Kicking off her winter tour with a string of small intimate unplugged shows at the 20th Century Flicks shop, Bristol’s She Makes War is also bringing her gloomy pop brilliance to The Louisiana this month. Expect cuts from her latest album, Direction Of Travel, as well as favourites from Little Battles and Disarm.
We spoke to the multi-instrumentalist behind it all, Laura Kidd about her upcoming tour and show this month at The Louisiana.
You’ve played a few gigs in Bristol with a capacity of 11 people, what made you want to do the smaller capacity gigs?
I released my third album Direction Of Travel in April and have been touring on and off ever since, so I wanted to round off an exciting year by putting on some special headline shows. I set up two tiny unplugged gigs in the 11-capacity screening room at the back of 20th Century Flicks video shop to bring the live music experience back to its bare bones – a musician communicating to an audience with no frills. I’ve always been interested in playing with the boundaries of performance and encouraging audience involvement, so putting on the smallest (intentional) gigs in Bristol appealed to me.
These performances act as previews for the three ‘An Evening with She Makes War’ shows I have this week on 22nd (The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham), 23rd (The Islington, London) and 25th November (The Louisiana, Bristol) where I’ll be opening with a solo set of brand new and older songs (some rarely or never before performed live) and headlining with a noisy band set.
What would you say is your favourite instrument to play and why?
Bass – I love playing guitar too, but there’s something so cool and slinky about the bass and I’ve had a lot of fun jumping around on stage with it over the years.
What’s your favourite song that you’ve ever written?
That’s a tough question – my favourite changes all the time but tends to be my newest song, so I’d say it’s currently ‘Then The Quiet Came’. It’s wistful with a twist, and I’ll be playing it along with a few more new songs at The Louisiana.
What’s the best experience you’ve had while being on tour?
Playing my songs to new people every night and travelling to new places is always great, but I particularly enjoy playing in Germany because there’s always a gorgeous massive park to explore before setting off for the next city.
What’s your favourite part about playing Bristol?
Every town has a different character, and I find Bristol has a very warm personality. It’s always a joy to play to my home crowd and I’m really looking forward to Friday.
Tickets to The Louisiana show are available here. Check out new single ‘Stargazing’ below.