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Lara Smiles


Lara Smiles

Lara Smiles releases new single ‘Fighting’s Over’, out on WonkyPop Records. Self-produced by Smiles and mixed and co-produced by Jamie Grashion (Killing Joke, Black Grape, Echo & The Bunnymen).

 The sound is a mix of psych rock, with a hint of the punk funk of Bloc Party, with the candy crush of PinkShinyUltraBlast. The electronic mystery of Ladytron accompanies her vocals reminiscent of Beth Ditto (Gossip) 

 Hyphenated moments and visceral experiences accent a life in flux that tilts into hedonistic abandon. As always cascades of colorful instrumentation, electrifying and enticing signify her sound with the catchiness of a pop hook that draws you in. The Fighting’s Over is brought to life by this dissonant, electrifying video, nervy and edgy, painting the psychological unease of a roller-coaster romance.

 Lara Smiles has been building attention from press including NME, who heralded her as the perfect antidote to generic indie boyband. Also gaining interest from the Guardian among online magazines, her guitar-driven, synth-inspired sound, routed in all night raves, has led to this love of meshing the genres and experimenting with samples.  

 Having performed festivals from Glastonbury, The Great Escape to Isle of Wight Festival. She has supported everyone from indie icon Pete Doherty, featured on the recent Shed Seven album, had a whole song dedicated to her by The Pearl Hearts, ‘Lara’, to collaborating with ambient house pioneers The Orb. 

 Live shows:

Sat April 27, The Monarch, Camden
Fri May 10 Alt Escape Show, Grand Central, Brighton (12pm)
Sat May 11 Alt Escape Show, The Admiral, Brighton
Sun June 2, Camden Rocks, Music and Beans Camden (5pm)
Wed June 12, Thunderbolt, Bristol
Fri June 14, Retro Bar, Manchester
Sat June 29, Glastonbury Festival, West Holts Bar
Sat July 6, Eldorado Festival, Hertfordshire

Lara Smiles – The Fighting’s Over

Lara Smiles – All For You

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Artist location – London England

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