Having spent the last few months witnessing the rise and fall of a number of new girl bands, the success of Stooshe's debut single 'Love Me' couldn't have come at a more crucial time.
We met up with Alexandra, Karis and Courtney to discuss their new track 'Black Heart', their debut album and what they make of the return of the original Sugababes lineup.
Congratulations on 'Love Me' getting into the top five; does it feel like things have taken off now?
Karis: "We went to LA for a while just after the song's release. We went to our management and were like, 'Have you guys done anything since we've been away?'"
Courtney: "Everybody is suddenly noticing us a little bit more! It felt like there was a big push of promo while we were away."
So do you feel a little bit more famous now?
Karis: "We have little girls that run up to us, but we still don't feel that famous. I don't know why."
Courtney: "I think it's just being… grounded. You don't want to let the fame get to you. We're still us. We're still working hard."
Have you been starstruck by anyone yet?
Karis: "You know what, we never get starstruck. Well, Alexandra gets starstruck."
Alexandra: "And with the simplest things! I was nervous meeting Lana Del Rey at the Brit Awards, and whenever I meet a Spice Girl. They are obviously who we aspire to be. Growing up, they were our idols, so it was just weird."
You've recently put out the video for your new single 'Black Heart'...
Karis: "It's a ballad and it's the opposite of what we've done so far. I think we made our mind up that with every single we're gonna reinvent ourselves. This one is a bit Motown-esque."
How did you find it acting in the video?
Karis: "I think it went quite well. Every day was a 20-hour shift, so by the end we were all looking at each and cracking up."
Alexandra: "We can't look each other in the face. Seriously."
After a 20-hour working day, you're bound to get a bit delirious.
Karis: "Yeah, we have moments anyway that nobody understands. We are in our bubble. We had these energy shots that made us like, buzzing."
Courtney: "You're not meant to drink them like… all at the same time."
Were you keen to show off your vocal abilities on 'Black Heart'?
Courtney: "Yeah, we really like the Supremes. We're all really singing on this one. I mean, we always sing, but you like really see our range on this song. Hear our tones and styles. It's really good."
Alexandra: "It's actually shot on a camera from back in the day. The colours are all popping through."
So it's not an Instagram job then.
Courtney: "[Laughs] No, no!"
Karis: "I think the song will be a turner. It'll change people's opinions. Before they might have thought, 'These girls aren't serious, they talk too much'."
Watch the 'Black Heart' music video below:
Is the album finished yet?
Karis: "I think we've got one more song to do. It's coming out in June."
Courtney: "We went to our label with our album basically done, so we've just been doing promos since we signed to them, finishing off a song here and there. We fully developed our brand and were like, 'Take it or leave it'."
What else can we expect from the album?
Courtney: "It's just an eclectic mix of… as we said, on every single we want to reinvent ourselves. It's all so different. It's nice not to have one style of music. We can just do whatever."
Karis: "Oh, and colour. I think colour is running through it all. Colour."
Do you think you've managed to find your own sound yet?
Alexandra: "You know when you hear a Rihanna song on the radio and you're like, 'That's a Rihanna song!'? Hopefully they will do that with our album."
Apart from Travie McCoy, are there any more collaborations on the record?
Courtney: "No, maybe next album. We didn't want to overpush it with collabos. We wanted for us to get our own sound right before jumping in other places with Tom, Dick and Harry."
Karis:"I think we're gonna do something with Rizzle Kicks. They're our boys. They are like the boy version of us."
Alexandra: "One of our first ever gigs away from home were with them and it was before they grew to where they are. We were jumping on their set. It's been great to see their growth."
Are you excited or terrified about the original Sugababes reunion?
Courtney: "Oh my God, so excited. Original lineup all the way. The original lineup was the strongest. They were so raw and so much more edgy. I think they're gonna bring it back to the original R&B, like Usher has done. I think they're gonna do the same."
Stooshe release 'Black Heart' on June 10.