Laura Rafetseder

Laura Rafetseder

 Vienna, Vienna, AUT

"One of the strongest and most authentic songwriters of the country", Freizeit Kurier, Wien


"Once upon a time a little songstress fell in love with music listening to her songwriter dad's piano (he used to put music to anglo-american poets' poems), her mum singing lullabies and generally being raised on her parents records (dylan, stones, joni mitchell,...). At 8 an old tape of a radio show called „the roaring 60s“ made a lasting impression – she decided to become a revolutionary (the tape started with „hippies, beat, riots, revolution,...“ and sounded very exciting). She also went on to inhale pop music history, became a beatles freak at 13, wearing only grey (it was the early 90s,you know), reading emily bronte and climbing trees. At 14 though she hijacked her dad's guitar, learned how to play and started writing songs (well... she didnt write her own lyrics at first but exploited her dad's poetry books and put new musical clothes to the poems she found). The lyrics started to flow at 18, when she moved  to vienna and took to the open mic scene there. With her band the  comrats she recorded the ep make me whole again in 2006. Laura & the comrats critically acclaimed debut cd" creating memories" was released in April 2010. At the moment Laura is taking a break from the band. In November 2012 she released her solo debut the minor key club on Lindo Records. A second album, swimmers in the arctic sea was released in autumn 2016. "So much for that. As for my songs, they are an attempt to see through the mess that i make out of my life sometimes (and thus embrace it). i love catchy tunes as well as good metaphors and images, there's nothing better... a constant theme are dialectics and contradictions – good and bad, dream and reality, up and down, bitter and sweet.... always been fascinated by the contradiction of sadness and happyness in popmusic - cos the great songs touch a nerve, make you happy and sad, usually both at the same time."  


Swimmers in the Arctic Sea

Written By: Laura Rafetseder

The Minor Key Club

Written By: Laura Rafetseder


2016 Solo album "Swimmers in the Arctic Sea"
2012 Solo album 'The Minor Key Club'
2010 Laura & The Comrats 'Creating Memories'
2006 Laura & The Comrats 'Make Me Whole Again' - EP

Set List

1) beating hearts
2) blues in your lover's eyes
3) hostile shore
4) we were young and wounded (and we sang songs of love)
5) those who made no sound
6) late autumn & early storms
7) lament
8) rocket science
9) the day after tomorrow
10) stone cold city
11) this sounds like a song
12) love will find you too
13) broken free
14) we will reach them all