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Kiran Leonard announces new album and Cambridge gig


Kiran Leonard will release a new album this Autumn. New album ‘Western Culture’, is set for release on 19th October 2018 on Moshi Moshi. The new album news comes alongside a new single, ‘Paralysed Force’ and a UK tour. The new tour dates takes in Cambridge’s Portland Arms on October 23rd, with tickets on sale here.

‘Paralysed Force’ is the album’s lead single, of which Kiran Leonard said: “”Paralysed Force” is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

“There’s also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that’s involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song’s about being caught between those two points — basically, that even if you know you’re being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there’s still a desire to give yourself up.”

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass, Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

“It was nice not having to spend 2+ years recording an LP in drips in my front room,” says Leonard. “It was mostly smashed out over nine days or so makes it a lot more focused than my long-ass records usually are. I think it’s both more accessible and more peculiar than my other records. There’s a nice Bon Jovi solo at the end of the seventh track.”

Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Dervaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.

Leonard has also just announced UK and Ireland headline dates for October / November, as well as a London date at The Victoria on 29th August which will serve as a warm up for their appearance at End Of The Road Festival the following day.

Please read on for a full list of tourdates, as well as Kiran’s complete statement on Western Culture and its influences.

Kiran Leonard UK & Ireland tour

26 Aug – Leeds, This Must Be The Place
29 Aug – London, The Victoria
30 Aug – End of the Road Festival
08 Sep – Manchester, Partisan
20 Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union
22 Oct – Leicester, Cookie
23 Oct – Cambridge, Portland Arms
24 Oct – Guildford, Boileroom
25 Oct – York, Crescent
26 Oct – Huddersfield, Parish
27 Oct – Stockton, Georgian Theatre
21 Nov – Galway, Roisin Dubh
22 Nov – Dublin, Whelans
23 Nov – Limerick, Kasbah Social
26 Nov – Brighton, Green Door Store
28 Nov – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
29 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
30 Nov – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
01 Dec – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
03 Dec – Norwich, Arts Centre
04 Dec – Bristol, Rough Trade
05 Dec – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach