by / November 24th, 2009 /

The Leisure Society – The Sugar Club, Dublin

The Leisure Society re-released their debut album, The Sleeper. The album features the Ivor Novello nominated track The Last Of The Melting Snow. They will be performing at Dublin’s Sugar Club next Feb 12th. Tickets are €15 on sale Friday October 30th @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.

The 11-track long-player will be re-issued with a bonus 8-track EP – A Product Of The Ego Drain EP – which features a number of b-sides, demos and an un-released cover of Gary Newman’s Cars.

The story of the Leisure Society began in Burton-Upon-Trent when Nick Hemming formed a band with Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and Rich Eaton. Meadows and Considine would later go on to successful careers in film while Nick, in his own words, would spend a few years -working to support a music habit.’

After having contributed a couple of scores for Meadows’s films (A Room For Romeo Brass & Dead Man’s Shoes) under The Leisure Society moniker and a stint in The Telescopes, Nick found himself in London where he ended up sharing a flat with fellow Burton exile Christian Hardy.

The pair began writing together and playing in a number of bands – Nick would join Brighton bands Sons of Noel and Adrian and Shoreline and both would play in Christian’s band Christian Silva. It was through Nick’s Brighton connections that they met and began working with the Willkommen Collective, a loose collection of Brighton based musicians promoters and artists – it was from this collective that they drew the musicians who formed the permanent line-up of the band – Mike Siddell, Will Calderbank, Helen Whitaker, Bas Hankins & Darren Bonehill.

By the end of 2008 the pair had written and recorded almost 30 songs, 11 of which would end up on their debut album, The Sleeper. The first couple of singles from the album, The Last Of The Melting Snow & A Matter Of Time, picked up considerable radio support from the likes of Radcliffe and Maconie (where both were voted -record of the week’), Zane Lowe, Marc Riley Lauren Laverne, Dermot O’Leary, Bob Harris and Guy Garvey.

The Leisure Society live @ Sugar Club next Feb 12th. Tickets are €15 on sale Friday October 30th @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.