Last year, Rozi Plain released third album ‘Friend’– a record that was both life-affirming and devastating; a hopeful beacon in a world that (let’s be real) really sucks sometimes. And that’s what Rozi does best, evoking a certain sense of humour that makes her a captivating storyteller above any lazy genre labels. Yes, she makes it seem as though we can make it out alive.
“It feels like the documentation of a powerful and significant time…”
“It feels like the documentation of a powerful and significant time,” she says of the record. “I feel really fond of [those songs] because it was such a good experience making the album.” This year, she asked a bunch of pals to remix the album, with Joshua James, Boxed In, Babe, WOLF and Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke all lending a hand. “We got too many to squeeze them all on which was a real shame,” she continues, “but there are some really great ones on there, some real pumpers!”
It’s an accumulation of sorts, after an intense year of touring – including stops at SXSW and a slot at BBC 6Music Festival. Rozi also plays bass in Bristol favourites This is the Kit, meaning she’s barely off the road at all. “We’re very lucky that sometimes we get to go to some really exciting places,” she says. “I think my highlight of the last year of touring would have to be playing Iceland Airwaves. It was ridiculous! Amazing festival, Northern lights bonanza and swimming in a hot flowing river at the top of a volcanic mountain!”
It doesn’t look as though she’ll be slowing down any time soon, with new material already in the works. “After this next run of shows, when things get slightly less busy, I’m going to roll up my socks, get my elbow to the grindstone and see if the cat licks it up!”
Rozi Plain plays The Wardrobe Theatre on 2nd May.
Watch the ever-brilliant ‘Actually’ here: