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Guess who was getting people to sign their mailing list? “I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult with the way the music business is going to be a new band and also because of the nature of the music that most of us make isn’t going to have much commercial appeal.We asked her about it at the time: “I believe in the cause! But there is a way — by building a fan base — and the reason that I got where I am now is by people very kindly taking me on tour and saying nice things.” “it’s not just me — there’s lots of other bands doing the same thing. @rub5ter: You once said that you would be happy with a loyal core following, playing to small intimate venues. LM: I do still get to play small shows, but I’m also much happier than I used to be playing bigger shows.“I just think it’s such an important radio station.” Laura’s about to embark on her UK tour, and we have performances at Glastonbury and Latitude to look forward to. “I’ve had a lot of time since I wrote the second album. LM: They haven’t changed much from the music she was listening to when she made Alas I Cannot Swim.
I have come across lots of musicians that I think lots of people would love to hear but don’t have an opportunity to because they can’t get onto the radio or can’t get the money to tour. That’s something I’m pleased about because I feel more confident but it’s also great that enough people want to come to them.
You know if you’ve got the means it’s good to help out.” It’s pertinent then that the last bastion of the struggling musician, BBC 6 Music, is under threat of closing. “I’m a huge fan of 6 Music and I’m really kind of disgusted that they’re even considering closing it,” she says. @Tisfor Taekwondo: What are your current influences and how do they differ from your earlier work?
Better documented, though, is her relationship with Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale, who wrote the album , “When I opened up a magazine it was heartbreaking. It made me realise that journalists don’t give a shit. As well as the bonus CD, Laura curated a night at The Royal Festival Hall at the end of last year, which featured performances from Alessi’s Ark, Pete Roe, Peggy Sue, Cherbourg, Johnny Flynn and Mumford and Sons among others.
And 18-months ago FFS saw one of Cherbourg’s very early gigs in a tiny venue in Winchester.
He played alongside Mark Rylance in Jerusalem (‘thrilling to be on stage with, you don’t know what the fuck he’s going to do’), and the two teamed up again last year for a double bill of Richard III and Twelfth Night.
Transferring from the Globe to Shaftesbury Avenue, the all-male production of Twelfth Night, quite the funniest Shakespeare I’ve seen, saw Flynn cast as Viola, pulling off the considerable feat of being a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man.
But I wouldn’t want to wear my heart on my sleeve, cos that’s not what I’m like in my personal life — I wouldn’t want to do that just for the sake of songwriting.
“With all my songwriting it’s all conscious-unconscious.
Laura has said she felt more ownership of the album than of her debut.