THE RED LESLIES
The following is what The Red Leslies have in store for the next few months
In white LP
Out everywhere March 9th 2019
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.
Recorded at The Music Box Studios in Fullerton CA, the record was made over the course of 9 days and was tracked entirely by the duo.
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.
The following is what we have in store for the next few months.
Staring At The Wall
Staring At The Wall is a guitar driven dive into minimalism, conveyed with a large sound. It is introduced starkly - staccato dots of distortion stab above a deep, raw drum beat. Faint hip-hop textures are nodded at, and yet the bass is warm, and low, and the songwriting is surely Rock N Roll. The song arcs quickly into an anthemic drop, ripe for an audience to sing along to if they’re feeling heartbroken, or down. It is a powerful song with a triumphant spirit, and a quick glance at what’s to come from The Red Leslies.
Intercourse Weapon is a motorized engine of energy, delivered in technicolor drums and dirty, transistor guitars. The punk, post-punk, and garage revival waves certainly washed over this song once or twice, leaving it with layers of inspiration that result in a nuanced texture. The drums are acoustic, but distort into a drum machine feel. The urgency of the chords strike immediately a-la Ramones, or The Strokes. The vocal delivery is strong, precise, and stands rooted in emotion, as it sings the incredibly danceable chorus
“I don’t care, I don’t care, anymore . . .”
I’m Not The Only One
I’m Not The Only One is the third single off of In White, The Red Leslies’ Debut LP, out March 2019. It is a strong composition by the duo, delivering gritty arrangement wrapped around some good ol’ Rock N Roll performing. It finds itself at home nestled in between the riff-drenched Rock of early Kinks records, and fuzzy bass and guitar songs by modern acts like Courtney Barnett and St Vincent. Oh and the solo is for the books.