LAURA :: BIOGRAPHY

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"Their massive wall of sound paralyses the room with awe…They’re like a hit of LSD – you can’t stop it or control it, you just flow with it until it ends abruptly, leaving you naked and disoriented.”
Brag Magazine

 

For anyone who ever thought that making good music was a lost art, Laura compels you to think again.

 

Officially, the 5-piece alternative outfit from Melbourne formed in 2001, but it wasn’t until a few years later that the band's story really began.  Following the release of its debut EP ‘Photographs…’ in 2002, Laura experimented with a number of member changes and, consequently, sounds.  By 2003, the band included the current members: Andrew Chalmers (guitars / vocals), Nathan Biggin (piano / synthesizers / guitars), Ben Yardley (guitars), Andrew Yardley (bass), and Carolyn Gannell (cello).   The time spent perfecting the mix was clearly worth the toil, because what followed is one of the most impressive and well received bodies of work produced by an Australian underground act in recent years.

 
In 2004, Laura released its debut album, 'Mapping Your Dreams', produced by Melbourne-based Japanese engineer and recording artist Naomune Anzai. The title track quickly gained the attention of radio, receiving high-rotation airplay from independent stations around the country including FBi Radio and 2SER in Sydney, and 3RRR and 3PBS in Melbourne. Critical success soon followed.  Of the album, Rave Magazine said, "Mapping Your Dreams drips in ethereal, other worldly wall of soundness.”  Beat Magazine named the track 'We Should Keep This Secret' its Single of the Week and later Indie Single of the Year for 2004.  During this time, Laura began to gain significant momentum in the live arena as well, thanks to intense shows that featured the band’s signature wall of sound, and its dramatic and at times chaotic dynamics.


Having created a more than healthy groundswell, Laura spent an intense six months writing and recording its second album, ‘Radio Swan Is Down’.  Upon the albums’ release in 2006, the band embarked on a national tour which not only proved to intensify their fan base, but also gained the attention of international ears including US prog-metal group ISIS, for whom Laura would go on to support on their 2007 Australian tour.  That same year, the band released a Japanese edition of ‘Radio Swan Is Down’, later promoting the album with a tour of Japan that included shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima. 

 

With their international profile clearly on the rise, and a solid international fan base now well established, Laura released their second EP 'Yes Maybe No' in 2008 on US label Elevation Recordings. Further exposure in the US followed in 2009 with MTV licensing several of the band's songs for various TV series.

 
This March, Laura releases the limited edition double a-side 7 inch, ‘This Grey Earth’ | Mark The Day’.  With only 500 copies produced, The 7 inch is the first taste of what’s to come from the band's long awaited third album, and is already gaining significant attention with ‘Mark The Day’ being named Single Of The Week by both Beat Magazine and InPress in January 2011.  "…its enough to darken the sun at midday." (InPress Magazine)

 

Dark, moody and complicated, this latest release by Laura is sure to leave a mark on all who hear it.

- Michelle Mossfield, Reckoning Ent. 2011 

"Sometimes, in the midst of the upbeat relentlessness that summer inevitably inspires in the music market, all you really want is a rainy day and some downbeat atmospherics.  Well, thanks to both El Nina and Laura for providing both in spades; Mark The Day is glorious miserablism in excelsis, rumbling with an otherworldly portent and a chain-gang vocal line surrounded by ghostly layered feedback and an eventual guitar freakout buried beneath an explosion of strings.  It's enough to darken the sun at midday."
Inpress Magazine - Mark The Day Single of the Week Review 19.01.2011

"Mark The Day promises strange and wonderful things from the forthcoming Laura album.  This post-apocalyptic hymn, with its brooding lyrics and grumbling bass samples recalls the spectral trip-hop of Massive Attack.  It's spectacularly cinematic; the heroic strings and mournful climbs are full of tragedy, but the vocals give a gentle human heart.  Beautiful.  Sent a shiver down my spine."
Beat Magazine - Mark The Day Single of the Week Review 12.01.2011

"Their massive wall of sound paralyses the room with awe…They’re like a hit of LSD – you can’t stop it or control it, you just flow with it until it ends abruptly, leaving you naked and disoriented.”
Brag Magazine

"Mapping Your Dreams drips in ethereal, other worldly wall of soundness.”
Rave Magazine

""The first tune in a long time to send a wave of goosebumps down my back."
Beat Magazine - We Should Keep This Secret Independant Single of the Year Review 2004

"“…this album is beautiful and affecting as the sight of some majestic natural spectacle.”
Inpress Magazine

Laura are:
nathan biggin: piano, synth, guitars
andrew chalmers: guitars, voice
carolyn gannell: cello
andrew yardley: bass, sampler
ben yardley: guitars