Brijitte spent her childhood ensconced in the chaotic and competitive home life of a large family. The 11th of 12 children, she admits being “really shy and quiet as a kid. That changed as soon as I picked up a guitar and plugged it into an amp. I felt powerful for the first time.” Turned on to the Stooges and the Ramones by an older brother, she soon began writing songs “as a form of self-therapy.”
Brijitte wanted to give something special to her fans and friends during the lockdown. "LOCKDOWN" contains two new songs “Can You Talk” and “Let’s Build a Fire,” as well as four acoustic songs that were performed on social media during the pandemic to connect with fans and friends.
She states, "This is my lockdown project. It’s the weirdest experience of my life. I recorded my vocals in a broom cupboard because I could not get to a studio because of the strict lockdown rules in the UK where I have lived for the past 21 years. I also recorded some live video with my I-phone and put it up there on my social media. Their encouragement was amazing.”
“’Can You Talk’ is about meeting somebody online during lockdown. It’s about a relationship that started with texts and how that can be very constricting but very liberating at the same time. You can say anything and send it. You build a foundation. Then suddenly you realize just how lonely it can be, words on a screen and the lack of human interaction. Lockdown really seemed to slowed people down and perhaps made then rethink their lives and all of the little things we take for granted. ‘Can You Talk’ is somewhat of a social commentary on that time and how it was for me."
“’Let’s Build A Fire,’ a ballad written around the metaphor of building a fire and coming to terms with the things in life that no longer serve you. It’s about taking your time to think about all of the things perhaps it’s time to burn and how just that knowledge and confidence can be the very thing that can save you.”
During the lockdown fans inquired about songs inspired her. She picked up her guitar and recorded Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart" on her I-phone and posted it on Facebook. The requests started coming in. Acoustic versions of "Pale Blue Eyes" by Velvet Underground and one of West's solo hits "Lie To Me" showcased her incredible vocals.
The song that received the most popular vote was NY Loose’s "Pretty Suicide” from the classic NY Loose album, “Year of the Rat.”
"Pretty Suicide' was inspired by a famous Life Magazine photo," says West. "A girl committed suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building and landed on the roof of a car. She landed in the most angelic, graceful final pose. No blood or splatter -- just this beautiful state of relaxation. It seemed like the ultimate example of the collision between violence, tragedy and beauty. It's ironic, because it was probably the best photo that this girl had ever taken."
“Pretty Suicide” also appeared on “The Crow City Of Angels” soundtrack in 1996.
Through a series of indie-label 7” singles, NY Loose quickly won an underground following. In late 1995 the group released “Loosen Up!,” a five-song EP on Flipside Records, that garnered raves from American critics, and soon after inked the deal with Hollywood Records. NY Loose released their first full-length album, “Year of the Rat,” in the fall of 1996.