Leisure Cruise is excited to announce their upcoming winter tour dates. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, February 18th in Boston, MA at the Middle East Upstairs. Special guests Stars will join Leisure Cruise on four of the tour dates. JayZ’s Life+Times recently premiered Leisure Cruise’s new remix of LIGHTS’ track “Running with the Boys.” Life+Times called it “the quintessence of an addictive electro pop record – with a hint of house music’s mellow tempo.” Leisure Cruise’s Dave Hodge said, “I had a blast working on this track. With Lights’ energetic vocal, I wanted to jack up the tempo and keep it funky… in the bridge I gave a nod to our track ‘Revelation’ with the chords and rhythm.. although Revelation is much slower and a totally different vibe. It’s a really cool song to begin with, which always makes it that much easier, too.” The track is also available to stream and share via SoundCloud.
Leisure Cruise is Dave Hodge and Leah Siegel. Dave Hodge is a Canada-born musician (Broken Social Scene & Bran Van 3000) who has performed with Feist, Macy Gray, Brazilian Girls, and Basement Jaxx. He was sitting in a café when he saw an acquaintance walk by: singer and songwriter Leah Siegel (a fixture on the New York scene known for her solo project Firehorse and for singing with The Citizens Band), and asked her if she wanted to try some co-writes. They got to straight to work, and didn’t stop until their debut album was finished. So what does this mash of influences sound like? Something sounding like the future as imagined in the past-yet rooted in the now. Imagine the music of a John Hughes film if it had been written by Bowie, remixed by Johnny Jewel, and fronted by a female Prince, and you’ll start to get the idea. Rounding out the sound is an impressive roster of guests (Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, Blondie’s Tommy Kessler, Liam O’Neil from the Stills, Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene, and Drake’s Adrian Eccleston). It’s at once dark and light, serious and fun, melancholic and euphoric. Ask Hodge and Siegel about their sound and process, and the answer sounds a lot like what happiness researchers call flow. “We’re not trying to emulate anything,” Hodge says. “We’re just making music that we’d want to listen to ourselves, and hopefully that means others will want to, too.”
Leisure Cruise Tour Dates
02.18 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
02.20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
02.22 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
02.27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milk Boy
02.28 – Whistler, BC @ The GLC
03.01 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
03.02 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
03.03 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune*
03.04 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater*
03.05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
03.06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater*
03.07 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
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