KEEP your eyes and ears peeled when Bec Sandridge is in Newcastle in February because the chances are you’ll catch a free gig.
Despite being one of most interesting singer-songwriters to emerge lately in the indie scene, Sandridge remains a keen busker.
“Even when I’m touring I’ll often go out during the day and then do the show at night,” Sandridge said. “I think it’s a really good way to get your music out there to different people. It’s my job too, to make money.”
It was the countless hours spent playing acoustic guitar for spare change on the streets of her home town of Wollongong and Glasgow that honed the 26-year-old’s quirky pop songs that take inspiration from the likes of Blondie, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.
“I think the biggest compliment in the world is when someone stops in the middle of their day and listens to you in the street because nobody is asking you to perform,” she said. “I think it’s completely different. I get more nervous when I’m busking than at my own shows because anything can happen when you’re busking in the street.”
Outside of busking, plenty is happening for the peroxide blonde with dyed-dark eyebrows. After three EPs of acoustic folk-pop, Sandridge underwent a reinvention a year ago when she released the track In The Fog, In The Flame. The 80s-inspired indie sound captured a broader audience and was followed by the catchy tracks You’re A F—king Joke and High Tide and the EP last month, In The Fog.
The EP was about exploring her sound and setting the tone for Sandridge’s debut album, which she expects to release late next year.
“I think when I was writing the songs I was still writing on an acoustic, but I had a good hard think about what I was listening to and what I enjoyed seeing when I saw bands,” she said. “At the core of it I really love sad songs, but I also love having a good boogie, so I wanted to combine those two elements.”
Bec Sandridge plays at the Cambridge Hotel on Thursday.