Earlier today Louder Than War favourite She Makes War (aka @warriorgrrl in twitter life & Laura in real life) officially released her new single, Minefields, along with a rather fine accompanying video. Watch the video & read what Laura has to say about both it & the single below .
She Makes War is notorious for being the ultimate independent DIY artist, writing all her own music, usually playing it all herself, being involved heavily in the production process, booking her own tours and of course blogging & tweeting about it all quite prolifically. She even makes her own video’s – this one included.
The video for Minefields, however, also features (to quote Laura) “some star musician friends of mine, Dana Jade on guitar, Cajita on guitar and Ben Murray (Chris T-T) on drums”. Also in the video, though purely as an actor “on bomb squad duty”, is Zoe Grisedale from Zoetrope.
We asked Laura about the video & she said:
This is the first time I’ve done a performance video – as a director I’m not keen on them in general unless there’s a twist, but I wanted “Minefields” to show off some of the people I’ve been collaborating with on stage this year. Both Dana Jade and Cajita have played as part of my special guests band The Olympians for a number of shows, kicking off with the “Little Battles” album launch extravaganza in April, and Ben Murray has only recently become involved, performing at my last Breakfast With Apollo night at the Half Moon in Herne Hill.
The Breakfast With Apollo nights will be continuing in London every few months, & now that Laura is based in Bristol she’ll be starting them there too. Asked further about the nights though & the link between them & this video Laura said:
I’ve been putting on these gigs to promote community and collaboration, working hard to ensure the bands and the audience have a lovely night, re-educating people about gig pricing and making sure the artists get paid! In London! So the “Minefields” video is a celebration of having worked with some new people and also my little twist on the performance video concept. The live album “b-side” to the single consists of recordings from June’s Breakfast With Apollo night and features guest turns from string duo The McCarricks, [this is radio silence] frontman Ben McLees, solo artist Otti Albietz and violinist Milly McGregor, who I share with Gabby Young & Other Animals.
Louder Than War boss John Robb recently saw her She Makes War live & wrote about the gig over here. During his reveiw he described her as singing:
“….these dreamy, heartfelt songs that envelop you with their raw beauty and textural melodies.”
Perhaps this single loses some of the dreaminess John mentioned but it’s a great song, the thinking persons pop music, stuffed full of melodies but with a darkness lurking under the playful surface. As with all her music it’s the contradiction between the catchy playful poppiness on the surface & the darker edgy uncertainty lurking under that suface that marks her sound out as so unique & makes it so beguiling.
It is, as John concluded in his review “A perfect noise”.
The track is the second single to be taken of She Makes Wars second album Little Battles.
You can own the single yourself if you visit the She Makes War Bandcamp here & the pay “what you want”. Alternatively you can buy a “single / postcard / download of a live set” combo which…
“…is released as a limited edition of 50 postcard sets with handwritten lyrics and a download code for the “Minefields & a Live At Breakfast With Apollo #1″ album which features the single + eight live tracks from SMW’s South London residency in June.”