The Leadership

May 1, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: audio

The Leadership was born from changes. Longtime folkie Jonathon Childerstraded in his acoustic to buy his first electric guitar. Jared Michael Park, a former drummer, stepped from behind the set to play the lead guitar. The rhythm section consists of jazz student Matt Novotny on drums and Jack Huffman holding down the bass. The Leadership’s most recent addition, Colin Drozdoff, fleshes out the arrangements on keys. The band found that they shared influences, notably classic FM rock radio such as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, and Led Zeppelin. They also had a healthy dose of Wilco and My Morning Jacket to share, as well. They took what they liked and left the rest, injecting energy into Childers’ songs about life, love and the state of the union.

With the drop date less than a month away, The Leadership set to work on their debut album Frontiers. The band made the thrifty decision to self produce, saving their money for beer instead. Park slipped into the engineer’s chair, treating the studio as another instrument. The band tracked the basics, then found ways to incorporate new sounds into their vintage-leaning songs. They did this by using a pile of rescued Casios, the heating vents, fuzz pedals, and slowed-down tape machines. The outcome is a set of songs filled with raw energy and honesty. Frontiers was released on December 9th, 2010 to a packed house and a swell of blog buzz.


Lyrics

10 miles shattered in it’s wake
And her life can not be reclaimed
Tornadoes
They can’t be satisfied
I saw her ripped up in the sky

They said it wouldn’t get this bad
But they’re the worst we’ve ever had
Tornadoes
They’ve taken all the roads
There’s no place safe to go

Ground We’re living Underground we’re living underground
Ground We’re living Underground we’re living underground
Long ago will be the days when living in the sun was safe
Ground We’re living underground we’re living underground

There’s no reason to rebuild
They’ll be back and then we will
Have no Choice
But to take shelter from these storms
Our life was good but now it’s gone

Ground We’re living Underground we’re living underground
Ground We’re living Underground we’re living underground
Long ago will be the days when living in the sun was safe
Ground We’re living underground we’re living underground

We burnt the bridge down log ago
We sold the last deed to our home
They will shake on and on and on and on and on and on and on

Ground We’re Moving Underground We’re moving Underground
Ground We’re Moving Underground We’re moving Underground
Ground We’re Moving Underground We’re moving Underground
Ground We’re Moving Underground We’re moving Underground

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