‘Singer/songwriter’ - now there’s a phrase to make the hardiest music fan run for the hills.
Most people think half-baked songs, acoustic guitars and dingy cafés whenever those words are uttered, but attach that worn tag to American icons such as EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens and even angst-ridden songster Ryan Adams and you get a clearer picture of where the genius of Lauren Thomson fits in.
A standout on Auckland’s live circuit and a much celebrated addition at festivals like Parachute, Noise and indie weekend stands like Barnstock (yep, you read write… Barnstock), Lauren has become a much sought after opener and touring partner for the likes of Miriam Clancy, Brian Platt, and others. Leaving a trail of sighing punters behind her from Whangarei to Wanaka, this girl has forged a well-respected path for her songs that’s only equaled by her passion to pour out her heart night after night on stages large and small.
Echoing the noir-country tradition of life’s well drawn struggles (think Johnny Cash meets Ryan Adams… on a good day), Thomson sends her bruised and weathered voice soaring over a jangling flat-top as she poignantly illustrates borrowed tales of heartache and revenge with her own wit – never afraid to let hope creep up behind. It’s delectably dark stuff punctuated with a unique antipodean optimism - no unnecessarily joyful ditties here – but if you’re a sucker for melancholy, haunting riffs and an undeniably sweet face then Thomson will quickly draw you in.
"Noir-Country/Roots at it's rawest and finest" - IN Magazine
"This girl's songs and delivery are top of my list" - Nic Manders, Producer and Engineer
Simon Moore (guitars)
Alister Wood (keys, melodica)
Johnny White (drums)
Caleb Robinson (upright bass)
|INTERVIEW: Lauren Thomson Newsletter Interview
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|25 May 2008|
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|6 Feb 2008|
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