It's from the crumbling decay of Manchester that her creative mastery comes.

The city’s brutalist architecture is a deep-rooted inspiration for post-punk artist LoneLady, aka Julie Campbell, who’s sounds encompass her turbulent relationship with the concrete jungle.

It seems to have been at the forefront of her mind when recording her latest release, Hinterland, which went public last year and found its way onto top 50 albums of the year lists.

And fans will get to experience it all live at her last scheduled gig at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club on January 23.

“Brutalism is an ongoing theme with me,” she said.

“This sense of being surrounded by concrete can sometimes feel oppressive because it’s quite a harsh environment.

“But over time I’ve started to see the architecture as beautiful, especially bunkers.

“I did a residency at the Barbican last July, which is a fantastic example of brutalism.

“It was part of my continuing exploration of how concrete effects the psyche.”

Julie talked about the success of the album, an artful release that blends the low-fi sounds of synths and drum machine with more vibrant tones of cello, keyboard, clavinet, percussion and dozens of her other musical toys.

“I never think of the audience when I’m making a record or about what will happen when it’s released – it’s a total gamble so it’s great when something good happens.

“Obviously I love the album and it means a lot for other people to like it – even when just one person comes up to me after a gig and says they liked it.

“I’ve always had a pop sensibility and I’ve always wanted to make catchy music so that was the aim.

“It’s not difficult music on the album, it’s got a lot more driving and simple grooves.

“I make and produce my records, 70 per cent of which happens in my home studio in my towerblock flat in Ancoats.

“I start with my drum machine, which I get going and everything comes on top.

“I started off with those instruments and found a blueprint through it, although I’ve swapped some of them now for newer models.

“I just made music with what I could afford.

“They have been really helpful as they taught me to be really resourceful.”

Julie talked about the sounds that have also influenced her work.

“A lot of my musical icons are from the post-punk scene, such as Josef K and Cabaret Voltaire.

“But more broadly, I listen to a lot of RnB, hip hop and funk.

“I’m listening to music like that a lot at the moment because there seems to be a lot more ideas floating around than in guitar music.”

The album’s critical reception led to a busy year.


“Touring was really full-on last year because I got a lot of radio play for the new album,” she added.

“It really broadened my audience and seemed to click with a lot of people.

“I’ve got a four-piece live band which is the most I’ve ever had on stage with me.

“I didn’t know what LoneLady mark two would be like but it gives me more energy with more people on stage and I think this extends into my audience.

“There was a lot of dancing at my gigs last year.

“Iceland was my highlight and we made it to the Arctic Circle and Sensoria Festival in Sheffield.

“I played Glastonbury but larger festivals take a lot of getting used to.

“We became a feel good band there which was great but it was good to get back to small, murky venues.”

2016 is a year of exciting unknowns for Julie.

“I’ve been reflecting on the album and I’m not going to dive head long into my next one.

“I’m just going to see where the year takes me.”

Tickets to LoneLady’s Trades Club show, which starts at 8pm, are £13.75 advance and can be booked at