The Lawn Club is an odd place for a gig. Nestled in the heart of the Spinningfields commercial district, it's a haven for bankers and recruitment consultants from the nearby offices. On a sweltering evening, it's also host to She Makes War and her unique take on what she describes as gloom-pop.
She Makes War is Laura Kidd, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Her seven-song set, supporting Josh Doyle covers a lot of bases musically. It contains tracks from her two excellent studio albums to date - 2010's Disarm (Olympian, I Am and set-closer Scared To Capsize) and 2012's (Shields And Daggers and Delete) as well as two songs from her about-to-be-recorded third album (Drown Me Out and The Best), which she is about to kick off a Pledge campaign for.
The great thing about the live show is the variety. There's straight electric guitar songs, acoustic ukulele songs, intelligent and perfectly-timed use of loop pedals for vocals, audience participation and on Delete, she throws everything into the loop mix, including an alarm clock, before strolling through the audience singing into a megaphone.
There's so much packed into a seven-song set, including genuinely engaging explanations of the subject matter of the songs and a light-hearted piss-take of the headline act, that you can't help but fall for her charm.