Having spent her formative musical years lending her guitar talents to a variety of bands across her hometown of London including Love Nor Money and Shotgun Venus, Anna Tosh has now decided to go it alone. Her self-penned songs demanded attention and with the assistance of a rhythm section featuring Herman Stephen’s on bass and Jeremy JayJay on drums, Tosh is carving out her mark as a solo artist. “My intention for my solo project was simply to write some songs for myself, with no boundaries or expectations,” she says. “I was deliberately trying not to think of what anyone else might expect me to do, and chucked the idea of seeming cool out of the window.”
As for the music genres which have influenced her new solo sound: “My roots are in punk, rock and blues,” says Anna, “but I have been playing and listening to hip hop, drum and bass, funk, psychedelia, dream pop, experimental electronica…”
Her upcoming EP ‘One Big Fire’ blends an electric range of musical influences that includes Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and David Bowie. Tosh credits this release with re-introducing both herself and her audience to her agile vocal abilities. “I have re-discovered my singing voice, which had lain dormant for a long time.”
The break up of a relationship is what spurred Anna to reassess her music direction and take the route of solo artist. This of course gives her greater control over her musical output too. The new direction lead to the creation of ‘One Big Fire’ EP which deals with the themes of friends, lovers and the complexities we all face in these relationships including the capriciousness of them. “They come and go from one moment to the next,” says Anna. “It’s a never ending source of inspiration how weird life is.”
‘Weightless’ is the lead single taken from ‘One Big Fire’ EP (espirit de corps/Autumn 2017) and chosen by us as a must stream track.