Formed amid the thriving Bristol music scene at the end of their student days in the city, Dear Leaders meld fragments of electro, surf & ethereal dreampop together using warping synth, clattering drums and spaced- out guitar.
2014 has seen Dear Leaders recording brand new material to follow up their previous EP releases, including the new single ‘Find Me’, a dark, brooding track which also sees the release of the band’s first video, a shadowy tale of surveillance and the subconscious, conceived and shot by Newcastle-born writer and director Siobhan Schwartzberg.
Their debut EP Not Summer, home recorded and self-released in 2012, mixed wistful melancholia with sprawling, widescreen electronic soundscapes, with the record written over the course of two years that saw numerous sea changes and relocations via Burma, Norfolk and London.
Tracks like the gloomy ‘Cold’, with its wistful winter beats reflect this upheaval, while the soothing Warp-like electronics of the instrumental title track ‘Not Summer’ hark back to simpler times, having morphed from an early bedroom demo into a hypnotic, fully-formed live favourite. The song was featured on BBC Radio 6Music as one of DJ Tom Robinson’s hand-picked favourite new tracks, with the band also interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol and praised as one to watch.
Recent collaborations include work with emerging Bristol artist Katy Christianson, with her intricately detailed artwork fronting the screen-printed, hand-made art card release of their second EP, Night Was The Time – this record saw the band take a step back from the electronic sound of their chaotic live shows as a quartet, showcasing a stripped-back collection of intensely warm songs, with drums and synths replaced by acoustic guitars and organ.
With triumphant appearances at the Bristol Dot To Dot Festival and Bristol Harbour Festival under their belts alongside regular performances at London venues including Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Proud Camden and The Finsbury, Dear Leaders have forged a reputation as a brilliant yet uncompromising live band with shows alongside artists such as Years & Years, Woman’s Hour and TEEN.
Campaign Start Date: 15.09.2014