Stealing Sheep are an art-pop band from Liverpool, who formed in 2010. Their line up includes Rebecca Hawley (vocals and keys), Emily Lansley (vocals and guitar) and Luciana Mercer (vocals and drum kit). Their debut studio album ‘Into the Diamond Sun’ was released in 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. It melded surfy guitar with stand up percussion, YAMAHA PSS-270 keyboard banks and three-way vocals. The lead single ‘Shut Eye’ was an internet ‘cult’ success after featuring in the Sony Vista game ‘Tear Away’ generating a viral thread of animated fan videos and animatics.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
M born in London, Luci in Liverpool and Bex in Stoke on Trent! We all live in Liverpool now.
Tell us about your musical concept and what makes it unique:
We’re three songwriters and front women sharing the stage with no one leader, we take it in turns to support each other’s ideas and help each other’s visions come to fruition. Our signature thread is vocals, with three distinctively different vocal sounds that half a very particular sound in harmony together. We have an unusual approach to live performance that keeps things experimental and fresh for us and always challenging and imaginative.
You have an American tour coming up, is this your first and how excited are you?
This is our first tour in America and we can’t wait. Interested to know what music scenes we’ll discover and how people will respond to our sound and show. (Due to Covid-19 shows may be postponed)
What is your live setup onstage?
We adapt this regularly but we usually have bass guitar, bass synth, keys, full kit and three part vocals.
Describe your onstage fashion personas:
We like using vibrant colors and big costume that makes us look huge on big stages. We’ve experimented a lot with customized costumes including patterned suits and inflatable elements. We also like to incorporate light up elements in our stage wear.
What does one do on a Sunday in Liverpool?
Life drawing class, visit museums and take a ferry across the Mersey.
Are there things that anger you happening in the world right now?
It feels like we’re in peak capitalism and watching hedonism implode, media frenzies normalizing extremes and a general reconditioning of our very beings but maybe every generation feels like this – maybe it’s all relative.
What else do you have coming up?
We’ve got a big season of festivals in Europe in the summer and we’ve got new tracks coming out this year.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
It reminds me of ‘Strange is beautiful’ and finding beauty in your shadows – a reminder that conventions are boring and we should embrace differences.
Photo credit Mariella Driskell