Hannah Lucy has been writing and recording songs since childhood, but began performing as electro-pop artist Gaptooth in 2005.
Gaptooth songs are tales of modern life – commentaries on love, distant wars and domestic violence, workaday jobs and the nuclear family.It is Gaptooth’s wry, often political lyrics with a feminist bent which set her apart from the slew of synth pop acts gracing the UK charts in recent years. Her debut album takes in a host of genres, from indie-dance track ‘Ladykillers’ via the Euro-pop chorus of ‘Enduring Freedom’ and the trip-hop beats of ‘Whole Crazy Thing’ to the girl-and-a-guitar protest song ‘Take it Down’. Gaptooth cites influences from Le Tigre to Little Dragon, Portishead to P!nk and Belle and Sebastian to Bikini Kill. Gaptooth songs are tales of modern life – commentaries on love, distant wars and domestic violence, workaday jobs and the nuclear family.
Gaptooth’s early tracks were co-produced by Hannah Lucy herself and production duo A Scholar and a Physician (Foals, Chicks on Speed, MC Lars), whom she met in Oxford while studying for her degree in politics, philosophy and economics. The collaboration began when they recorded indie-pop track ‘Plans and Friends and Records’ for a compilation released by Truck Records in 2005. More recently Gaptooth has produced her tracks alone, and mixed them with Oli Horton at Dreamtrak Studio in Hackney.
After graduating, Hannah Lucy moved to Bristol, where she organised Ladyfest Bristol 2007 with friends, and quickly became established in the city’s live scene, playing gigs backed up by laptop beats, an electric guitar and a portable synthesiser. Moving to East London a few years later, Gaptooth self-released her debut album ‘Connections/Departures’ in 2013, followed by the Pillow Fort EP in 2016. She has recently incorporated a keytar into her live set, and continues to play gigs around the country, often for feminist and DIY promoters. She is also involved in London’s feminist activist scene, taking action against austerity and the detention and deportation of refugees and migrants. Gaptooth is now working on her second album, with her next single due in Summer 2017.