Katie Buchan, also known as Best Girl Athlete is back with another emotion-strewn single, Lucy, out now via Fitlike Records. The single also includes b-side Frayed and both tracks are available to stream.
Katie took some time out of her schedule to discuss the new single, the inspiration behind the name and working with Pete Harvey who is renowned throughout the Scottish folk scene.
TF: You must be ecstatic about the release of your new single, Lucy/Frayed?
Yeah, it’s had a great reception, which I’m obviously really pleased about. Lucy is one of my favourite tracks on the album and Frayed is truly one of the most heart-breaking songs I’ve ever heard. It was written by a friend we met whilst on tour in the States a couple of years ago and I was honoured that he was happy to let us cover the song. We’ve had a few folk say that they can’t listen to it without crying.
TF: And are we likely to expect an album soon or forthcoming tour?
This is actually the final single from the latest, self-titled album so it may be a while before the next one! It’s also hard to plan for a run of live dates as I’m currently studying law at university. I will be playing the odd show here and there though so ears open and eyes peeled! I played a gig with Billie Marten last month in Glasgow, which was pretty cool as I’m a big fan of hers.
TF: What inspired the band name, Best Girl Athlete?
Haha, I guess it is an odd name! When I was a bit younger, I was rather good at sports and I won a trophy in primary school that said ‘Best Girl Athlete in School’ on it. We were trying to think of a name for the band and that just seemed to jump out. We do actually have a song called ‘Best Girl Athlete in School’, which is on our Soundcloud page but never officially released. My dad wrote it after watching me at one of my school sports days and is one of the first songs we did together.
TF: What was it like to work with Pete Harvey?
As far as the recording goes, I wasn’t really involved with that as Pete just gets the tracks and scores and records in his own studio (Pumpkinfield Studios) in Perthshire. Obviously we give musical reference points and some direction as to what we are looking for. Pete has been part of the BGA live set up for the last few years so he had played some of these songs previously and obviously knew what would work. Pete is brilliant to work with as he understands the aesthetic of what we are aiming for. Importantly, he is also a lovely guy who has a fairly laid back approach to the process, which works great for us, even though he is super-busy and involved in so many other different projects. The fact that he is in so much demand says it all, I wouldn’t have anyone else arrange strings for us. Pete is the best!
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Played a couple of really special gigs last year including one at Jupiter Artland, just outside Edinburgh, a very interesting and beautiful venue with a lovely crowd. I also got to play a show with Richard Hawley at His Majesty’s Theatre as part of the True North Festival in Aberdeen. Both these shows were stripped back with just bass and cello and I love doing those types of shows. I’ve been very fortunate to have played some amazing venues over the last few years. My dad puts on shows occasionally and always tries to get alternative and unusual plays to play in, which often end up being the best ones.
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