Queen of gloom-pop She Makes War is back with her much-anticipated third album Direction Of Travel, out on April 8th 2016 via The state51 Conspiracy.
Direction Of Travel was recorded in the winter months of 2014/15 in Bristol, Brighton and London. Produced by She Makes War, mixed by Dan Austin (Doves, Pixies) and featuring guest appearances from Tanya Donelly and Mark Chadwick, most of the instruments on the album were played by Laura herself, added to by a cast of supporting musician friends including Clive Deamer and Andy Sutor on drums, The McCarricks and Nicole Robson on strings and Cajita on piano.
The songs on Direction Of Travel reveal widescreen ambition, deepening the glittery, grunge-inflected guitar driven sound of She Makes War’s back catalogue while exploring new worlds of cinematic orchestration and heartfelt, confessional songwriting. The songs vibrate with sadness but the album’s message is hopeful – we can all become strong enough to reclaim ourselves, to escape from suffocating situations, process sadness and sorrow and emerge all the stronger for the experience.
At the end of 2015, She Makes War teased listeners with the release of five track EP Disarm:15, which received praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Gigwise and Songwriting Magazine. Laura has also received support from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson and has toured with artists such as tUnE-yArDs, Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah and Suede.
We’ve got a ridiculously busy week this week with 7 fantastic shows lined up over 5 days! We’ve got something for everyone, kicking off with a visit from Irish indie rockers Raglans, shows from The Devil Makes Three, The Coronas, Lotte Mullan, Marika Hackman, Erros and finishing with a much-anticipated return from Manchester songstress Ren Harvieu. Phew! Check out the full listings for this week below:
MONDAY 23RD MARCH
Raglans + Luke Wylde & the Japes @ The Rainbow
Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes and The Fray. The Dublin band return to the road for their second UK headline tour in March 2015, dates which coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Digging Holes’ below:
TUESDAY 24TH MARCH
She Makes War + Louis Barabbas + Forgery Lit @ Ort Cafe
Bristol-based gloom-pop artist She Makes War has been championed by the likes of BBC6′s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, follows on a high profile support slot with folk rockers The Levellers with her first UK headline tour. Her inimitable brand of melancholy, grungey rock with a modern twist has been likened to Blood Red Shoes, Throwing Muses and Bon Iver. Fellow Bristol rockers and collaborators Forgery Lit join her as the support act for many of these dates. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Slow Puncture’ below:
The Devil Makes Three + Rhino & the Ranters @ The Rainbow
Laced elements of ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly, this trio recorded their latest album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and supported Willie Nelson & Trampled By Turtles. The band’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:
WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
The Coronas + Jimmy Weston @ O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartney, The Script, Justin Timberlake and Pink. New album The Long Way is released on 9th March 2015 on Island Records. Support comes from Coverntry-based singer-songwriter Jimmy Weston. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Just Like That’ below:
Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley + Lexis @ Hare & Hounds
Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte will be playing intimate versions of songs from her forthcoming album Love’s Bonfire, made out in Nashville with Band of Horses. Lotte is joined by fellow songstress Jazz Morley as special guest. The Dorset girl has been quietly touring the UK for the past 4 years, honing her skills and notching up over 500 shows in the process, including festival slots at Isle Of White, Guilfest, Redfest and The Great Escape. Support comes from Solihull-born songstress Lexis. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘I’m Still Here’ below:
THURSDAY 26TH MARCH
Marika Hackman + Charlotte Carpenter @ The Sunflower Lounge
London folk songstress Marika Hackman returns to Birmingham to showcase songs from her debut album We Slept At Last, released 16th February via Dirty Hit. Described as the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom, We Slept At Lastis an assured and endlessly intriguing debut album that rewards every repeated listen with new riches. Support comes from Northampton-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Drown’ below:
FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
Errors + Victories at Sea + Ubre Blanca @ The Rainbow
After support slots with Chvrches & The Twilight Sad, the Glasgow ‘post-electro’ trio play The Rainbow to mark the release of their new album ‘Lease of Life’. The band were formed in 2004 as a bedroom-based electronic project. They were quickly signed to Rock Action Records, the label developed by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai. Support comes from Birmingham’s Victories at Sea and Glasgow duo Ubre Blanca. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Slow Rotor’ below:
Ren Harvieu @ The Glee Club
The Manchester singer/songwriter formerly nominated for BBC Sound of 2012 returns following the success of her debut album Through The Night which reached No.5 in the UK charts. Currently working on her second album, join Ren for a very special night at The Glee Club. Tickets are available here.