Lauran Hibberd - Stepmom (Virgin Music) 

Release Date: Out Now

The big and, wait for it, highly anticipated debut album from the excellent Lauran Hibberd is dropping in August but there's still time to squeeze in another single before then. 'Stepmom' is two minutes of super perky indie-pop with a skater heart which is what we've come to expect from Hibberd but there's a heavy punk centre to this as well which drives this one forwards at 100mph. This is a whirlwind of a tune that sits somewhere between Bis, Dweeb, Midget and Shampoo which is, frankly, awesome. Now bring on the album, I want to drive around with it blasting out of my car to freak out the squares. 

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Live Dates: 

27th May - Bearded Theory28th May - A Stone’s Throw Festival, Newcastle4th June - Live At Leeds4th June - Sonic Wave, Birmingham16th June - Rock For The People, Czech Republic 9th July - 2000 Trees, Cheltenham22nd July - Truck Festival29th July - Y Not Festival30th July - Camp Bestival31st July - Kendal Calling5th August - Wide Skies & Butterflies Festival

17th Sept - Arts Club (Loft), Liverpool18th Sept - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds19th Sept - King Tut’s, Glasgow21st Sept - Mama Roux’s, Birmingham22nd Sept - Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff23rd Sept - The Garage, London24th Sept - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth30th Sept - Strings Bar & Venue, Newport

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