THE LEISURE SOCIETY
We self-released our first single The Last of the Melting Snow in December 2008, swiftly followed by our debut album The Sleeper. It was named a Rough Trade Album of the Year, and iTunes Singer Songwriter Album of the Year. We were lucky enough to receive a lot of media support during that period, which intensified when Melting Snow, then Save it for Someone Who Cares received two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations for ‘Best Song, Lyrically and Musically’. Being the first unsigned artists to be nominated brought with it quite a lot of media attention. The nadir was probably the Sun headline ‘Ivor no idea who he is either’. Anyway, we signed to Full Time Hobby, re-releasing The Sleeper (+ bonus disc) and putting out our next 3 records (Into the Murky Water, Alone Aboard the Ark and The Fine Art of Hanging On) with them.
SHE MAKES WAR
She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd.
Described as blending “the emotional resonance of Elliott Smith with the barbed vigour of Sleater-Kinney”, latest album “Direction Of Travel” is a mix of gloom-pop anthems and heartstealing ballads with guest appearances from Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) and Mark Chadwick (The Levellers).
Laura is currently hard at work on her fourth solo album.
“A triumph of gorgeous melodies, slashy guitars and processed beats” Rock Sound
“Why just sing songs, when you can build worlds?” The Quietus
“She Makes War is fucking amazing” Amanda Palmer
“A pioneering revelation that will blow you away” DIY