Gary Flockhart: Catch Lucy Rose rise to stardom

Lucy Rose. Pic: Comp

Lucy Rose. Pic: Comp

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LUCY Rose isn’t quite a household name, but she is hardly a hidden gem either.

Since debut album, Like I Used To was released to huge acclaim in 2012, she has been considered one of indie’s brightest up-and-comers - and that reputation was only enhanced during high-profile support slots with Canadian folk-rock legend Neil Young and long-time friends, Bombay Bicycle Club.

As a result, this column isn’t alone in tipping the Warwickshire lass to become one of 2015’s biggest breakout stars - but it’s probably the only one saying you should buy, beg for or steal tickets to her gig at Electric Circus tomorrow, where she is road-testing her long-awaited second album, Work It Out, ahead of its planned summer release.

It’s been a long time in the making, her newbie, and the 25-year-old admits she had to tame her ego a bit in order to get it finished.

“I thought I’d done it, but my label told me to carry on writing,” she says. “I was upset, but they were right because I wrote a lot of new songs that were better than the ones I’d got previously.

“It was totally worth the delay. You push yourself and a different side of you comes out, and now we’re all happy, even if my ego has to accept I was wrong and they were right.”

While the songs on her first album were sensitive, acoustic numbers, new single Our Eyes has a bigger, more electronic sound.

As fans will discover in the Capital tomorrow, though, she’s not gone all Ellie Goulding on us and packed the record full of synths.

“There are some slower, acoustic songs on the new record, some with me playing piano for a change, but it’s a more diverse record,” she says.

“We’re going to play seven or eight [new songs]. We’re a heavy touring band, so it’s great to have some new material to play.”