She Makes War is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd returns to AYL. Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW completed her fourth album this summer and since then has been busy recording guest vocals on The Levellers’ 30th anniversary album, taking part in a British Council cultural exchange in Indonesia, performing with comedian Robin Ince and touring Europe completely solo.
She Makes War has received press support from Clash Magazine, Rock Sound, Line Of Best Fit, DIY, The Quietus, Gigwise and Louder Than War. Singles from her last album 'Direction Of Travel' received national airplay on 6Music (Marc Riley Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe), XFM (John Kennedy), Kerrang (Alex Baker) and Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner and Jim Gellaghtly) - in addition she was invited to play a live band session on Marc Riley's 6 Music show.
She launched the album with a series of UK headline dates and supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Carina Round, Duke Special and The Wave Pictures on tour throughout the rest of the year. Anton Newcombe of BJM calls her "an inspiration" and other industry fans include Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) who guested on DOT, Ayse Hassan (Savages), Neil Codling (Suede), Terry Edwards (Tindersticks, PJ Harvey), Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff) and comedian Robin Ince.