The red leslies release debut album “in white” March 9th 2019
The Red Leslies formed in 2015, sparked by the members’ shared love of Art, Classic Records, and Iconic songwriters like Buddy Holly, Lou Reed, and Lennon/McCartney. After three years of performing and building a loyal fanbase in Southern California, they are ready to release their debut album, In White.
In White is an album on speakerphone, reaching you from behind an old telephone, speaking with a familiar voice. It calls to tell you about another day, walking through the noisy city streets, seeing the endless sea of faces, and the irony of its loneliness.
At the core of the record is its transistor heartbeat, which pumps the veins of the songs with distorted guitars, technicolor drums, and winds of white noise - guitar rock that is saturated by aesthetic simplification, rather than marred by it. Above the arrangements, the vocals and lyrics take center stage with their impressionistic vignettes about city life and the modern age in general.
“I don’t want to see tomorrow… and yesterday was just as bad”, suspends as the opening lyric of the record, introducing the immediacy of The Red Leslies’ voice, and a theme that is reoccurring on the record: the melancholy of time passing. Throughout the LP, each song is like a television changing channels, abruptly moving from story to story, leaving little time before the next motif paints its emotion. This injects In White with a nuanced variety of songs, and an enticing energy throughout.
As a whole, In White by The Red Leslies invokes the songwriting of mid 20th century rock n’ roll artists like Lou Reed and Buddy Holly, washed over with tints of post-punk, garage, and lo-fi tunes by the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and The Strokes.
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The Observatory OC
Marty’s On Newport
The Smell, LA
The Continental Room, Fullerton CA
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