Hartlepool-based alternative rock band Leopard Rays have just brought out their new track, ‘Easy Tiger’ so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to find out how it’s been received, what’s in store for them in 2019 and more.
You’ve recently released your new single, ‘Easy Tiger’. Why did you decide to record the track at Blank Studios in Newcastle?
A few members of the band actually recorded in the old Blank Studios which was a really neat little studio. When we heard that they were opening a brand new studio it was around the same time our first batch of songs were ready to record and we just couldn’t wait to get in there. Our first couple of releases – ‘Easy Tiger’ and ‘Wealth and Comfort’ – were recorded in the first sessions there, which was great to do in a studio like that, especially working with engineer Chris McManus who has a thing with recording Hartlepool bands.
We hear that you’re also going to be releasing some new material in early 2019…
Absolutely! We’ve been back at Blank Studios again to record some more tracks. We really can’t wait to get these ones out either, mostly because we feel we have grown in the writing aspect of the project since ‘Easy Tiger’ and ‘Wealth and Comfort’.
‘Easy Tiger’ is brimming with emphatic drums and ghostly vocals. Can we expect more of the same in 2019 or are you heading in a different direction?
We’re not going to completely abandon ship on the way we play but with a few songs we hope to have out in the New Year, people will see that we have a softer side. We will challenge ourselves to try a few things out differently, however, particularly in the studio.
You’re an advocate for Hartlepool bands, so what Hartlepool-based bands should we and our readers look out for in 2019?
There are loads of great things happening by the seaside for sure – and with much variety too. I’d say Michael Gallagher is one musician who is definitely rocking it at the minute: he plays a great live set and has some killer stuff recorded too. Not to mention the other bands and musicians that we love like Marketplace, Talent Show, Onlooker, Andrew Smith, Danny Devon, Ricky Sambuca and the Tequila Slammers. Then, of course, there are our mates in PLAZA too.
And finally, what do you have planned for the remainder of 2018?
We’re going to spend a fair amount of time writing some new material, recording demos and all that type of stuff. There are a few gigs we have to be confirmed for December too and we’re getting ready for Father Christmas coming as well.
You can listen to ‘Easy Tiger’ by Leopard Rays now on Spotify.