Hello everyone and welcome back to the band interview of the day! Today for you we talk to the absolutely wonderful Leo Spauls. There’s everything here. 2020, what they are and best of all Vegetables. That’s not a type. Let’s dive in.
If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
It’s actually three bands, one in Sweden, one in Germany and one in the UK. The UK band is Elina Tikkanen on backing vocals, Andy Basiola on guitar, Paolo Succo on bass, Lewis Moody on keyboards, Dan Breaden on drums. And myself, Leo Spauls, on lead vocals.
How did you all meet?
We met in January 2020 in London. We did a few rehearsals, had some gigs booked, but then came the pandemic. So since then, we have been focusing on songwriting. We enjoy playing live and are hoping to do a UK tour within a year or two. I always wanted to have a London based band and play clubs and venues in the UK, so finally, it’s become true.
How long have you been playing?
I released my first album in 2016, having written pop songs since the ’90s, so it was a very late debut. We recorded the first album in Swedish in a studio in Stockholm. Since then, I’ve recorded an album with Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist) called “Heaven’s Deep Blue Sky” and done gigs with my German band in Berlin and my UK band in London. Since travelling is expensive, I thought it was easier to do it that way. It’s also exciting since the musicians have different backgrounds. We try to do the songs differently in each band, giving the musicians the space to create their sound more freely.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
It’s pop music, based on synthesizers and piano. When we play live, we go on as a rock-pop band, with drums and guitars.
What are your musical influences?
David Bowie was and still is the most influential artist to me. I listen to his music frequently, and It’s lovely when I discover an interview or a concert I haven’t seen on Youtube. I had the chance to interview him once when he planned his 50th birthday and did a Madison Square Garden show. I would have loved to work with him. If I had believed a little more in myself back then, maybe that could have happened. However, working with Mike Garson is the next best thing.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
This one goes back to when I was working in a theatre in Stockholm. We had a play where the audience was allowed to throw vegetables on the stage if they didn’t like what they were seeing. Although the play itself was rather provoking, no one dared to do it. Until one night, we had handed out leeks to the audience, and suddenly someone threw one and hit a couple of wine glasses on stage. They went into a million pieces, and then we were at total war. People started throwing vegetables at the actors, and the actors threw them back. People were screaming, and some got hurt and left. It was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had on stage. And we never dared to try it again.
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
I am looking forward to Glastonbury next year. I heard Billie Eilish is playing the Pyramid Stage. Rather impressive .
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I love those bad ones. Those are the most fun to keep, and I’m proud to own them. One of my favourites is Florence Foster Jenkins. I play it whenever I’m in a bad mood, making me smile instantly.
What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
I very much like Halsey’s new album. It features Mike Garson on one song, and Trent Reznor’s production is excellent. I am hoping to work with Reznor one day. But we need to find a bigger audience first. Or do something extraordinary interesting musically. I’ve always been a pretentious bastard.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
We are releasing three singles this year on the Animal Farm label: “Show Me Your Love”, “Mehringdamm”, and “Moon Sign”. So that’s the most important thing that happens this year. Also, this time we are focusing on the UK market, so that’s a big step. You can find the songs on all streaming services.
Listen to the new single, “Moon Sign” here:
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