She Makes War is the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker and digital polymath Laura Kidd. A pacifist force of nature with a punk spirit and a serious work ethic, Kidd’s mission is a peaceful but provocative one - to create breathtakingly honest music and share her art with the world, levelling with her community of music lovers as peers.
With a rich cocktail of influences from ELO to Kristin Hersh, Belly and The Breeders, Blur, Elastica and Suede, Bikini Kill, Nirvana, Hanne Hukkelberg, Cat Power, Carina Round, Radiohead, My Brightest Diamond and Bon Iver, She Makes War has been dubbed “alt-folk”, “ambient dream-pop”, “a modern musical Boudica” and an “empowering force to be reckoned with”.
Her creative one-woman shows on grungey electric guitar, claustrophobic vocal loops, ukulele, marching drum, foot percussion and megaphone have been captivating audiences around the UK and Europe, both at her own headline shows and supporting the likes of Suede, The Levellers, tUnE-yArDs, The Magic Numbers, Shlomo, Midge Ure, New Model Army, Glen Matlock and Earl Slick, Nadine Shah, Erica Nockalls and Miles Hunt, Chris Helme and Drugstore.
She Makes War's third album "Direction Of Travel" was successfully funded through Pledge Music and is her most ambitious project to date. Featuring guest appearances from Tanya Donelly (Belly / Throwing Muses), Mark Chadwick (The Levellers), Clive Deamer (Portishead / Radiohead), Cajita, Nicole Robson (Bat For Lashes), Simon Goff (Hope And Social), Andrew Skeet (The Divine Comedy) and The McCarricks (This Mortal Coil / Siouxsie Sioux) the album was produced by Laura Kidd and mixed by Dan Austin (Doves / The Pixies / Oceansize) and is due for release in early 2016.