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we also had Record of the Week on Radio 2, which was really good and ‘She’s a Woman’ was played every night for a whole week. Obviously we’ve done a few 6Music sessions too, with Stuart Maconie – he really liked our stuff, so we did a few sessions with him and that was fantastic; it gave us such a boost and it really pushes you.

If we talked about your locality, your sound is anything but Norwich-centric and the new ‘Bedtime for the Almost Living Dead’ is almost tribal, but your lyrics can often read with Norfolk as a muse… Does it still inspire? Yeah! I mean you’ll be familiar with the song ‘Man Walks’ if you know the first album…

Acle Straight! Yeah, the Acle Straight. Well Pete wrote that about a sign that someone had spray-painted on some bridge, like ‘Free the Saxlingham One’ or something like that! I don’t know if I know what I’m gonna write about before I do, but we like to keep humour in it and there always seems to be a lot of humour in Norfolk, with people’s ways! On the new album though, I’ve written a few songs, which are about places further afield, like tropical islands and stuff like that – not that I’ve visited many, but it’s just one of those things where I just like to write about far away places. It’s almost like if you haven’t been there, you can imagine it just how you like; it’s kind of a bit romantic.

Who does the majority of the writing? Do you split it? Yeah, we all write separately and then there’s that scary moment where you put your new song to the band and say, ‘this is my song!’ and they either like it or they hate it! If they hate it you just have to try and get over yourself and say, ‘right, fair enough – I’ll use it for a

different project’, or whatever! My favourite part is writing my song on my own at home, but then I also like putting it to the band and seeing the changes that are made that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

After bringing the first album to fruition, how did you approach the second album? You wrote it a while ago, didn’t you? Typically for us, we’d written quite a bit of it when the first album was coming out. We had the deal with Tummy Touch, or Boy Scout Records to record the album, so the problem was always going to be funding the second album. Tey were a very small label who

the back and everything has been our work, and that’s really satisfying. We also have the freedom now to put out more stuff, you know, we can put out that other album.

Tinking again about our locality, we’re speaking on a week where local boy Ed Sheeran is no. 3 in the UK charts and Fever Fever play Glastonbury – - I know, we played with Ed a few years ago actually and now he’s always on the radio. We kind of hold on to that kind of thing round here, don’t we! Tere are some fantastic bands round here at the moment and I think things like Sound & Vision help to put



couldn’t afford to keep putting money in all the time, so we got an Arts Council grant and that’s how we paid for this one. Dave Pye recorded us at Leeder’s Farm, which was really good, but nearly two years ago now. We finally got there, and I can’t quite believe how, but the CDs have arrived; we’ve got them back and it’s really nice to see them finished at last!

You’re putting this album out yourself, which has its very practical downsides – I read that you have a sore hand from stamping a load of promo CDs yourself – but what are the pros and cons of doing it this way? I had no idea how much work was involved putting something out yourself, and with me being pregnant as well my brain is not what it usually is! Tank goodness for the others really, but we’ve learnt a lot from doing it. But then again, to hold it on your hand and say you did the whole thing from start to finish, I mean our friend Jo took the photos on the front and

Norwich on the map, because it brings people to Norwich who wouldn’t normally know about it. It’s happening again this year and hopefully we’ll be a part of that, and that’ll probably be the last thing I do before I have this baby!

So what can we bring to you as an audience for the album launch gig? I’d say dance, and enjoy yourselves; this album is quite upbeat and you can dance to it, so it’d be really nice if people had a drink and a dance… and bought an album! Buy an album, buy a badge and enjoy yourselves!

Emma Garwood

Sargasso Trio play at the Norwich Arts Centre on July 2nd. For tickets, go to or call 01603 660352. Read the full version of this interview at /July 2011 / 39

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