Biography

Auto Draft 8She Makes War is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd. Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW completed recording her fourth album last summer and since then has been busy recording guest vocals on The Levellers’ 30th anniversary album, taking part in a British Council cultural exchange in Indonesia and touring Europe completely solo.

She launched the PledgeMusic campaign for her new album in November and shot into the top 10 albums trending worldwide, introduced her new live band with a blistering set supporting Britpop legends Echobelly and performed at Hammersmith Apollo alongside Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Sophie Ellis-Bextor before finishing the year with three sold out “An Evening with She Makes War” shows in London, Birmingham and Bristol plus two nights at Conway Hall with Robin Ince, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Nikesh Shukla and Grace Petrie at the Nine Songs and Carols for Godless People shows.

She heads out on tour supporting Ginger Wildheart in March 2018, with previous support gigs including tUnE-yArDs, Nadine Shah, Suede, The Magic Numbers, The Levellers, New Model Army, Duke Special and This Is The Kit.

“A fearless performer matching Marika Hackman’s edgier singer songwriter style with Wolf Alice at their most grungy” – Music Radar UK

“The emotional resonance of Elliott Smith colliding with the barbed vigour of Sleater-Kinney” – Gigwise

She Makes War has received press support from Clash Magazine, Rock Sound, Line Of Best Fit, DIY, The Quietus, Gigwise and Louder Than War, amongst others. Singles from her last album ‘Direction Of Travel’ received national airplay on 6Music (Marc Riley Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe), XFM (John Kennedy), Kerrang (Alex Baker) and Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner and Jim Gellaghtly) – in addition she was invited to play a live band session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show.

Pre-order the new album via PledgeMusic now along with a host of exciting exclusives.

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Photo by Dina Karklina.

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“Reminding us of Medúlla-era Björk… she’s ace”

- Lauren Laverne, 6 Music

“A fearless performer matching Marika Hackman’s edgier singer songwriter style with Wolf Alice at their most grungy”

- The Music Radar

“The emotional resonance of Elliott Smith colliding with the barbed vigour of Sleater-Kinney”

- Gigwise

"A pioneering revelation that will blow you away"

- DIY

“A combination of musical talent and digital smarts worthy of an English Amanda Palmer”

- Tom Robinson, 6 Music

“Why just sing songs, when you can build worlds?”

- The Quietus

“There's no hiding from She Makes War”

- Everett True

"One of the South West’s most cherished songwriters"

- Bristol Live Magazine

“A modern musical Boudica who sings these dreamy, heartfelt songs that envelop you with their raw beauty and textural melodies”

- John Robb, Louder Than War

“‘Little Battles' is a triumph of gorgeous melodies, slashy guitars and processed beats"

- Rock Sound

“Absolutely wonderful”

- Midge Ure, Ultravox

“You’re amazing”

- Amanda Palmer

"Damn superb every show"

- Chris T-T

“The way she indefatigably smashes new ground as an independent solo artist is a constant inspiration to us”

- Hope & Social