Lauran Hibberd – ‘Hoochie’
Following a visit to Southampton this past week for the opening night of Lauran Hibberd’s inaugural headline tour, there’s so much to love in what she’s putting together – despite only six songs having the proper release treatment thus far – that some big breakthrough feels like a bit of an inevitability. After opening with both musical and verbal searches for a ‘Sugardaddy’, her show folds in everything from acerbic confessions for Wikipedia (“Likes goldfish, sweats a lot, also plays bass.”) to pointing out her father cringing in the corner ahead of a song called ‘Sucker’ that’s about precisely what your filthy mind might be suspecting it is.
While a fair chunk of Hibberd’s setlist feels like what would happen if Soccer Mommy had started out with risqué chronicles of teenage rebellion, her disarming early shock factor makes plenty of room for the odd dose of melancholic lilt (‘Shark Week’) and a spiky, punky energy (‘Call Shotgun’) with her three-piece backing band, and latest release ‘Hoochie’ rolls everything together into one impossibly infectious three minute indie spark. We can’t vouch for what happens if you get in touch with the number draped all over the track’s Babestation sendup of a video – though a recent interview assures us all is innocuous fun – but what we can safely say it’s time to start considering Hibberd alongside the likes of Phill Jupitus and Sheila Hancock for the crown of the Isle of Wight’s leading cultural export.