Lauran Hibberd has returned with the video for ‘Honda Civic’, the first song to emerge from the hotly-tipped singer in 2023. You can watch it exclusively below on Rolling Stone UK.
The new offering from the Isle of Wight star follows on from her 2022 debut Garageband Superstar and sees her delivering an empowered break-up anthem. It’s anchored by pop-punk sounds that she was able to road test when supporting All Time Low on their UK tour earlier this year. The two acts will also link up later this year for a tour of the US and Australia.
The lo-fi video also feeds into the track’s defiant themes, with Hibberd letting out all her anger as she attends a martial arts class and displays an impressive plethora of moves.
“After road testing ‘Honda Civic ‘ on tour with All Time Low earlier this year, with no plans to ever actually release it, it felt kinda cool having hundreds of messages from people asking for its release date – so here we are!!,” said Hibberd.
“My dreams fully came to life shooting this video, and working with Kitty and Amelie (my taekwondo superstars) was awesome. They are truly the coolest!! There’s something amazing about two young girls being the most dangerous on set.”
It comes after Hibberd discussed her influences and debut album Garageband Superstar in a chat with Rolling Stone UK last year.
“When we went into lockdown, I knew I was going to write the album. All I could do at the time was write songs, so I decided to write loads and loads. I ended up writing three EPs, two albums and my entire career!,” she said.
“I had a lot of time on my hands and used it to create my life’s work! There’s definitely a lot of hints on the album of what’s to come in the future, but I owed it to myself to keep this one in a world that I had built and wanted to be a part of since I was a kid.”
She added: “When I was writing the album, I wanted to make the soundtrack to a film that no one would ever watch. Now it’s about to come out, I’m like, ‘No, I want to make the soundtrack to a film that everybody wants to watch!’ It comes back to the idea of dad rock for your daughters. I remember going to a show when I was younger, and I was at the front watching Girli and my dad was at the back, and he was like, ‘Oh my god, that was great!’ There’s such a power in getting the kids on board but also having the respect from the parent. And I need a big breath, because I’ve been drowning out here.”