November the 25th is going to be a busy day for The Leisure Society. The sextet not only release their new single Tearing The Arches Down, yet they also begin their UK Tour and close their #LEISURESOCIETYOFFILM Contest. The last time we spoke with the band was back in June when their third album Alone Aboard The Ark was released. With the new single and tour soon approaching, it was the perfect time to catch up with The Leisure Society’s Christian Hardy. We spoke about touring essentials, competition tips, and laughing a lot…
AMBY: Hello The Leisure Society, thanks for speaking with us again. How’s everyone doing?
The Leisure Society: We’re pretty good thanks. Bas is probably injured in some way or other, he’s the most accident prone drummer in music.
AMBY: The last time we spoke was back in June. What’s been keeping the band busy since then?
The Leisure Society: We’ve been in the rehearsal studio a lot working on new arrangements for our songs. We decided to approach our forthcoming tour with a fresh head and its been really rewarding. Not reinventing the wheel, just fine tuning things to a new level of detail and texture. Trying some new songs too.
AMBY: You have some shows throughout the UK in November and December. What are you most looking forward to?
The Leisure Society: Playing the new arrangements and being on that knife edge of fear and exhilaration, maybe bringing out a brand new song if we can get it together in sound checks, and those unexpected moments that tours always throw up – like spontaneous acoustic shows on hotel balconies or new band games that organically occur. We also have some genuinely beautiful fans – people who travel a long way to hear us play our music, that’s always a massive boost to our fragile souls to meet them and talk about music and hear their stories.
AMBY: Which three items could you not live without while on tour?
The Leisure Society: Headphones and an iPad to escape into your own head for a bit.
Moleskine journal – constant travelling, hangovers and heightened emotions make for concentrated songwriting potential. Berocca to stay alive.
AMBY: When we last spoke, you just released your third album Alone Aboard The Ark. What are your thoughts on the LP now that there’s been time to reflect on it?
The Leisure Society: Thumbs up. We’re proud of all our records but Ark is the most consistent all round – songs, production, artwork and band cohesion all coalesced on this one.
AMBY: Your new single Tearing The Arches Down is fantastic. What inspired it?
The Leisure Society: Cheers. Nick went back to our hometown of Burton-On-Trent and had one of those alienated nostalgic moments of reflection. More specifically, ‘The Arches’ is a recording studio under a railroad bridge where most bands did their first demos in Burton, myself (Christian) and Nick included. A guy I was in a band with took it over from the legendary Ken after we left to move to London and apparently he ruined it within a matter of days. Sad. Recording that single was amazing fun – we stuck the guitar amps in the corridor at Konk and waited for everyone to leave then turned them up to 11.
AMBY: The #LEISURESOCIETYOFFILM competition is a great idea! As a tip to those entering, what would you love to see in the video?
The Leisure Society: A story with a heart. Wit. Love.
AMBY: What’s next as far as recording goes?
The Leisure Society: Nick is in the middle of a seriously purple patch and we want to get recording as soon as the tour ends. The demos floating around are magic.
AMBY: If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
The Leisure Society: Wes Anderson and our band seem a perfect fit. He has featured a lot of our favourite bands and we love his work. He shares our love of detail, style and contrast.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s the best part of being in The Leisure Society?
The Leisure Society: It isn’t the money. I think the bond between us is becoming more and more special. We’ve had some incredible highs and lows since we started in 2008 and they’re etched in the eyes of the people you’re making music with. Everyone’s f*cking funny too, we laugh a lot.
Thank you The Leisure Society, for giving us your answers!
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TOUR DATES //
25 November CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
26 November SHEFFIELD Queens Social Club
27 November MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
28 November EDINBURGH Electric Circus
29 November CLITHEROE The Grand
30 November LEICESTER O2 Academy
1 December CANTERBURY The Gulbenkian Theatre
3 December MILTON KEYES The Stables
5 December 2013 LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
7 December THATCHAM New Greenham Arts
8 December CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout