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The sum of the Bdy_Prts

Production and politics (with Jill O’Sullivan)

By • Dec 12th, 2017 • Category: Feature

Their look isn’t quite the ski mask chic of Pussy Riot, but Jill O’Sullivan, along with bandmate Jenny Reeve, won’t be dressing down when they play with the Russian political punks.

The Glasgow-based electronic duo aren’t quite sure how they landed the gig, but Jill doesn’t care. “They’re cool, with a great political message, plus I’m intrigued to see them live, so it was a no-brainer,” she says.”

Certainly the audience will be quite different to their ‘home’ crowd who they’ll face in a string of launch dates for album ‘Fly Invisible Hero’. “It maybe is part of their agenda,” she agrees. “Challenge their audience, shake things up a bit.”

Despite the lengthy recording process for their debut, Jill is still
excited at its imminent arrival. “I’ve been in bands where as soon as you finish the first album you start on the next one.”

That may have been the case with O’Sullivan’s previous act, Sparrow and the Workshop, who recorded three albums over the space of five years. Bandmate Reeve has cropped up on many releases, including the Snow Patrol supergroup offshoot The Reindeer section, before assembling her own troupe, Strike The Colours.

So perhaps it was inevitable the two would meet, although the manner was fortuitous. “We were part of the Fruit Tree foundation, a Mental Health arts project run by Emma Pollock and Rod Jones of Idlewild, and told to write a song together.” The duo continued to collaborate: “We wanted to explore, dabbling with loop pedals and r’n’b beats,” she recounts.

Which takes us to the third member of the, er, duo. “Jenny’s partner Jonny Scott, as well as drumming for The Kills and Chvrches had loads of
experience in production and said he’d help us out – and got this bigger and louder sound that crosses over into electro territory.”

And there are others making very visible contribution to Bdy_Prts –
costume designers Urara Tsuchiya and Lesley Anne Hepburn, which shape the live show.

“There’s this feeling that if you mask yourself you can say and do and be anybody – one we share with Pussy Riot maybe,” she says of the exotic stage garb. “So when you don a costume, particularly a weird one… we don’t go for necessarily go for sexy, that’s not our vibe – we’re just trying to confuse people a bit!”

(This feature originally appeared in the Bellshill Speaker)

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