Ahead of SAINTE's first ever shows, we catch up with Tay Jardine to find out how she's feeling about it all.
YOU ACTUALLY HAVE MUSIC OUT AGAIN! HOW DO YOU FEEL?
Says Tay: “Relieved! The joke has been that soon is finally now. I was tweeting, ‘It’s coming out soon, I promise!’ so to finally have it out is great.”
IT MUST FEEL AMAZING TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SHOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN UP TO…
“I’m still just as proud of it. I was worried that I would get sick of it, so I actually stopped listening to all of the songs for about 10 months. I was like, ‘Nope, not listening to them because I’m gonna get sick of them…’”
UP UNTIL NOW SAINTE LIVED ONLINE. DOES IT FEEL REAL UNTIL YOU STEP OUT ONTO A STAGE?
“Up until now it’s a mystery as to how I look and how it was going to be perceived. I’m obviously just so grateful and excited that these people didn’t give up on me, because I just needed that, I needed the time for a number of reasons and just to have that validation now is the greatest gift – that anybody is paying attention.”
ASIDE FROM THE UK SHOWS, WHAT DOES HAPPEN NOW?
“It’s totally mapped out! More content, a few more videos… We started in the UK because I think for a long time now, even with We Are The In Crowd, it was my best response, and for some reason fans in the UK just give off this sort of vibe that starts everything. I just trusted that."
YOU MUST BE PUMPED TO GET OUT ON STAGE AGAIN…
“I’ve been shaking my leg like, ‘Come on!’ I needed this time off just to be a real person I think and work on myself mentally.
"I’d been going through a lot of really bad depression and was going to some therapists and some doctors trying to figure out how I can balance myself and get myself into this place that I created as SAINTE. Right now I’m more than happy and healthy. It’s been worth the wait for me as well.”
WHO’S IN THE TOURING BAND?
“[We Are The In Crowd bandmates] Cameron [Hurley] and Mike [Ferri] will definitely be over for [the UK shows]. Mike is also managing the project so as much as he can play, he will, but Cameron’s definitely on board and we’ll switch out the rest of the backline depending on who’s available.”
SO YOU CAN JUST HAVE LOADS OF FRIENDS PLAY WITH YOU?
“It’s really fun and it kind of brings me back to paying in a garage like, ‘Hey, do you wanna jam today?’.
"And because it is all in my hands as far as there’s no label telling me what to do, there’s no management to say, ‘You can’t do this’. The people we are working with are just so supportive and there’s a really strong bond and there’s a lot of trust within the project. It’s really great to have that freedom.”
IT MUST BE NICE TO NOT BE ‘TAY FROM WE ARE THE IN CROWD’ FOR ONCE, TOO.
“Yeah, especially because as these songs were coming alive I felt like I was different.
"I didn’t feel like Tay from We Are The In Crowd when I was writing these songs, I just felt like myself and I felt myself growing and changing. I just knew it was time to let myself express myself so much more freely.”
AND IT MUST BE AMAZING TO HAVE PEOPLE THINK OF SAINTE WHEN THEY HEAR YOUR NAME, RIGHT?
“It’s something that was a blessing in disguise from that time away from We Are The In Crowd. I think if I were to have released this project even six months or a year from when we had stopped touring with We Are The In Crowd, ‘Oh, I like the old stuff better’ would have been the immediate response from a lot of people.
"This gave everybody time to sit on other music that was coming out or grow their music library and just be like, ‘Oh wait, what’s this?’ I’ve even seen people say, ‘I’ve never heard of you before! SAINTE is great!’ They’ve never even heard of We Are The In Crowd.
"That’s one of the biggest compliments.”
WHO DO YOU TOUR WITH NOW? I’M SURE YOU COULD GET ON HUNDREDS OF TOURS WITH WARPED TOUR BANDS, BUT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?
“For sure. I’ve been looking at things that are totally different that would just make a good show, not necessarily a pop-punk show.
"I’ve had plenty of my friends be like, ‘Oh my God, your music’s out. Let’s tour!’ and I’m like, ‘I would love to, but it would look so weird.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but it’d be fun!’ Honestly, I want to step outside that box.
"I think it’d be really cool to do an R&B-type tour or something that’s just you wouldn’t expect and you’d have a really good time at, versus a tour that would be super comparative."
SAINTE’s debut EP ‘smile, and wave’ is out now, and you can catch SAINTE's first ever shows this week.
10 - MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
11 - LONDON Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen