Former NEKO PUNCH vocalist Lee Tatlock dishes the dirt on, well, herself!
The career of Lee Tatlock has been quite the journey so far, but in her new project Cream with a K she finally sounds as though she is at home in her own skin.
Breaking away from her previous life as the vocalist of Japanese band NEKO PUNCH in order to recalibrate her focus, London-born Tatlock jumped ship to Los Angeles to find a new sense of self. Late last year she returned with a new moniker and new release, the fuzzy, bubblegum grunge of ‘Terrible Voices’ offsetting her impish vocal and showing that there’s plenty more bark where that came from. Followed by ‘5:35 (Ginza Line)’ and her latest single ‘Stuck in the House’, Tatlock is currently preparing for her new album’s release in the West (it is already available in Japan).
Much like ‘Terrible Voices’, ‘Stuck in the House’ touches upon Tatlock’s own mental health and the agoraphobia that developed whilst living in Tokyo. “The thought of leaving the house would give me anxiety to the point that it would physically make me sick to my stomach,” says Tatlock. “If I could, I would try to avoid leaving the house altogether.
“I think everyone has a brush with mental illness at some point,” she continues. “But you’ve got to know, the only cure is mindful and decided change. It’s hard and very scary but definitely worth it. In a way, I feel this song is a funny little caricature and reminder of a quite morbid and real issue in modern society.”
What to learn more about Cream with a K? Well, dive on in to our Very. Important. Questions…
What was the first song you remember loving as a child?
‘I’m Just a Girl’ by No Doubt!
Who was your biggest musical icon at the age of twelve?
What was the title of the first song you wrote and what was it about?
I can’t remember exactly but I remember it was quite dramatic, and the first line was “The rain’s running down my window”.
What was the first album that you remember buying?
By The Way by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
What was the first gig you went to?
It was Aimee Mann at London’s Shepherd’s Bush.
What is your favourite song (ever)?
Ian Dury – ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’
What song are you loving most right now?
Mannequin Pussy – ‘Romantic’
You have one last main meal on Earth: starter, main, dessert – what would it be?
Fresh bread and butter, truffle pasta and fondant du chocolat (at Spago Beverly Hills)!
And alcoholic beverage?
Sweet or savoury?
Which Spice Girl are you?
What was your biggest fear when you were younger?
Have you overcome it?
What is your most embarrassing memory?
I blanked on the lyrics to a song in front of a couple thousand Japanese people and basically hummed out the entire song!
Who would play you in a film of your life?
If you could be in a tribute act or band, who would you be?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – I’d be John Frusciante!
Tell us about a time where you did something you probably shouldn’t…
I used to present a TV show in Japan because my agency said I had to. In Japan, tattooed people aren’t allowed on TV, so I decided to get a big, grumpy lion’s face tattooed on my wrist. This way the network would fire me directly. They didn’t. They just covered it up with make up – and now I have a big tattoo on my wrist I’m not even sure I like, ha ha!
Cream with a K’s latest single ‘Stuck in a House’ is available now.