Dork fave Lauran Hibberd has a shiny new EP of solid gold bangers, out now. She’s here to tell us all about it, too.
‘Bleugh’ is the only sound that sums up my adult reaction to my pre-naive self. It’s about always being attracted to people who’ve nothing going on, nothing to offer you, yet it’s that hamster wheel you can’t quite jump off. You’ll probably find these people in bands called something like ‘broken cyclists’ or better yet in moody solo projects called something pretentious like ‘bora boring’. It’s my favourite track of mine, and I’ve been sitting on and incubating this girl for a while. It feels really good shouting ‘Bleugh’ btw, I recommend you try it out.
Once again, I’ve found a stupid way of hiding quite a serious issue…. when you’re with someone and then it’s over, that person goes from being your whole world to just being someone you walk past on the street and hate. Then you realise things like ‘oh my god, that dude had a nude of me’. You just think of all these weird things that used to happen. It’s basically about how someone can be a massive part of your life for a while and then just vanish into nothing. It’s sad, but I cover it up so well, honestly!
How Am I Still Alive?
Over lockdown I’ve developed a bit of social anxiety, as I think most people have because we’ve spent so much time alone, so when I go to talk to people, it feels a bit weird now. The verses accentuate all of those feelings, then the chorus is me thinking of what I would be doing if I wasn’t here right now and whether I’d actually want to do those things. It’s a weird journey of my feelings, and how if Michael Cera actually DID turn up at my door, I’d be like – ‘dude, you’re married, go away.’
It’s a song about perspective; I think sometimes you can only think clearly about things once you’ve stepped away from them for a while. I’m definitely one of those people that can’t tell what’s going on while I’m in it. Six months later, I’ll realise how weird it was, but at the time, I’m a bit oblivious. It’s about trying to reach that clarity faster, and laughing at your mistakes rather than thinking you’re an idiot.
It’s about when someone isn’t quite your bag, but you just want someone there, so you put up with them. It’s the opposite of ‘Boy Bye’ – it’s me being the bad guy, saying ‘I’m not into you, but you can stay around because I’m bored’.
You Never Looked So Cool
I started out as a folk artist, so I find it really easy to write sad, depressing songs; it comes very naturally to me. Normally I’m trying really hard to be upbeat! A year ago, I fell down the stairs while holding my amp; it super hurt, and I was on mad drugs for the pain. I kept having weird dreams, and in one of them, I died and was watching my own funeral. So morbid! I woke up and was relieved it had ended, and that’s where the song came from. Bit heavy, innit?