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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Willkommen
  • ASIN: B001TA41MI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,719 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Midlands folk collective's disarming debut. 'America seems an awfully long way to go,' sings The Leisure Society's Christian Hardy on their sweetly turned single The Last Of The Melting Snow. Fair point, but if they'd claimed to hail from Burton, Nebraska rather than Burton-on-Trent, and recorded this beautifully pastoral debut album in a log cabin, we'd surely be falling at their feet. Despite their prosaic origins, Nick Hemming's gang will charm many an ear with the ukelele-laced musings of A Short Weekend, while the minor falls, major lifts and Cohenesque Spanish guitar of We Were Wasted are offset by unlikely references to driving home drunk froma nightclub. In short, they've created a sound steeped in the finest folk-pop traditions while retaining a very British streak of humour and individuality. America's loss; surely our gain. (Johnny Sharp) --Mojo (March 2009, 4 stars)

Their sublime, string-filled debut single, 'The Last of the Melting Snow', was chosen by Elbow's Guy Garvey as his single of the year. And this, their first LP, is full of a similar northern England charm akin to the Mercury winners. From the delicate seed of 'A Fighting Chance', this album grows to a sweet whimsy that delights in a spring time ambience. Close your eyes and you can see the flowers blossom. The lyrics offer a dark nuance though, turning both comic and sombre in a way you d expect from a collective that once counted film director Shane Meadows and actor Paddy Considine amongst its number. Nick Hardy and Christian Hemming have used a folk past to create a pop album of precious subtlety. Even the ukulele makes itself welcome, without the cringe of it sounding like a novelty. This isn t just a debut that promises big things for the future, it s one that delivers greatness already. (Thomas Meek) --The List (Issue 623, Feb 19th 2009, 5 stars)

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The story of The Leisure Society began in Burton-Upon-Trent when Nick Hemming picked up a guitar and formed a band with Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and Rich Eaton. Following a year of demos and increasingly bizarre gigs, Shane and Paddy were drawn towards careers in film, leaving Nick to pursue a life of making music. After serving time with Burton's best known exports The Telescopes (latterly Unisex), Nick contributed scores to some of Shane's movies, including A Room For Romeo Brass and Dead Man's Shoes, under a new moniker The Leisure Society. Then in 2005 he was asked to collaborate with fellow Burtonians Christian Silva, prompting a move to South London where he bunked up in singer Christian Hardy's postage stamp bedroom. One thing inevitably led to another and soon Nick started shyly presenting his compositions in the wee hours of the morning, picking up a ukulele, mandolin, banjo or guitar and pouring out songs that were wistful, romantic, poetic and drenched in longing. Hemming was dismissive, Hardy was transfixed. Thus The Leisure Society was reborn, a new band in which Christian tinkled the ivories, twiddled the knobs and sung all the notes Nick couldn't reach. Christian and Nick continued with other musical exploits: Christian Silva released debut album Onward! and enjoyed a number of high profile tour dates; Nick joined the ranks of two Brighton folk ensembles, Sons Of Noel and Adrian and Shoreline, both members of a newly formed Willkommen Collective. It was from this rich pool of talent that Nick and Christian found band members to realise their ever-expanding vision of The Leisure Society. Simple ukuleles and close harmony were joined by lush orchestral chamber pieces with vast rhythm sections and choirs. Nick brought home a sitar, Christian brought home a pedal steel, Nick brought home a flute player, Christian brought home a drummer. And so on. And now the results are in. They have produced a collection of 30 or so songs, 12 of which are presented on The Sleeper, which will be brought to you by Willkommen Records. And that's the story. The Leisure Society is Hemming with Hardy, a band from Burton reborn in a London bed. Together they strive for a time of relaxation through automation, for a moment when they can hold their table tennis bats aloft and salute modernity.


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