After months of gestation in her parents’ basement, Like I Used To, the debut album from Lucy Rose was released Fall 2012. Having gained a status and fan-base most new artists can only dream of long before her recent signing to Columbia Records, the young Lucy Rose is now able to sell out 1500-capacity venues with ease, and indeed, her first in-store at Rough Trade East last November was so oversubscribed that 50 latecomers were stuck outside. Because of her long-standing DIY ethic and having no CDs to give away at her early shows, Lucy took to making jam and her own brand of tea to sell at the merch stand – a tradition that she has continued. Along with such press accolades as the front cover of The Fly and new band features at Sunday Times, NME, Daily Mirror, Music Week, etc. Lucy Rose has been clocking up the airplay counts – including next single ‘Lines’ reaching the A List at BBC 6 Music and the B List at Radio 1 – with Zane Lowe bestowing upon it the title of his Hottest Record In The World.
Like I Used To is the result of almost five years of open mic nights and tireless touring both as a vocalist for Bombay Bicycle Club and as an artist in her own right. It’s an astonishingly accomplished record for a singer who turned 23 the night she concluded her UK headline tour at London’s Heaven, one of those rare debut albums where every song deserves to be there. Lucy’s journey began when she hopped on a train to London, leaving behind the house she would return to years later to record Like I Used To. Striking out for the big city and the big time, armed with an acoustic guitar and an unstoppable dedication, Lucy played every open-mic night imaginable. She met people on the way who are still with her now and with their support and her graft she learned the ropes. As her songs and sentiments spread their warmth through the iciest of hearts, Lucy became that most modern of phenomenon; she went ‘viral’. Her biggest videos have clocked up over 800,000 views each and on average, her sessions and videos are receiving 250,000 views each. Her debut album is a confessional of disarming intimacy and candid truth. To quote the Daily Star: “So simple she makes Adele look try-hard.”