The Great Escape: 15 May 2010

This is another horrendously late live review, but please bear with me. It’s been hanging around in my drafts for weeks now and I don’t want to delete it. Plus, I saw some good stuff the other weekend in Brighton and I’d like to share it with you.
Our day at The Great Escape started mid-afternoon [...]

Words so Leisured

Wednesday, 21 April 2010, 23:44 | Category : Live music
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Last year it was all about the warehouse worker who found himself rubbing shoulders with the stars after being nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The press loves a plucky underdog. This year the mainstream media stories are all over the concept cricket album. How quaint. Given that I neither understand nor care about cricket, [...]

Willkommen back

Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 7:59 | Category : Live music
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Given that the bands which make up Brighton’s Willkommen Collective share so many members, it’s surprising that there’s so much diversity. Take for instance The Leisure Society and Sons of Noel and Adrian, who are about to head out on tour together. The Leisure Society are the ones with the stirring, sweeping and melancholy tunes, [...]

Seven Songs: The Leisure Society

Thursday, 8 October 2009, 11:35 | Category : Seven Songs
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Today we have a double dose of The Leisure Society to celebrate the re-release of their The Sleeper album on new label Full Time Hobby. I was a little equivocal when it was first released on Wilkommen records earlier in the year, but since then it has become a firm favourite, winning me over by [...]

Live Leisure

Wednesday, 22 July 2009, 16:15 | Category : Live music
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I’m missing out on seeing The Leisure Society at ULU tonight, due to an unfortunate social clash. So I won’t be there to witness their triumphant version of A Matter of Time, surely their best song, despite what the Ivor Novello people thought. So instead, here’s a version of that song, recorded live last night [...]

Congratulations to The Leisure Society

Wednesday, 22 April 2009, 14:22 | Category : Reviews
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Everyone loves a triumph of the underdog story. Yesterday we had one. All the major news outlets had it, the tale of the bloke who works in a fabric warehouse who had to get off work to attend the awards nomination ceremony, rubbing shoulders with the stars before having to head back and finish his [...]

The last of the melting snow

Friday, 6 February 2009, 13:15 | Category : Good new stuff, Songs
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As the last of the lovely white stuff which brought so much fun to London on Monday disappears from our streets and parks, there’s surely no more appropriate tune than the one below.
The Leisure Society was founded by Nick Hemming and Christian Hardy. Nick used to play in a band with Paddy Considine and Shane [...]