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Born and raised in Kentish Town, London. Laura was good kid with a kind heart and red hair. A tree climbing day dreamer who traded sports and council estate fashion for punk rock and Camden markets.
Having studied at Camberwell College Of Art from 2003 – 2007, Laura learnt to embraced and indulged in the thriving squat parties of New Cross, promiscuous substances and mischief.
Laura came away from Camberwell with a BA(hons) in Illustration and a nasty hangover that left her feeling like she had awoken from a tangle of weird dreams that she would eventually put to song.
During that time Laura embraced DIY culture and the local music and art scene, playing in various London based alternative bands including The Humanity and Grand Library of Young Blood as well as creating fanzines such as Pretend We’re Dead, I’m in Love with a Dead Dog and Throwing Up In Comic Sans. Laura also exhibited work in various group art and craft shows around London.
Leaving New Cross behind her, Laura fell in love, quit her job and flew to Australia to be with the one she loved.
She now resides on the Gold Coast with her husband and their daughter. Laura says “Living on the Gold Coast is like living in a permanent holiday vortex.”
Having no friends in Australia, Laura answered an advert in Time Off street press for a female singer. She joined a band with new friends called Albion Gold. Influenced by their shared love of indie, punk, hardcore, riot grrlll and played a lot of shows in the local Brisbane punk scene. Laura had also been writing a songs folk punk songs she was “too shy to sing to anyone”
Then in 2013 Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut) heard one of those folk punk songs in a YouTube video and he really liked it and invited Laura to play the song during his set at his Gold Coast show. That song was Hail, Hail, The Dead Can Dance and was written about Laura’s time living in New Cross whilst studying at Camberwell College of Art.
Having vaguely kept in touch through out the latter part of 2013, Joey then sent Laura an email in January 2014, simply stating
“I really want to make an album with you.”
Laura said “okay.”
Mid 2014 Laura travelled to Joey Cape’s studio in San Francisco to record an album for his record label One Week Records.
A year on from recording her debut album, Laura has completed a national tour of Australia supporting Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners) and Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios) and will be embarking on a four week European tour in 2016 supporting Joey Cape on his Stitch Puppy Tour.
“Once Londoner, now Gold Coast based Folk-Punk singer Laura Mardon is influenced by people like Billy Bragg, Kimya Dawson and Elliott Smith. Writing heart felt songs about disconnect, loss and love, Laura’s songs wrap true to life story telling in softly sung melodies and gentle guitar parts. In 2013, Laura met Joey Cape after he saw a YouTube video of her playing original song Hail Hail The Dead Can Dance. Joey invited Laura to play her song at one of his shows during his Australian tour. After talking about our shared love of good music, demo’s and song writing, Joey invited Laura to his home studio in San Francisco, California to record an album for his record label One Week Record. One Week Records is a digital only label and all releases are only $5 each. Since releasing her debut album on One Week Records, Laura has been nominated for ‘Emerging Act of the Year’ at the Gold Coast Music Awards. “Laura’s song writing is impeccable. The way she can tell a fairly mundane, true to life, story and turn it into heartfelt poetry is nothing short of amazing. Her vocal delivery – and playing for that matter – is gentle without lacking energy. Her lyrics are earnest without being dull, autobiographical without being self-indulgent.” – http://www.scenebetterdays.com