The ‘L’ stands for ‘London’ in Stereo. But we keep crossing paths with the other big ‘L’ – the fine city of Liverpool. After swinging up north to catch a spirited Liverpool Music Week performance from Dream Wife earlier this month, we’re now rolling out the red carpet for Liverpool pop sensation Natalie McCool who arrives in London this week.

The versatile singer plays Cargo on Wednesday (November 23rd) and is armed with tunes from her striking new album, The Great Unknown. Recorded and produced with Dave Berger (Outfit) at Schall Und Wahn in Liverpool, it features additional production and mixes by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid, VITAMIN).

She excels at dark and gloomy pop music – but isn’t afraid to show off its delirious and upbeat side when needed. She calls it ‘prickly pop’ but it’s actually more remarkable for its seductive beauty and slinky, hazy vibe.

Ahead of her Cargo date we caught up with Natalie to ask her the burning questions. And hey, we didn’t see Labyrinth coming either…

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Pop with brains

My favourite film ever is…
Labyrinth!

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Sir Paul McCartney

The song I hate the most is…
Hmmmm…that is a really hard one. I’m not a fan of Copacabana by Barry Manilow.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Flyering in the freezing cold with no jacket.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Probably MJ

My favourite word is…
Flamingo

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
I really, really, really wish I could fly

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
At a huge power station at night with loads of weird lights and smoke.

I think you should listen to…
My buddy Silent Cities

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Jeff Buckley


Natalie McCool plays Cargo on November 23rd.