Laura Smith

Laura Smith

 Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

When the two super human musical forces of Andrew Braun and Laura Smith unite, one can only be assured that rocking, catchy indie pop songs are going to be flying out at dangerous speeds in every direction.

Biography

In live performance, the band turns up the volume and infuses their songs with an extra jolt of energy. While exuding an undeniable charm, Laura "has commanding stage presence, fabulous vocals and is a superb keyboardist" (Riveting Riffs). Jeff (bass) and Johnny (drums) provide the rhythmic backbone, while Andrew (guitar/keys/vocals) provides layers of colour. The versatility and musicality of these players is apparent as they supplement their basic instrumentation with textures ranging from sing-along gang vocals, to walls of guitar feedback, to space age synthesizers, and percussion breakdowns. They maintain a studious approach toward crafting new songs and are constantly tweaking and improving arrangements of older ones and have "created a masterpiece and a live show that’s both entertaining and memorable" (Ronatron).

Laura Smith has grown from its original inception of a girl and her piano to a collaborative four-piece band of diverse, accomplished, and experienced musicians. Based out of North Vancouver and Victoria, BC, the current incarnation of the group includes Laura Smith, Andrew Braun, Jeff Riedlinger (Sam Bradley) and Johnny Andrews (Tegan and Sara). They boast years of live experience and numerous music-related pieces of paper between them.

Since the self-produced debut, Sea of Stars, in November 2008, they have toured Western Canada four times, done two CBC Canada Live recordings, showcased at; NXNE, the WCMA’s, Junofest, played Rifflandia twice, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the MMVA artist lounge and had the opportunity to open for bands such as Immaculate Machine, Dan Mangan, Said the Whale, Mother Mother and Nicole Atkins.

Sea of Stars has been distributed and is rotation on CBC radio 1, CKUA in Alberta and various college stations debuting number 10 on CFUV. Their first single "Can't Stop" has been in regular rotation on CBC Radio 3.

“…one can only predict that Laura Smith has an incredible future ahead of her, not only on the Canadian music scene, but we should also be hearing more from her on the international stage as well." (Riveting Riffs – Vancouver Plaza Club Review)

Lyrics

I Spy A Monster

Written By: Laura Smith

When I spy a monster, I'll scare him away

Pour the ocean all over me
Cleanse the dust and the stale debris
Strip search the sand for all you can
Until the rocks and the seaweed bleed

I won't close my eyes (x4)

Rest the air back to the ground
Put it all back to where it was found
Root the trees back to their homes
Put it all back to where it belongs

I won't close my eyes (x4)

We're marching, marching, through the haze
Blowing all the clouds away
Face the monster, bring them to tears
It's all you need to hear

Right now today we'll have our say
We're screaming, screaming
We won't go away
Face the monster, bring them to tears
It's all you need to hear

The circle bends it's far too full
Nail down the edges to hold it closed
I'll hold it together with my strength
Praying that nothing will slip and break, slip and break, slip and break

We're marching, marching, through the haze
Blowing all the clouds away
Face the monster, bring them to tears
It's all you need to hear

Right now today we'll have our say
We're screaming, screaming
We won't go away
Face the monster, bring them to tears
It's all you need to hear

I won't close my eyes (many times)

When I spy a monster, I'll scare him away

It’s All About You

Written By: Laura Smith

Began to look through this terrible lie
And what I saw couldn’t look me in the eye no no
I saw that bird fly away
Through the fog
Oh came it so clear
All the things you never want me to hear no
It was written in your eyes

Ahh I can’t deny
Oh oh this lie
Oh and this time it’s all about you
I owe this stain on my heart to you
This dirty crime
It’s all about you
In your royal cage screaming tortured so untrue

If I could slip and I’d let it all slide
But the mirror always shows what you know deep inside
Your painting black and white
Through a crack in your armour appears
A little charmed polish words and a mountain of fear
It was written in your eyes

Ah I can’t deny oh ho ho ho
Oh this lie
Oh and this time it’s all about you
I owe this stain on my heart to you
This dirty crime
It’s all about you
In your royal cage screaming tortured so untrue

There was a pause in your clever disguise
You don’t believe even I can read into your mind
Your clear for all to see
On your stage now for all to hear
You declare that lifes a crime
But I don’t follow you didn’t know
It appears you’ve lost your mind

I can’t deny oh ho ho oh
Oh this lie
Oh and this time it’s all about you
I owe this stain on my heart to you
This dirty crime
It’s all about you
In your royal cage screaming tortured so oh untrue
I owe this stain to you
This dirty crime
It’s all about you
In your royal cage screaming tortured so untrue

Can’t Stop

Written By: Laura Smith

If I stop you
If I hold onto you
Would I take it all away
If I tried to make you stay
In the sweet and silent night
I couldn’t hold you right at all at all
In this dull and yellow light
I couldn’t feed a child so small so small

If you want to run away
Then I can’t stop you, I can’t stop you
Since your found to find your home
Then I can’t stop you I can’t stop you
If you want to try and stay
Then we’ll fight your demons
Fight them all away
If you want to run away then I can’t stop you
I can’t stop

If I lost you
If I let go of you
Would I break apart and pray
I’d look the other way
In this sweet and silent night
I couldn’t hold you right at all at all
In this dull and yellow light
I couldn’t feed a child so small so small

If you want to run away
Then I can’t stop you I can’t stop you
Since your found to find your home
Then I can’t stop you I can’t stop you
If you want to try and stay
Then we’ll fight your demons
Fight them all away
If you want to run away then I can’t stop you
I can’t stop

If I wanted to, if I wanted to
I couldn’t stop you, stop you
If I wanted to, if I wanted to
I couldn’t stop you, stop you
Please leave you be
Please leave you be

If you want to run away
Then I can’t stop you I can’t stop you
Since your found to find your home
Then I can’t stop you I can’t stop
If you want to try and stay
Then we’ll fight your demons
Fight them all away
If you want to run away then I can’t stop you
I can’t stop you
I can’t stop you
If you want to try and stay
If you want to try and stay
Then we’ll fight your demons
Fight them all away
If you want to run away
Then I can’t stop you
I can’t stop you

Sea of Stars

Written By: Laura Smith and Andrew Braun

I see through the flame
On this candle so plain
But I slowly creep my hand into the fire
All the passion and grace
Painted smile on this face
The fate will crack and crumble away
With this key in my hand
I stand face to face
And eye to eye, ear to hear my own fate

IyahIyah I yah ooo no no oh (x2)

Wailing in a sea of stars
I’m whaling in a sea of stars

The oceans swells and it breaks
Catching me in the wake
But I push on and fight off the waves
I crawl to the shore
Breathe in air so sweet and pure
Stand up to go on my way

With this key in my hand
I stand face to face
And eye to eye, ear to hear my own fate

IyahIyah I yah ooo no no oh (x2)

I’m wailing in a sea of stars
I’m whaling in a sea of stars
I’m wailing in a sea of stars (x4)

Such A Long Way To Go

Written By: Laura Smith

I sit and wonder why
I stare and wonder why
Such a long way to go
And as the clouds drift by
I breathe the smallest sigh
Such a long way to go

If I caught all of the fish in the sea
I’d throw them back
All but one just for me

And I will bathe myself in this sea
Of no regrets, oh
I’ve got my love my home waiting for me
It’s all I know
I’d do anything just to feel this free
I’ve got my keys my song falling out of me
It’s all I know, all I know

I-e-i oh oh oh oh oh

I think so often I
Feel the time slip by
Such a long way to go
When I’m about to fly
I find my dreams fall dry
Such a long way to go

If I caught all of the fish in the sea
I’d throw them back
All but one just for me

And I will bathe myself in this sea
Of no regrets, oh
I’ve got my love my home waiting for me
It’s all I know
I’d do anything just to feel this free
I’ve got my keys my song falling out of me
It’s all I know, all I know

I-e-i oh oh oh oh oh (x 4)

Break

Written By: Laura Smith

All of my windows are painted orange and grey
From every wispy eve of lovers gaze

Screaming with all the breath I can hold
I am pounding myself to a broken core
I ebb and tide with each minutes pass
Sprinting to keep the waves behind me

Cold, these streets feel so cold and paved beneath my awkward steps
Pushing to flow as though yearning to fall again
It’s just the only way to reach my own home again
The only way I won’t fall and break

Ooo Break

I struck a chord in a pulsing wave,
Break
Casting sound and space to catch the eye so sweet,
Break

Screaming with all the breath I can hold
I am pounding myself to a broken core
I ebb and tide with each minutes pass
Sprinting to keep the waves behind me

Cold, these streets feel so cold and paved beneath my awkward steps
Pushing to flow as though yearning to fall again
It’s just the only way to reach my own home again
The only way I won’t fall and

Break, my leg
Break
Break, all my pots and pans,
Break
Break my home again,
Break
Break my love, my heart

Cold, these streets feel so cold and paved beneath my awkward steps
Pushing to flow as though yearning to fall again
It’s just the only way to reach my own home again
The only way I won’t fall and Break

Queen of Hearts

Written By: Laura Smith and Andrew Braun

Gazing through these windows to the moon
Your white frost must creep into your home
I can’t guess whose blood stained your golden thread
Next time won’t you use hers instead

Colour of roses
She’s the menace you’ve chosen
She’s the mistress of posses
She’s the queen of hearts
C’est la reine du coeur

She comes to you with almonds gift of spring
To take you where even birds can not sing

She’s the colour of roses
She’s the menace you’ve chosen
She’s the mistress of posses
She’s the colour of roses
She’s the menace you’ve chosen
She’s the mistress of posses
She’s the queen of hearts
C’est la reine du coeur

Swashbuckler’s Song

Written By: Laura Smith

When I was a young girl the world called me to play
I’d hide in its orchards and castles made of hay
The forests and fields and oceans were my home
When dinner was ready that’s where I belong

Yo ho yo ho yo ho we cried
From the banks of my forest and stream run high
Yo ho yo ho yo ho we cried

We’ll fight til our death or til bedtime
We’ll race our silver boats til the stream runs dry
yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried

As the forest grew older she still called me to play
I said I was busy but she knew just the same
The forest and fields and oceans were my home
When dinner was ready that’s where I belong
Yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried
From the banks of my forest run and stream run high
Yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried

We’ll fight til our death or til bedtime
We’ll race our silver boats til the stream runs dry
yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried

We called on our crew when the tide was low
When the first light of dawn with the sky aglow
We’d gather our ships and our armies to fight
Til the last of the swashbucklers sky was alight
yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried
From the banks of my forest and stream run high
yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried

We’ll fight til our death or til bedtime
We’ll race our silver boats til the stream runs dry
yo ho yo ho yo ho we’d cried

Discography

Sea of Stars (2008)
picking flowers (demo 2007)

Set List

Can't Stop
Break
Sea of Stars
Queen of Hearts
Swashbuckler's Song
I Spy A Monster
Such a Long Way to Go
It's All About You
Free From Winter
Break
Winter Revival
Dancing Daze
TeeVee On
Eleventina
Heavens Falling

Covers:
Time Breaks Down
Luscious Life