Celebrating 10 years as a successful dance/pop quartet, Ladytron released their 'Best Of' compilation in late March of this year, and are currently in the midst of a UK Tour to commemorate their work since forming in 1999. Their forthcoming album, Gravity the Seducer, is scheduled for release in September. Singer Helen Marnie reflects on the last decade exclusively with Gutter Magazine.
Releasing a 'Best Of' collection is quite an achievement – what is your proudest moment as a band so far?
It is quite a milestone. Really, I'm just happy we've made it this far, and have managed to carve a path for ourselves over the last 10 years. We've had highs, and lows, but we've managed to come through them as a band. It's a bonus that we still talk to each other, and continue to be friends.
Does Ladytron have more to contribute?
We definitely have more to contribute, and I hope people will want to listen. We really enjoy getting into the studio and hearing our songs develop, and on the live stage it's always great to play new material.
You've paved the way for artists including Lady Gaga and La Roux, but who inspires you?
I always find the 'inspiration' question kind of strange. I like many different artists and genres, but I don't think they inspire me when I'm sitting down and writing music. It is subliminal, I guess. At the moment, I'm enjoying what Yeasayer do – they're fun and they make me want to move my body.
Is it more difficult to achieve recognition and success when you play the music that you do?
Ladytron has never been mainstream, and I am grateful for that. We have managed to be successful in our own right without all the hassle that comes with fame. We've had plenty of recognition over the years, but Ladytron will probably never appeal to the masses. It's more of an acquired taste.
For all the Ladytron virgins, what can they expect from one of your gigs?
Well, the gig will be LOUD!!! We always crank it up as much as we can. Expect lots of synths, but please don't expect us to smile. If I see something funny, I'll laugh, however singing and smiling at the same time don't mix.
How has your music changed since you first formed?
The entire music world has evolved and changed. Labels are pretty much no more. The internet has taken over. It was pretty much indie rock when we started out. It seems that mainstream has taken a complete U-turn and the way we were doing it back in 1999 is now the norm.
What were your hopes/aims when going to record Gravity the Seducer?
Before we went into the studio, we expected Gravity to turn into an atmospheric record, more coffee table, perhaps. However, you cannot tame the beast! It is different from our previous albums, more mellow, but the pop element is still there. As an album, it just soars, and the songs seem to belong together.
What's next for Ladytron?
Apart from a few summer festivals in Europe, we undertake a small UK tour in June. We've also got a US tour lined up for autumn.
Published: 9 June 2011