After a captivating set at The Social which earnt her 4*s in The Evening Standard earlier this month and glowing album reviews everywhere from MOJO to Star Magazine, Laura Gibson has announced a 6-date UK tour for this coming April. Full dates can be found below. To accompany the announcement, the elegantly eerie video for 'La Grande' has also been revealed, along with the enchanting story of how the inspiration behind the album's title track was transferred to the screen.
Directed by Alicia J. Rose, the video for 'La Grande' is inspired by and recorded at The Hot Lake Hotel in the town of La Grande, Oregon. With its natural hot lake that billows smoke and mist across the land, a 200 year-old history and concealed setting, it initially captured Laura Gibson's imagination during one stay there and she wrote 'La Grande' on the premises.
Upon hearing about this, Rose also became deeply fascinated by its history and when the hotel owners agreed to let Rose and Gibson film the video onsite, the whole process became a wonderfully memorable experience for both the artist and director.
Laura Gibson had this to say about the shoot: "The owners were kind enough to let us take over the third floor for two days. We had about twenty people in the cast and crew, and spent that night between shooting running through the halls, listening to the loud howling wind, peeking into corners, searching for ghosts. It was the night of the lunar eclipse, when the moon was glowing red. I did not see a single ghost. Oh! My nephew Asher is the little boy! The kids were such pros."
Having never been captured on film until now, The Hot Lake Hotel had maintained its mysterious character for many years, from its early days as a Native American healing centre, until eventually being abandoned before its renovation a few years ago.
Laura Gibson will return to the UK in April, and will be playing the following shows:
8th: DEVON, Totnes Studio Lounge
10th: LONDON, Lexington
11th: LIVERPOOL, Leaf
12th: LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
13th: BRIGHTON, Komedia Bar
14th: BRISTOL, Louisiana