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Brace For Impact

by She Makes War

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    Brand new repress for November 2018! The "Dogface" represents the salt and pepper colouring of my most faithful friend Mister Benji the Miniature Schnauzer, who has stood by my side from the very beginning of this project in 2008. Released to coincide with my pal's 11th birthday on 30th November 2018.

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    Would you just look at this? I never thought I'd ever see something so lovely - and as well as being bright and colourful and featuring my little munchkin face, this beautiful cassette tape contains my new album "Brace For Impact"!

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    I heart tapes.
    That is all.

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    This is a super exclusive special colour variant for my beloved Bandcampers - all hail the "GIGFACE"!

    If you follow any of my social channels you'll have seen my gigface pics, and they have a common theme: my English rose complexion, some bright blue eyeshadow, black eyeliner and red lippie. I decided to smush these all together to create this uniquely coloured vinyl.

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1.
Devastate Me 03:14
This is a song for the heavy hearted Lost friends and the dear departed Kiss like a cannonball Handle your alcohol We disappear so quietly Devastate me We’re crying out, so eager to please Devastate me Sign up and enjoy the static Scream along cos we’re so dramatic Does the world need this piece of you? Easy to speak but it’s hard to be heard We’re not so wonderful Mortalis digital Watching ex-lovers age Blood on my internet page We disappear so quietly Devastate me We’re crying out, so eager to please Devastate me We disappear so quietly Devastate me We’re crying out, but nobody sees Devastate me We disappear so quietly Devastate me We’re crying out, so eager to please Devastate me We disappear so quietly Devastate me We’re crying out, but nobody sees Devastate me
2.
London Bites 04:19
It came from the mouth So perfect, crystalline The verdict slowing time For this slip of a girl Hold your your head high Pull your your lips wide Make your your mind keen Keep your your teeth clean Watch me break my body as I fall from heady heights Find safety in strangers cos this city bites Howling as the people fly underneath where I tread Come with me to London, digging up the dead Walking with ghosts on loose-lipped pavements The walls we leaned against How I loved the idea of you Hold your your head high Pull your your lips wide Make your your mind keen Keep your your teeth clean Watch me break my body as I fall from heady heights Find safety in strangers cos this city bites Howling as the people fly underneath where I tread Come with me to London, digging up the dead Unwanted expectation Misplaced my admiration They never promised to protect my heart Watch me break my body as I fall from heady heights Find safety in strangers cos this city bites Howling as the people fly underneath where I tread Come with me to London, digging up the dead
3.
Fell from a height, everybody stay calm Blue flashing light and a shot in the arm Into the gloom you walk unprotected You haven’t gone, you’re just disconnected Don’t let go darling, we are strong enough I’ll come back to connect all the pieces you left for me Drifting apart in sterilised walls Look for the stars when the night falls You can stay close, my heart’s antiseptic It can be yours as long as you need it Don’t let go darling, we are strong enough I’ll come back to connect all the pieces up Don’t let go darling, we are strong enough I’ll come back to connect all the pieces up Connect all the pieces you left for me Don’t let go darling, we are strong enough I’ll come back to connect all the pieces up Don’t let go darling, we are full of love I’ll come back to connect all the pieces up And nothing will break us up To connect all the pieces you left
4.
Undone 03:18
Drinking morning coffee late, today I’m in a dream All the colours shifted imperceptibly Happy for a moment then dark thoughts slide in-between Cos I’m not okay, okay I’m not - no I’m not okay, no I’m not You say life goes on But I’ve come undone Some days I just really miss someone Mental mausoleum - I display my memories Light another candle for a friend at sea Tell me these good people don’t deserve life’s cruelty Cos it’s not okay, okay it’s not - no It’s not okay, no it’s not You say life goes on But I’ve come undone Some days I just really miss someone You say life goes on But I’ve come undone Some days I just really miss someone Someone Someone
5.
Then the quiet came The bad thing, the very sad thing Shouldering the blame But it’s not easier - I don’t believe you As I face the pain of heartbreaking and losing a friend Then the quiet came, the weather changed and the water washed us clean away Ooh, absence makes the heart grow colder, you’ll forget me soon I picture myself getting older but it’s not with you Then the quiet came I’m alone again with a piano in a basement Papering the stain You couldn’t take me, I wasn’t happy And the time we spent came to an end when I came to Then the quiet came After the driveby I didn’t realise That I’d be pushed out of my room, of my friends, of my life Of my house, of my city, of my home But it’s still better than me and you Absence makes the heart grow colder, you’ll forget me soon I picture myself getting older but it’s not with you Ooh, absence makes the heart grow colder, you’ll forget me soon I picture myself getting older but it’s not with you Absence makes the heart grow colder, you’ll forget me soon When I picture myself getting older no it’s not with you
6.
Fortify 04:10
Another life for another day Another gut feeling that I disobey I kiss a frog - then another one If this is it then I’m happier on my own Cos I’m always wrong Look forward look high We will fortify I tear a page from my history To figure out why I’m stuck on repeat My disbelief won’t suspend until I know that I’ve found something magical And I know I will Look forward look high We will fortify Please dare to deny We will fortify
7.
Weary Bird 04:11
Weary bird rest your wings Flown so far you’re sleeptalking Weary bird, like none on earth Take me back I’ll give my word You didn’t know but you will be loved til the stars meet the sea Wishing you shining and peaceful sleep In your sanctuary Weary bird Remember me? Distance clouds bright memories Dear lost boy you’re far from home Nothing’s good now you have gone You didn’t know but you will be loved til the stars meet the sea Wishing you shining and peaceful sleep In your sanctuary You’ll never know that I came to your You’ll never know that I came to your You’ll never know that I came to your You’ll never know that I came I was there at your funeral You didn’t know but you will be loved til the stars meet the sea Wishing you shining and peaceful sleep In your sanctuary
8.
Let Me Down 04:16
Let go Let down Let’s break it apart Don’t be nice to me Give me back my hopeful heart Please just let me down Save us from this town So I can pull these buildings down I’m not used to the truth So I call conspiracy You still dress for success And you speak in poetry Please just let me down Save us from this town So I can pull these buildings down Give me back your crown Please just let me down Save us from this town So I can pull these buildings down Give me back your crown Real love save me now
9.
Dear Heart 03:50
Vena cava, cardiac, hollow vein Powering my dreams with sweet sustain Delicate muscle you’re not built to hate Your quiet biology I appreciate Dear heart I was wrong for all the things I put you through Greasy fingermarks stain You’ve been neglected, been abused But I will always treasure you Atrioventricular be true Should’ve never let the world break you One day you’ll slow down and so will I At least I have time to apologise Dear heart I was wrong for all the things I put you through Greasy fingermarks stain You’ve been neglected, been abused But I will always treasure you Dear heart I was wrong for all the things I put you through Greasy fingermarks stain You’ve been neglected, been abused But I will always treasure you For as long as I get to Til my finger are turning blue I will always care for you Thank you
10.
I’d like to learn to love this body like you do Peeling away the skin to uncover this ingenue Years gone, What a waste I’m breaking barriers to take my place I was not my best friend even though I could have been We’re only here for a while and then we’re not So let’s see what we can do with the things we’ve got Living in circles - a powerful mode to break But I think you’ll find your strength of mind a cause to celebrate No need for shame, no time for uncertainty DISOBEY Cos it’s not the weight of my shape that matters It’s what I say Sick of beauty queens I’ll smash my mirror but I’ll eat my greens If I knew the things I do now I could have stayed clean We’re only here for a while and then we’re not So let’s see what we can do with the things we’ve got Living in circles - a powerful mode to break But I think you’ll find your strength of mind a cause to celebrate We’re only here for a while and then we’re not So let’s see what we can do with the things we’ve got Living in circles - a powerful mode to break But I think you’ll find your strength of mind a cause to celebrate
11.
Hold On 04:02
I’m alive - is that why you miss me? Fighting feelings bigger than your tired body But I will not stand to be a symbol any more Isn’t it strange? We’re all citizens of nowhere With the power to make our own families Hold on You don’t feel far away You’ll always have a place in the heart of me I’m alive - stepping off your pedestal Find another - I’m afraid this vessel’s full No conversation for you to pin your hopes onto Love from afar Wish it had all been different Play your guitar - but stop imagining me Hold on You don’t feel far away You’ll always have a place in the heart of me Hold on Something real’s worth the wait And you’ll always have a place in the heart of me Hold on You don’t feel far away You’ll always have a place in the heart of me Even though you’ve gone - hold on Something real’s worth the wait And you’ll always have a place in the heart of me
12.
Miles Away 03:07
Where did you go my friend? Tired of living in my head? Where did you go my friend? Breaking the bond I thought would never end What did I do? What did I say to push you miles and miles away? You never noticed but I stayed Choking on memories Playing them back like home movies You were so dear to me Now everything feels imaginary What did I do? What did I say to push you miles and miles away? You never noticed but I stayed But if you want me to I will pack it all away How you believed in me and the promises we made And if you need me to I’ll consider myself gone But I will send my love Every time I sing this song What did I do? What did I say to push you miles and miles away? You’ll never notice but I’ll stay

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I'm so excited to share my new record with you! I remember nervously hitting "go" on the pre-order for my debut album "Disarm" in 2010 and having my socks knocked off by the support of music lovers like YOU. Thank you for an incredible 8 years of releasing music!

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released October 5, 2018

CREDITS

Produced by Laura Kidd.
Engineered by Dan Austin at Joe’s Garage and J&J Studios, Bristol.
Additional engineering by Laura Kidd at Knowle Rocks, Bristol.
Mixed by Dan Austin at Real World and Soundhorn Studios, Wiltshire.
Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering, Hastings.

Artwork by Laura Kidd, photo of little L by Carol Kidd.

MUSICIANS

Laura Kidd: vocals, bass, guitars, synths, marching drum
Dan Whitfield: drums
Jay Chakravorty: piano on tracks 3 and 5
Josie Ghost: piano on tracks 6 and 9
Barney Morse-Brown: cello on tracks 3 and 5
Nicole Robson: cello on track 12
Neil Codling: synths on track 12

All music, lyrics and arrangements by Laura Kidd, except: track 3 strings by LK and Barney Morse-Brown, track 3 piano by Jay Chakravorty, track 5 piano by LK and Jay Chakravorty, track 9 piano by Josie Ghost, track 12 synths by Neil Codling.

This album received kind support from Help Musicians UK and Pledge Music. Thank you.

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She Makes War Bristol, UK

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She Makes War was the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd.

Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, SMW released 4 and a bit albums between 2010 and 2019.
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