Singer-songwriter Annie Eve takes in Brighton Komedia on Sunday, October 26, on her first headline tour.
It comes off the back of her debut album, released at the end of August and called simply Sunday 91.
“I was born on a Sunday in ’91,” she explains. “The title wasn’t pre-planned. It just came to me, just something that came into my head.”
Releasing the album wasn’t necessarily a nerve-racking thing, she says: “I was just more curious, just wanting to know what people thought of it. But people are really reaching out for it. It is good. People have enjoyed listening to it.”
All the tracks on the recording are Annie’s own: “I started writing at the same time that I started the guitar when I was 13 or 14. My brother is seven years older than me, and he got a guitar. He was learning to play, and it just drew me in.
“He taught me the beginnings of the guitar, and then when he went away to uni, I taught myself. When he came back, we would jam. It was just a nice thing to have. It was just something that I really liked to do. I never thought too much about it seriously until when I was about 15 or 16 and you start getting asked what you think you want to do.
“I left school to do music. I had just turned 16. I think my hand was forced really because the school didn’t want me to stay because I was not the most attentive student. The only class that I was interested in was English, and really you need to have an all-round relationship with your classes. It was a scary decision at the time, but I remember thinking a year later that I was so glad that I had come to it.
“I started playing, and I did a BTec in music. I started going to open-mic nights around Camden because part of the course was to do live performance.
“I realised that I had stage fright. I started doing the open-mic nights to counter it. I am over it. Totally. It has been a while. There are still butterflies, but they are good butterflies. Nerves and adrenalin are always welcome, but it was the uncontrollable shaking that I could not handle. It was like doing something that you are really sacred of, but it was just something that I knew I had to do.”
Annie’s has gone on to be singled out by Sunday Times Culture, Guardian and Clash as a performer to watch, and she has also played on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury.
She has also supported Daughter, Fionn Regan and Little Green Cars and issued two EPs. Her debut single Elvis gained support from Huw Stephens, Alice Levine on Radio One, Mary Anne Hobbs (it was a 6 Music Breakfast Show Record of the Week) and Steve Lamacq. Now the debut album and the headline tour take it all to the next level.
Good progress for someone who describes herself as a ‘strange kid’.
“The thought of death always freaked me out,” she says. “I used to cry about that. Nostalgia always had a grasp on me: that sense of being in a moment and feeling hollow because you know it will slip away and be a memory; that wilting feeling. I always felt as though I was watching life rather than participating in it.”
The gig starts at 7.30pm.