ARTIST NAME: Georgie Femme
SONG TITLE: (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me
RELEASE DATE: 26/04/2019
Georgie Femme bring a fresh queer perspective to modern British guitar-pop.
Frontwoman Georgie McBurnie’s lyric-heavy, allegoric songwriting touches on themes including love, loss, mental health, gender euphoria, and trans experience, supported by high-energy guitar arrangements between herself and lead guitarist Ali Hitit, and danceable grooves from bassist Eve Singleton and drummer Tom Mitchell.
The band started after Georgie, sick of hearing her songs sounding ‘half-finished’ on acoustic guitar, asked her housemate Tom if he wanted to “start a band and take over the world”.
After recruiting Ali and Eve, plans for world domination are still in the works, but they are definitely now a band – and that will have to do for now.
Musically, the band takes influence from Talking Heads, Queen, Devo, Ween, RHCP, and The Cat Empire, while their lyrics have been compared to those of Courtney Barnett, Belle and Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields, and Regina Spektor.
In the five short months, they have been together as a band, Georgie Femme have developed an hour-long set of original material and amassed a small but devoted following in Brighton.
Their debut single ‘((Yo Yo Yo) You’re So So) Sweet To Me’ is available to stream and download now, with more material scheduled for release over the summer and autumn of 2019.
Discuss your composition and melody.
The title hook was the starting point for the composition of the rest of the song; I [Georgie, Vocals, and Guitar] was experimenting with the ragtime cadence at the end of the hook (Do7 into Dmaj7) on piano and thought it sounded cool, so I set it up with the rest of the harmony in D Lydian and constructed the melody by ear from there.
The verses of the song shift tonality into A Ionian, which sounds a little more grounded but still provides a bit of lift by contrast when the chorus comes back in.
State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.
This song was recorded by the eminent Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley at Brighton Electric recording studios.
Win has a long history of making great-sounding records with bands and did a lot to put us at ease while we were recording which helped us to get some really nice takes while we were there. I mixed the song myself, and it was mastered by Zac Chandler.
Discuss the lyrics of the song.
Last year, my dentist told me I’m not allowed to eat sugar anymore. I found it really hard to stop, especially because I adore sugary coffees and fruit juices…
It just so happens that this all took place shortly after I’d ended a relationship with someone I really liked and still have a lot of respect for, but who couldn’t give me any personal space. I saw some parallels between the two circumstances and this song felt like a natural conclusion.
Elaborate on your music career.
Since our first gig in December 2018, we’ve built a small but devoted local following in Brighton. We’ve had an incredibly warm response to our first single, and we have more material ready to release later this year.
Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.
We’ve had a lot of feedback from fans that our lyrics and the vibe of our music are easy to connect with, which has been pretty reassuring.
We’re completely self-sustaining as a band, so we’ve had to teach ourselves the ins-and-outs of social media promotion to try and reach as many people as possible.
Discuss your motive behind making music.
Making people dance and smile! It’s as simple as that really; as a wise woman once said: groove is in the heart. We just want to connect with as many people as possible to spread joy through our tunes!
Discuss your lyrics and songwriting.
I try not to take myself too seriously with our material for Georgie Femme songs.
A lot of our tunes have the biting, sardonic humor to them which I think often drives home more serious ideas in a more effective way than a deadpan delivery can.
There aren’t many transgender lyricists making the style of music that we do.
I have enormous love and gratitude for trans artists who make more political punk or acoustic music, which seems to be more common across the demographic, but I’ve always had a thing for funky pop-rock music and that seems to be the niche we’ve ended up filling with Georgie Femme.
That said, I think by the very nature of my personal identity, our music as a band becomes socio-political even though I often disguise gender-related lyrics behind a layer of metaphor or allegory.
Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.
We sold out our debut launch show and we’ve been described as “the most original band in Brighton right now” by a promoter. I’m not sure if that last statement can really apply to anyone band considering how varied the music scene is, and how much talent there is here, but it’s certainly nice to hear considering we’ve only played four gigs so far!
Tell us your opinion on using a rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.
I try not to use a rhyming dictionary if I can help it, but I don’t think there’s any shame in it so long as you aren’t compromising the point the song is trying to make.
As for writing software, again I don’t use it, but I think it depends on the aesthetic of what you’re trying to create.
For some styles of electronic music it’s ideal, and even for rock music, well, it worked for Bowie with ‘Life on Mars’ I guess, and that’s kind of difficult to argue with.
Discuss the music industry.
From what I can tell, major labels are still calling many of the shots in terms of who you hear on the radio and in Hollywood films a lot of the time, but more now than ever, the music industry is comprised of independent artists, labels and promoters making cool stuff, and making cool stuff happen.
The way that technology (streaming and social media in particular) has shaped the industry seems to be a double-edged sword.
Yes, it’s easier than ever to get your work out and represent yourself, but that’s true for everyone.
The result is this ‘tyranny of choice’ where you need to really go above and beyond to get your music heard.
To say that you have to ‘really want’ a career in music is an understatement; it has to be a necessity.
Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.
Chai tea and tai chi.
Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo, or slow tempo.
It totally depends on the song! If the lyrics are super-sad, then maybe a 120 BPM shuffle isn’t going to be the right backdrop.
More often than not I’d rather dance than cry though, so keep that funky mid and up-tempo grooves coming all day and I’ll be a very happy bunny.
Discuss your shows or live performance.
We are definitely genre-hoppers at heart, and I think that really comes across in our live shows.
We keep everything as tight as possible and try to include the crowd as much as we can.
Ultimately, we’re there to give a good night to whoever comes out to our shows and I think it is important to let them know they’re appreciated.
Also, we haven’t missed yet with finding banging support acts!
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Gladly! Check out these lovely words from the folks over at Dusty Studios Productions:
Prepare yourself for the catchiest earworm since possibly ever with Georgie Femme’s stunning debut.
“(Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me” begins on a smooth tone: for just a moment it’s unsure sure what kind of journey this track will take you on before it cements itself firmly in that sweet-spot between easy listening and dynamic creativity (the funky, dancey kind).
It ramps everything up a little with each passing verse, the tune and lyrics are simple and catchy enough to grab attention, and the rest is history.
Frontwoman Georgie’s impressive vocal range forges the way for diversity in the melody.
The whole song is peppered with harmonies and tongue clicks like Easter eggs.
The bright guitar and groovy back-beat make the perfect soundtrack for your summer barbecue and wine evening. Or your commute to work, you are in-shower concerts, or maybe even your journey to the cinema to watch Infinity War. Whatever you’re doing this coming week, we can assure you this is the easy-listening pop groove you didn’t know you needed to brighten up all the dull parts of your life. Washing the dishes will never be the same.
Send a message across to your fans and supporters.
A big fat THANK YOU if you’ve listened to our single or come out to one of our shows, and if you haven’t had the chance yet, then we look forward to meeting you!
Discuss the storyline of the song.
(Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me is a story of true love and tooth loss.
Tell us what makes this song unique from others.
As far as I’m aware, it’s the only breakup song out there about dental hygiene!
Tell us the themes of most of your compositions.
It really does vary song-to-song! While this is our only song about teeth, we have tunes about love, devotion, loss, emotion, being fantastic, running away to the Pyrenees, seasonal depression, gender euphoria, transphobia, body image, teenage disillusionment, trains, bonfire night, and nature worship. We’re really glad to have (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me out there in the world, but we have so much more music to deliver – and we’re beyond hyped for it!