Marika Hackman: “I remember quite liking Texas, but I don’t remember their songs.”

Marika Hackman: “I remember quite liking Texas, but I don’t remember their songs.”

Headed to SXSW for tacos and new material a-plenty, we catch up with Marika to talk Texas (the band) and big states.

Amped up with the raucous gusto of new single ‘Boyfriend’ – and with her no-doubt ace second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ out in June – Marika Hackman’s in Austin, for a chaotic whirlwind of shows. Her new backing band The Big Moon are in town, too, and there are millions of tacos waiting for the taking.

With a whole bunch of new songs up her crafty sleeves ready for a live airing, expect new material, drunken states, and admirable levels of burger-intake. Just don’t hold out for any bedazzled jackets, mind…

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Texas is the second biggest state in America. What’s the second biggest state you’ve ever been in, Marika?

The last day of my GCSEs, our last exam was physics at 9am, and then obviously we went to get pissed straight afterwards. I drank a whole bottle of wine in some woods somewhere, smoked a bit of a joint, and I was genuinely seeing four of everyone, and the ground was coming up to meet me every time I tried to walk. By the afternoon I was throwing up in my English teacher’s garden.

Are you a fan of the band Texas?

You know what, I remember quite liking Texas, but I don’t remember their songs. I just remember the frontwoman had a leather jacket with some rhinestones on the back, and she went on Top of the Pops. At the time, I was probably into it as a 12-year-old. I wouldn’t even know where to start, or end!

Will you get a Sharleen Spiteri-inspired jacket for SXSW, then?

Um. No.

Are you absolutely sure about that? You definitely hesitated there.

No, probably not. Depends if I get in any more states.  

Marika Hackman’s new album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ comes out on 2nd June via Sub Pop.