You What? the EP
What do *you* want to know? This Is Chichi is currently a one girl band who enjoys nothing more than playing her unique brand of emotive rock acoustica in and around Manchester, north west England's capital of cool. But it hasn't always been this way... At the age of six she became a pianohead and remained one of those until she was about 11 when her dad handed her the guitar she'd been after ever since she saw Dire Straits on Top of the Pops. Incidentally, she went to the same high school as Mark Knopfler; during a dreary afternoon lesson her maths teacher divulged that he still had one of his notebooks. She was still a pianohead at the time and didn't take any notice. Anyway, being a mad, music-loving tomboy, it seemed like another one of those 'toys for the boys' she had to have, along with Lego and Transformers, and to his relief he could stop hiding his and her mother's tennis rackets. Oddly enough she was to remain a devoted pianohead over the next few years, taking piano lessons and playing this most fundamental of instruments at school and at church and wherever she was asked to; immersing herself in his and her mum's collection of 60s and 70s pop and soul records and listening to classical music. She sometimes wondered how anyone could spell 'Tchaikovsky'. Six years later she stumbled across that first guitar, covered in dust and warped. No one had been able to change broken guitar strings in the household and so it was brushed aside...and forgotten. She took it to a guitar-playing friend of the family to fix. Everyone reckoned he could fix one since he played one. He couldn't but on seeing her enthusiasm for the rather battered instrument he kept telling her he could until he found a replacement. And so began her love affair... Today she plays a unique style on acoustics and searing lead on electrics, favouring fat strings and thick picks. In that awkward place between painting her own sound and capturing it on tape, she sings and plays her emotive blend of pop/rock wherever she can and dabbles in analogue recording whenever she cannot, all the while perfecting the art of writing inexplicably original songs and reinventing fretwork on the six string.