Born and raised in NYC's East Village, Laura Cromwell started playing drums in 1991, inspired by her encounters with Riot Grrls and west coast post-punks in the fertile San Francisco music scene.
Self-taught, she was a core member of feminist pop-punk trio Growing Up Skipper, and received a commission from Roulette and the Jerome Foundation for her 1999 work “Burning.” Laura founded and composed for instrumental avant-rock bands Dim Sum Clip Job and The Vivian Sisters, joining forces with Jamie Saft on the latter to create some truly bizarre music. Both have CDS out on Avant.
She has performed and recorded with God Is My Co-Pilot, Cibo Matto, Buffalo Daughter, Takako Minnekawa, Enya, The Micro Titans, The Shaggs, and a host of others.
Current projects include The Dot Wiggin Band, featuring Dot Wiggin of legendary primitivist sister act The Shaggs. DWB's first CD "Ready! Get! Go!" was put out on Alternative Tentacles in 2013 and is available in stores and on bandcamp. They rocked the east coast with a sold-out tour in April 2015 opening for Neutral Milk Hotel. In 2017, members of the Dot Wiggin Band backed Dot and Betty Wiggin for a Shaggs reunion concert at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
Laura is also an accomplished ceramics artist whose work focuses on porcelain sculptures of the natural world.