"Every song is about this internal good versus evil. I'm really into religious allegories as a metaphor for dealing with depression and anxiety. I'm working on one where the lyrics are 'I hate myself' and just saying that out loud–I was crying when I was writing it, it's incredibly cathartic. I'm finally making the music I want to be making." Jenny Gillespie (AKA Coco Barracuda) is talking about the intensely personal subject matter of her upcoming album. Gillespie talks about this album being her soul, and the songs are pouring out as a result. Coco Barracuda is 100 percent under Gillespie's command–she produces, writes, records and composes, playing around with melodies and pedals and synths and samples, layering and layering until the gossamer wisps come together into a web of song.
"Everything is an experiment," Gillespie says. Inspired by the performances of Jun Togawa and David Byrne, Gillespie is moving from her bedroom recording studio to the stage with a fully realized show. Visuals are important, and her OBEY performance will feature a spliced together slide show that Gillespie created, as well as a more orchestral live representation, with backup vocals and choreography. "It's really important to me to work with primarily women," says Gillespie, collaborators Amanda Griffin and Amy Vinnedge will be on hand for Saturday's show.
"Art has an incredible way to be able to unload mental and emotional baggage, and that's exactly what this is, it feels sort of selfish in a way," says Gillespie. "People have related to it so much already. I'm really kind of shy and reclusive, it's coming from this root of insecurity and bedroom music, but I want to turn it into something for people struggling with depression to come out of their shells.
"I really want to do something different in Halifax, I can feel we're ready for it."
Saturday, May 24 at 12:30pm
Bus Stop Theatre