Review: She Makes War at The Cellars at Eastney

Share this article
India Electric Company

Bringing the country into the city for folk duo India Electric Company's new project

Have your say

Ami Amp is certainly earning her keep on this tour – as drummer and singer for support act Forgery Lit, she then puts in a second shift as She Makes War’s drummer too.

But Forgery Lit certainly deserve your attention, when operating at full throttle, their grunge-hued power pop is an impressive beast.

She Makes War is essentially Laura Kidd, but she performs here as a trio, duo and solo, as the songs demand. While she describes what she does as gloom-pop, it in fact roams freely over the musical map, taking in elements of grunge, folk and indie-rock.

And she has the ability to hit the emotional nail on the head as new song, Please Don’t, with just Kidd on guitar and a mournful violin for accompaniment, perfectly demonstrates.

Meanwhile, Delete features her performing alone, looping vocals to create the bed for a song about alienation in the digital age, ending with Kidd bellowing through a megaphone.

Given her between song ‘jabber’, it’s no surprise to learn that she is putting together a show built around her music for this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The dark humour of her between-song anecdotes offers the ideal counterpoint to the bruising nature of the songs.

Unique is an overused adjective, but I’m hard-pressed to think of anyone like She Makes War.

It’s just a shame that so few people were at The Cellars to see it.