Hailing from a small town has its perks and its hindrances; in what it can occasionally lack in opportunity and progression, it can make up for in admirable community spirit and a burning passion for creating something worthwhile. This has been the dilemma for Darlington’s twenty-one year old singer-songwriter extraordinaire Eve Conway, who has been vacillating between the two since her decision to briefly relocate to the Big Smoke for university. As she notes: “I think there’s a few struggles, probably that you’re only performing at your regular venues, but then at the same time, I love that about small towns. From living in London and seeing the difference, I get far more done in Darlington than in the big city. I think we adapt to the places we are made from.”
Darlington’s rousing cultural revivial in the past couple of years has seen the likes of Music Box, Love Fuzz and Hole in the Wall attract punters from all over the region, a movement Conway is elated to be a part of. “Darlington’s become such a haven of beautiful sounds and events recently. I love how all the venues come together and also never create conflicting gigs. It’s becoming it’s own little music scene and it’s such a pleasure to be involved!”
Music has always been the prime aspiration for Conway, constantly absorbing the ditties from her childhood, which sequentially forged her intricate alt-pop sound and overall taste. “I grew up in a very music filled home; there would always be music in the kitchen or my brothers playing. I began writing when I was very young, and my dad would put backing music on in the car so I could sing the words I could hear in my head.”
A bewitching fusion of R&B, folk and lo-fi gospel, her music emulates her experimental flair, and daring attitude towards mixing genres together to create a sound truly unique to herself. Citing Van Morrison, The Waterboys and NAO as prime musical influences, she often pens about the highs and lows of human experience. “Everything around me is inspiring. Give me a loop, a box and a hammer and I’ll write you a song about anything! I think if you try to keep up with the times and fit in, that’s where it’s going to go wrong.”
Her upcoming single, Hunger, which appears on Saturday 15th April alongside her appearance at Stockton Calling, is a pulsating slice of electro-pop, brimming with vigorously raw vocals and brooding lyricism. Coated with a powerful rhythm and showcasing Eve’s incredible abilities, the track, produced by Rob Irish, is set to amaze the masses. With the new addition to her setlist, Conway’s appetite to get back on the stage is more ravenous than ever (sorry). As Conway puts it, “even if one person in the crowd feels something during one of your songs, you’ve created the best song in the world. Music is my release, so for anyone else to connect or feel anything whilst I sing is just a complete bonus. I want people to listen to my songs and be able to solve world hunger!”
Hunger is released on Saturday 15th April. Eve Conway plays Stockton Calling on the same day.