The MuseBox today announced that Life Leone has released the new single “I Can’t Say No” in anticipation of his cross-country tour of the United States later this month. Leone will tour in support of his highly acclaimed debut EP, Comes Crashing In (via Wild Farm Records). According to music blog Free Bike Valet, Comes Crashing In features a “rougher brand of indie rock, filled with swooning overtones blurred with dusty fuzz.” From the jungles of Southeast Asia to the desert of Southern California, Leone has gleaned from his extensive travels a sound of classic exploration, expansive yet intimate. More information on Leone’s music and his upcoming fall tour is available on his official website.
According to The Sound of Confusion, Leone makes “splendid fuzz-rock with all the classic hallmarks of the genre – plus just a hint of Dinosaur Jr.” Tinged with desert rock, Leone’s music is a direct embodiment of his own transcontinental journey, rooted in straightforward rock and roll. But that classic tradition should come as no surprise, considering Leone’s first guitar lesson came from a Kink.
Leone’s story starts in Laos, where the spiritual stallion was born while his parents were stationed there on a volunteer mission. The family uprooted themselves to raise Leone in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California. It was here that the rebellious teenager happened to meet Nicky Hopkins, legendary guitarist for The Kinks, who taught Leone the basics needed to peak his interest in music.
Widening his influences but honing in on his craft, Leone was quickly drawn to punk, grunge, and garage rock. Before long, he was playing with influential locals acts in and around the Coachella Valley; at 17 he was touring with desert-rock pioneers Slo Burn. Then, after a move to L.A., Leone fronted the anthemic indie-rock favorites The Ross Sea Party.
Leone soon reinvented himself yet again, moving to Vietnam to work as a guitar craftsman. This eastern influence led to a furious drive of creativity, with Leone writing heaps of new material. There was no denying his work’s desert origins, even in the Far East. Hence, Leone once more circled back home to California to perfect his sound: tight chords, sharp tones, and raw, magnetic energy – all coupled with straightforward drums and deliciously fuzzed out guitars and catchy, acerbic vocals. Leone delivers a classic garage rock sound with a refreshing approachability and sense of urgency.
LIFE LEONE’S FALL TOUR DATES
24 Fri – Ashland OR – Club 66 Ashland
25 Sat – Portland OR – Kellys Olympian w/Broken Arrows
26 Sun – Seattle WA – Lo-Fi w/Blackpool Astronomy
28 Tue – Boise ID – Crux w/Calico
30 Thu Denver Co – Moe’s
01 Sat – Omaha NE – Barley Street Tavern
03 Mon – Chicago IL – Grandbar
04 Tue – Indianapolis IN –Birdy’s
05 Wed – Cleveland OH – Mahall’s
|10 Mon – New York NY – Rockwood Music Hall (Main Room)
13 Thu – Raleigh NC – Tir Na Nog
15 Sat – Chapel Hill NC – Local 506
16 Sun – Nashville TN – Basement
17 Mon – Memphis TN – Kudzus
18 Tue – New Orleans LA – Circle Bar
19 Wed – Fort Worth TX – Lola’s
20 Thu – Dallas TX – Belzies
21 Fri – San Antonio TX – The 502
22 Sat – El Paso TX – Pizza Joint
23 Sun – Phoenix AZ – Rogue Bar
24 Mon – San Diego – Soda Bar
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