I first met Laura many years ago (lost count to be honest) but i distinctly remember our first interaction. I went to the record store she worked and asked her if she had particular albums from Poison & Motley Crue. She looked at me with what can only be described as ridicule meets disdain meets sorrow for me. (it's not like i asked for the debut Kip Winger solo album, Air Supply or Meat Loaf, but whatever). Either way, they didn't have the albums i was after because they are obviously both great bands that are still popular to this day, but Laura and i managed to keep in touch, though I rarely mentioned hair metal in her presence or otherwise around her ever again. Anyway, she's got a new album out (i'm still trying to get my hands on) and between the release of that, playing shows and working in the Australian Music Industry in Victoria, Laura kindly answered a couple questions. Here they are. Cheers Laura.
There are so many faves for different reasons, but we got to play two shows supporting Teenage Fanclub earlier this year and they're one of my all-time favourite bands so that was definitely a highlight for me. Boogie Festival was also really fun and we got the perfect time slot - sunset on the opening night with heaps of people watching our set, and then we could relieve ourselves of all responsibilities and party for the rest of the weekend.
Magnetic Fields "69 Love Songs" (bang for buck + inclusion of intelligent and wry lyrics to keep your brain working)
Fleetwood Mac "Rumors" (Important - must be the reissue including "Silver Springs")
The Carpenters "The Singles 1969-1981" (it's missing a few songs I love, but it would be enough to keep me happy)
Teenage Fanclub "Bandwagonesque" (it's hard to pick just 5 though and I would possibly pick different records if you asked me tomorrow)
I really enjoyed Shogun and The Sheets when I saw them play recently. Just really strong writing, solid performance, simple arrangements and passion in spades.