Friday, February 6, 2009

The Lea Shores: These Charming Men

The Lea Shores on MySpace

If you don't know the UK's The Lea Shores, you need to take this chance to have a listen, and become a fan. My favorite song by them, called Rise (can be heard on MySpace link above), is a just-mellow-enough, lush, layered, melody with inspiring vocals that can hook you in an instant. The songs The Lea Shores have composed are nothing short of amazing. Beautiful harmonies sung by the Webb brothers (twins, no less) over dreamy guitar riffs, sometimes with a haze of violin in the backdrop, are what the songs of The Lea Shores are made of. For those of you who already know and love this music, read on for some fantastic information from Nick Webb, singer for The Lea Shores, who was extremely kind to answer some questions this rabid fan threw at him!

When did you form The Lea Shores & where does the band's name come from?

We formed about 4 years ago in under a railway arch in Peckham, South East London
We took the name from one of our favourite songs written by David Crosby for 'Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young' called 'The lee Shore'. It's a nautical term for a sheltered shoreline. We liked the idea of a place that can be close to but protected from stormy weather. Then changed lee to 'Lea' - to make it more pastoral and British sounding!

Who is currently in the band with you?

Simon Webb (twin brother)
Gabriel Llorett
Jamie Smith
Nell Catchpole
and a new drummer called Nick foot

Where are you from & where is the band based?

I grew up in North London and Birmingham but now live in South London in Peckham - where all the band lives.

What got you into making music?

Seeing Richie Haven's perform on the Woodstock film.

What are you working on now?

Releasing our album as a ltd edition 3xEP box set and writing and recording some new tracks that are blowing my fucking head off!

Are you playing any gigs soon?

Not for a while - we may book up some dates in April...

Whom have you played with (I have read the BJM amongst others, wow)?

Yeah, we toured with the BJM around Europe a while back which was great - apart from our bass player being hospitalised in Vienna after being beaten up in Peckham before we left! One of his broken ribs had punctured his lung and his chest had slowly filled up with blood on tour. Ricky from the BJM kindly stepped in to complete the tour. Our first gig without Gabs was in Stockholm where i first met Andy bell who became a good friend and fan of THE LEA SHORES - a mental tour - very much in the spirit of all things BJM...

Will you release an album this year?

Yes - but we'll have to be a bit patient!

Nick Webb, thank you so much for answering those questions, and I do hope the Lea Shores fans out there get to read them..........great information, indeed! We'll be impatiently awaiting the new album, trust me. Everyone I know who loves The Lea Shores is waiting!

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