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You may or may not have come across colourful, boisterous and downright mischievous new girl group StooShe - made up of Courtney Rumbold, Karis Anderson and Alexandra Buggs - but believe us when we say that once you've experienced their mix of funky beats and witty banter, you'll keep going back for more.

Having signed to Warner Music earlier this year, the south east London trio are currently prepping up a whole new batch of expletive-laden truths over bombastic hip-hop beats for their 2012 debut album.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Karis to find out how more about the pop scene's new girls with 'tude.

What does StooShe mean?
"We'd been working together for a few weeks and then just sat down one was like, 'guys we actually need a name!' So we were on this site called Urban Dictionary and we saw the word 'stoosh', which had a few different meanings. One meant 'stashed away', another was 'a girl who thinks she's nicer than she is' and the other one meant 'expensive'. We liked all of the contrasting meanings and then decided to add 'She' on the end to give it a little extra girl power."

How would you describe your sound?
"It's quite funny actually because we received this tweet from a fashion brand called Ghettro a few weeks ago and liked that term. So I'd say we're the same - ghetto-retro or urban-pop. I would say we're the most urban pop could go and the most pop urban could go."

How did you all meet?
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"I knew our manager and then Alex and Courtney got spotted in Topshop becasue she was looking for new talent to work on different projects. So we'd all be going to the studio on separate occasions and would sometimes bump into each other. Then our manager had all these different tracks, but we all wanted to jump on the same one and then one day we were just like, 'd'you know what girls? Shall we just do this all together?' We really complimented each other's sound and so we decided to give it a shot."

How difficult was it for you to get a record deal?
"We were really lucky. We've only been together since January and one minute we were writing and the next we were in Warner Music's offices being signed by the Warner CEO! We were obviously really lucky, but it came about because our producers Future Cut - who have worked with Wretch 32 and Lily Allen - mentioned us to somebody from Warner at a party and they checked us out and wanted to turn the deal around quickly. We did shop around for labels, but nothing felt right. As soon as we stepped into Warner Music it felt amazing and they have some great artists there too."

What was the inspiration behind your new single 'Betty Woz Gone'? Was it based on a true story?
"Yeah, it is based on a true story. We wanted to get the whole story across as well as outline that it is a really serious issue that we're talking about. The track itself isn't that serious, but we wanted to highlight the seriousness of drug abuse. The real woman didn't die! We just wanted to take it to the extreme."

Did you expect the online success your previous track 'F**k Me' gained?
"No, we just shot that video down Brick Lane having fun after writing the song in the studio, which is all about having a quickie! Then that sparked off the interest from the industry and we started getting loads of offers. We wanted it to do well, but we didn't expect it to get us the amazing deal we now have. We're really grateful for it."

Will we see it on your debut album?
"It will, yes. Definitely.



What can we expect from the album?
"You can expect a variation of totally different songs. A lot of people have automatically boxed us and see us as just a novelty act or just explicit and only able to talk about sex and drugs. That's so not true. We have funk songs talking about relationships and everyday life and small things like having to get up for work. We're just finishing it up now and so you'll be hearing it in 2012. We hope everyone likes it and 'gets' the album and the project."

What have you been influenced by during the writing process?
"We've all got totally different influences. I'm into rap music, Alex is a fan Motown and Courtney is really loving Emeli Sande. We are all loving all the new UK artists coming through like Wretch 32 and Ed Sheeran. We're taking inspiration from everywhere and everyday life as well."

What sets StooShe apart from other acts in the chart right now?
"I don't want to say 'set apart' as we don't want to sound like we're better than anybody else, as everyone is so individual at the moment. Hopefully we can be a part of that and be in this new UK music movement."

What can people expect from your upcoming shows?
"Loads of energy, bright colours and new tracks from the album. Just loads of vibe!"

StooShe's 'Betty Woz Gone' will be available to download from November 28.

Listen to StooShe's new single 'Betty Woz Gone' below:

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