Spotting Candice Armitage and Kelly Grevler in a crowd is by no means challenging. The girls, who collectively make up Lacey May, are undeniably striking, with their sweet and unassuming personalities adding to the overall package. But, there’s more to this duo than meets the eye.
Both reveal a deep-seated passion for music, having studied vocals (Armitage) and guitar (Grevler) at COPA (Campus Of Performing Arts). A sense of jealousy begins to brew as the girls break out into a harmonious quirky folk-pop song, and one wonders how they made it to the front of each line when God was handing out positive attributes.
Although the two studied at the same institution, they only began performing together after they had finished their courses; it was a “Candice liked Kelly’s skirt. Kelly liked that Candice liked her skirt,” situation, apparently.
In a world where sex sells, musicians are commonly known for taking the overtly sexual approach to their presentation.
“We never want to be gimmicky,” says Armitage, “which is difficult when you walk such a fine line between mainstream and niche.”
“Whatever we do, we do with integrity,” says Grevler.
“We want to make music but we’re not ready to sell our souls.”
Breaking all the rules, the pair have allowed eight months to pass since releasing their debut single Back To Shore.
“We’ve taken our time to write the new single,” Grevler explains.
“It’s called Tip Toe and set for release this September. We’ve grown – we needed to grow – as individuals and musicians, so we don’t really care if people say ‘Oh, but Lacey May is so last year’.”
Teaming up with accomplished songwriter Gavin Edwards (who has worked with the likes of Pink and Natalie Imbruglia), Lacey May explore new territories, promising a refined and more distinguished sound.
“At first we were a little closed off to the idea of working with different songwriters,” explains Armitage.
“Sometimes you get so bogged down in your own nonsense,” Grevler adds, “and we’re perfectionists, always knit-picking, so when somebody fresh comes in, it opens your eyes to a whole new world. But we’ve collaborated so much lately that we’ve realised what possibilities are out there and we’ve gained a lot from that.”
“Don’t overcomplicate things,” says Armitage.
“We are way too over-critical and Gavin taught us how to relax. I could barely perform in public when I first started out. I’ve gained so much confidence in my singing and my songwriting in this last year that it’s added significantly to my self-esteem.”
“Gavin adds over 300 songs to his catalogue each year,” say Grevler.
“It’s inspired us to go home everyday and write more songs and mess around with different sounds.”
With this extra burst of energy and experience, Lacey May have taken their quirky sound to new heights, incorporating addictive hooks and foot tapping melodies, whilst staying true to the core of who they are.