“It doesn’t require a lot of listening to be taken in by Laura Smith. Her songs are colourful,
stripy socks with old jeans and T-shirt. They are as catchy as they are unassuming. You can’t
help but take notice.” (Edmonton Vue Weekly) From pop/alternative to jazz, folk, and rock the
songs segue across a wide spectrum of genres, without sacrificing quality.
The debut album, Sea of Stars, released in November '08 creates a playful yet sophisticated sound
most simply defined as Indie Pop. From cabaret-style accordion, to walls of guitar feedback, to
lilting piano ballads, to elated horn sections, Laura and co-producers Andrew Braun and Derek
DiFilippo have created an eclectic album, unified by Laura's strong vocal performances and
innate pop sensibility.
Laura Smith began performing as a girl and her piano, played with other bands, including Said
the Whale and Prairie Cat, and moved on to her current project; a collaborative four-piece band
of diverse, accomplished, and experienced musicians. They are based out of North Vancouver and
Victoria, BC and include: Laura Smith (vocals, keys, accordion), Andrew Braun (guitar, vocals,
keys), Jeff Riedlinger (bass) (Sam Bradley) and Johnny Andrews (drums) (Tegan and Sara, db Clifford,
The band boasts years of live experience and numerous music-related pieces of paper between them.
Maintaining a studious approach toward crafting new songs, they are constantly tweaking and improving
arrangements of older ones….and have "created a masterpiece and a live show that’s both entertaining
and memorable" (Vancouver - Ronatron live reviews) Touring is constant for the band and they have had
the privilege of sharing the stage with such notable acts as Nicole Atkins, Mother Mother, Tim Finn
(of Crowded House), the 1900's, Said the Whale, Jon and Roy, Current Swell, and The Liptonians. They
have made live CBC appearances, played JunoFest, Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler
and been nominated for a Galaxie Rising Star Award by the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
"Smith seems unassuming off-stage and at only 22 years of age, she sings with crystal clear vocals
and a polish that certainly belies her youth. She’s definitely someone to watch out for."
-Lisa Szeker-Madden, Victoria Focus Magazine