She Makes War at Thekla review

PUBLISHED: 20:00 05 November 2018

She Makes War.

She Makes War.

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Bristol’s indie queen She Makes War returned home for an intimate homecoming gig aboard the good ship Thekla.

Support came from fellow Bristolians, punk group Menstral cramps who opened the evening with full of Sex Pistol swagger with a set channelling The Runaways and other early punk pioneers who are certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Multi instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd aka She Makes War brought an 11 date UK tour supporting her latest album Brace for Impact to an electrifying close with a full band show at one of Bristol’s best venues.

Effortlessly shifting from guitar lead grunge infused offerings like latest single, the incredibly, infectious Devastate Me to the heartfelt, haunting,and poignant Then the Quiet Came Laura’s battles with heartbreak were laid bare with each bitter sweet tune.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, as Laura made war against some ‘rude bastards at the bar’ that were talking loudly through the set. After silencing the group she quipped: “It’s she makes war, not she makes nice.”

Obnoxious drunks dealt with, crowd on her side, the evening continued with good natured banter, superb synth work, and song ‘Dear Heart’ dedicated to Florence the dog.

She may have never been on a billboard, but She Makes War certainly deserves to be.

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