A conversation on music, lyrics, the monarchy and the end of the world with the singer-songwriter.
In the first Cultural Capital podcast for Newstatesman.com, I speak to the singer-songwriter Emma Lee Moss of the band Emmy the Great. Their second album, Virtue, is released today.
In the interview, we talk about the difficulties of being a woman in the music industry ("It's hard to be a woman anything . . . but that creates stronger women"); her song "Mistress England", which she wrote for the Observer's royal wedding special ("I found out I was anti-monarchy"); the student protests ("The media focused on the violence because it was sexy"); being a member of the Labour Party ("Obviously, I'm not going to go Lib Dem"); and the impact of the internet on musicians ("It's like being in the wild west - things are so unregulated"). She also explains how "the first time I fell in love, I got the squits".
Watch the video for their new single, "Iris":