We here at Underscore Part 3 HQ are like most of the UK are scratching our heads at what on earth to do in this weird and not wonderful world we’ve found ourselves thrown into. Well considering we’re always chatting shit to the best acts on the sea of global indie we decided to use this to our advantage and get a plethora of acts to give us some lockdown tips…
Hi Lauran, we hope you are all doing ok during lock down! Who are you all currently staying/living with?
Hey!! I’m okay thanks, I’m on lockdown at home with my parents (rent is cheaper here, and the food is good).
Recently, Off The Record did a piece asking people for their top 3 isolation albums, could we ask yours? One classic, one newish and one curve ball?
I did one of these for Off The Record funnily enough, was great fun. My classic was Weezer – Blue Album, I literally love this album more than anything haha. My new choice was Soccer Mommy – Bloodstream, it only came out last month and I’ve been hooked ever since, really love her work. Lastly my curveball was Better Oblivion Community Centre which is the supergroup made up of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. It’s just really good, it’s annoyingly good, it should be a book.
What’s your current favourite series/TV show you’re binging?
Game of Thrones!! I never watched it when everyone else was crazy about it, I hate doing things everyone else is doing (I know, get a grip Lauran) so I started it on day 3 of lockdown and can finally see what all the fuss was about, I’m on season 5 already oops!! Always got Gilmore Girls of Bob’s Burgers on the go as well, find them really comforting.
What is the first thing you’ll do after lockdown is lifted?
Hopefully after giving my nan a hug, head off on a huge massive tour!! And get a McFlurry, and also have a pint with some pals. I just want to go to the arcade or something really, I wanna go swimming.
What is your favourite snacky snack for quarantine?
I’m obsessed with those 3 of £1 packets of sweets you get in supermarkets, I’m all about strawberry laces, fizzy cola bottles and teeth and lips. I’m basically four years old.
What are your top tips for staying sane during isolation?
Keeping in touch with people, I think I’m talking to friends and family more than ever. I’m lucky to be able to channel this and do a lot of writing, I definitely have a few albums worth of material now! So, I think for me, being able to stay creative means I am a little saner than I would be.
If you could go to any gig tonight who would be on the line up?
I would want to see Lizzo, Phoebe Bridgers and Weezer. In that order! (Lizzo is my guilty pleasure).
Loads of acts are doing lots of digital things to entertain their fans, have you done anything yet or do you have any plans to? What are/were they?
Yes! I’ve done some live sets for Truck Festival, Dork and Jimmy’s over on Instagram live. I’ve also started my own live series called ‘Old Nudes Confessional’ in celebration of my new single ‘Old Nudes’. I asked fans to send in their stories and I’ve been reading them out loud to special judges who rate them from 1 (not that bad) to 10 (how are you breathing). Jerry Williams was my first guest judge. It was a right laugh, will be doing this once a week I believe – with a new guest each time.
What’s in store for Lauran Hibberd once life goes back to normal?
I’m releasing my second EP YAAY!! So excited for everyone to hear that, also loads of gigs, festivals, tours and more stupid jokes. I’m silently starting to chip away on the idea of an album now too.
Thanks so much for getting involved in Underscore Part 3’s Quarantine Q&A!
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