The Leers

Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.

We started out as a group because we were curious to experiment with making music and a lot of our older friends had been or were in bands and it looked really cool. We were all pretty passionate about music and when we came together we just really clicked as friends and eventually as musicians. It’s hard to pinpoint when we decided to take it a step further then just jams in the shed and the odd house parties. There’s a

school based competition in NZ called “Rockquest” that we competed and we came 2nd nationwide out of 700 other bands, so I think that gave us some confidence to take our first baby steps in the industry but all felt really organic. There wasn’t really a moment where we were all like “okay lets be serious about it now.” it just kind of grew step by step and it’s always been really fun.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.

We’ve had heaps of support from our fans. The only criticism we hear is that we don’t tour enough.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social networking, especially online, has become such a big tool for musicians and labels to use.

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Brief us about the recording of this song.

We recorded this song in Red Bull studios in Auckland. They have a really cool program you can apply for where it’s a really hands of deal for free studio time. We got to work with the fantastic Ben — as the engineer and Sven Peterson from Racing & formerly of The Checks who is one of the best bands to come out of NZ in my opinion.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

“Easy love” was written about the growing shallowness of romance and love in the modern world.

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State your area of specialization in music.

As a group I think our areas of specialization are creating dynamic structure. We love experimenting with things like tempo & rhythm changes, how and where a song can flow and creating tension and climax. Sometimes it feels like the way we write, it turns into living thing that makes its own decisions on where it says it wants to go. Either that or it’s like an Ouija board where between the four of us pushing and pulling with material, it seems like it’s another entity that kind of steals the wheel.

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Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.

It honestly varies so much, which can be both frustrating and satisfying. Sometimes it can take 2 or 3 sessions, sometimes after 24 sessions we come up completely empty handed (true story.) After a while I think for us, a large factor comes down to our moods and our environments. If we’re in positive moods and we’re in a comfy space, we’re mostly creative and productive but even if one of us is fucked off at something or tired and we’re in a dingy rent-a-space storage facility, it doesn’t matter

how long we have to write a song, it just won’t happen or at least not to a standard we’re happy with.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

There are really only two methods we use when making melody. Either we have a hook or a chorus we’ve pre-written that we really like and we jam chords or lines around the melody. Or the song’s been created already and we freestyle over the jam until we come up with melodies that gel and write the lyrics to fit with the melody. It’s a constant tug-a-war for me between getting the notes and syllables in a vocal to fit perfectly and in an interesting way, and for all the words to carry an idea or narrative. If I don’t have those two things happening simultaneously the whole time then I think the song suffers at the hands of my laziness.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

I love the 90’s era of conscious hip hop movement. A Tribe Called Quest, Backstar, The sound bombing mixtape from Ruckus. The way they use the English language is so clever and inspiring but also the jazz influenced beats; perfection. I really enjoy some indie electronica like James Blake and Bonobo, and of course indie rock like early Foals and Arctic monkeys.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Rehearsal almost always starts off with an impromptu improvised jam of some sort. Even if we have a lot to cover in a session like rehearsing a set for a show we’re about to play that night, we still find ourselves spending a lot of time playing around with new ideas. We often try to chuck some of these little jams into our sets just to see how crowds respond to them and to see if they’re worth pursuing. Rehearsing songs have never been as fun as coming up with new ideas.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Our favourite instruments to write music with would be what we play live (guitar, bass, drums), mostly because it’s what we’re best at and can easily play an idea that pops into our heads with them. In saying that, I always find it really interesting to hear

melodic lines or rhythms in which I have no idea what instrument is playing them. Jacob’s melodica has cool tinny fragile tone but we’ve only been able to use it well in one recording so far…

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

Our crowds are usually sweaty, drunk and enthusiastic, so we can relate to them pretty well half way through a set. Matt creates little sing-along when he’s in the mood that our crowds have always responded well to. Some of my favorite shows have been in a little bar called Major Toms in our home town Mt Maunganui. There was no stage but it was always fun as hell because it felt like you were dancing in a crowd with your

mates except we were holding guitars. Having good chemistry with audiences is always better the closer you are to them.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Outgoing.

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Tell us about your musical background.

That’s one big melting pot. Learning grunge songs in the bedroom at 13 or Reggae drum beats in the shed. Punk basslines. Rock melodies. But that was really before the real influences came through when a lot of that faded… of

course never completely. We’d be forever introducing each other to new (or old) things. Until we sort of merged anywhere between The Beatles, Foals, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cardigans and Gorillaz. It’s hard not to absorb everything really.

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List your musical work.

Are You Curious and Time It Takes.

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Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.

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contact@inflightmusicgroup.com

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State what takes your time apart from music.

Art, surfing, skating, running online stores, 1 of us is a dad. Uni, cooking, working various merchandising jobs. Good beersies, some general tom foolery and the girlfriends.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I’ll never forget this one electronic party we played at when we were 17 or something. It was called “My Heart Beats Electro” and was essentially a school hall of tweens dancing to electronic music. We were on a stage

somewhere just off centre and by our second song the hall was empty aside from the 3 organizers. 1 of them dancing furiously when as we finished (we decided to cut it short at one more song) he said great band. Just wrong place, laughing as he boogied towards the exit along with the rest of them.

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Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.

The good side. People swarm to help each other in someone’s time of need. We were once driving back from Auckland to Tauranga after a gig in the middle of the night. On the back roads we were first on the scene for an accident where a lady had flipped her car. The speed and cooperation at which people helped when they did arrive was insane! And people got out the way when they weren’t needed. Good shit. The bad. Laziness. When there’s massive pile of rubbish in a gutter with a bin 3 steps away. Piss off.

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State the official date of release.

1-12-18.

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