Alternative rock roots, pop sensibilities and a penchant for striking visual imagery combined with a do-it-yourself work ethic form the basis for the one woman whirlwind that is She Makes War. Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and film-maker Laura Kidd played in other people's bands for far too long before putting her formidable personality and voice to better use fronting one.
It's been some journey. She Makes War was born as a kicking, screaming all-girl band in June 2004, stretching across three counties and difficult to sustain. The following year saw the girls play prestigious slots in London and Cambridge and appear playing live in an independent film before stuttering to a halt. Within days of the news Laura snatched back the reigns and went solo, dragging a dented acoustic guitar all over London, East Anglia and New York to play stripped down versions of her spine tingling songs to an international audience.
Staggering lustily between screamy punk and sophisticated grunge pop, Laura's the undefinable, elusive girl from a few doors down, baring her soul with righteous fury but refusing to let you get too close. Tales of bitter let-downs, loves lost and stolen, lust and betrayal raid the dressing up box and come out swathed in the finery of fierce, fiery alt-pop and lush acoustic prettiness.
2007 sees the coming together of She Makes War's debut album and a fresh start for forthcoming full band performances as well as a continuation of the arresting acoustic shows that have earned Laura new friends and fans across the world. But it's not just about the music - she's been an active member of the blogging community for three years and will be starting regular video podcasts in the spring.
Visit the band's MySpace page (below) to listen to some tunes...