Considering they are still convincing their parents they are in a band, The Leisure Society aren’t doing half bad.
Combining a harmony of haunting violin, innovative piano and guitar work, and mellow yet strong vocals, this band really aren’t to be missed, and that was shown in the utterly packed out crowd there to see them: The Grand was full to the brim with locals eager to witness this sensational emerging talent, and whether they could sit, stand, or anything in between, all will have been glad they were there, as this really was a masterful performance.
The Leisure Society jumped straight into their performance by performing the fantastic, abstract “If God Did Give Me A Choice”, showing how they can stand out from the crowd, with a rousing violin accompaniment and a gentle build-up to a euphoric ending. This inventiveness was a feature of the performance throughout, and the gentler, more subdued “We Were Wasted” was a real stand-out point, containing harp-like violin plucking that gave the song a haunting edge.
Among the many highlights was the quirkily named “Our Hearts Burn Like Damp Matches” form new album “Into The Murky Water”, an acoustic-dominated song with stripped-back vocals that is so mellow that it borders on sleep-inducing. Luckily for the band, the song is so delightfully written that it makes you want to listen to every last second of it, so there were no early nights for the audience. And the contrast of this song with the next, “You Could Keep Me Talking”, was significant and brilliant: this had an almost Celtic vibe to it, being a lively, uplifting, pop-rock anthem that was bursting with effervescence and imploring any listeners to get their feet tapping.
The finalé of the act was as it had been before, strong, lively, and refreshing, with an acoustic cover of Erasure’s “A Little Respect” that managed to contain not a hint of synth from the original: in fact, it was almost unrecognisable, being possibly the least cheesy rendition of the song that anybody could ever perform. The Leisure Society deserved a standing ovation for this masterpiece, and had there been more seats for people to stand from, they would have had one. Judging from this performance, though, this is a band that deserves more than a little respect.