Biography

She 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 this 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 by train and car.

“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.

More information about the new album is coming soon – watch this space.

Please contact My Big Sister with all booking enquiries.

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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