On April 13th The Leisure Society release their fourth album ‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’, via Full Time Hobby. The band have also announced a series of live dates to promote the new LP.
“‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ is a recurrent, linking theme, although this wasn’t an intentional concept album”, explains Nick. “It’s about clinging to something – be that a relationship, a career, or life itself.
All the way through writing the album a friend of mine was battling cancer. I reached out by sending him the rough demos of this album. By giving him this access to the work in progress and by him giving feedback, we formed a close bond. Sadly he lost his battle, but his input and presence is there in the album.”
The closing track ‘As The Shadows Form’ is a song explicitly about death – intentionally sequenced as a poignant and literal ending – “a full stop” – as Nick describes it. Elsewhere, the ‘hanging on’ theme explores the plight of single boat fishermen.
“I took a visit to Hastings and I noticed several tall black cabins, which inspired the song of the same name. These structures are used by local fisherman for drying their nets. Theirs is a small and shrinking industry, but they have a passion for their trade and keep it going, even though it’s not always financially viable. We recorded the album onto analogue tape at Konk studios and mastered it at Abbey Road Studios. We wanted to make the best record we could, so despite the expense we crafted it in this way – not for money, but for the love of making it.”
The full track-listing for ‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ is as follows…
The Fine Art Of Hanging On
Nothing Like This
Tall Black Cabins
The Undefeated Ego
I’m A Setting Sun
You Are What You Take
You’ll Never Know When It Breaks
All Is Now
Wide Eyes At Villains
As The Shadows Form
You can see ‘The Leisure Society’ at one of these venues…
13th April 2015 – Bristol, Colston Hall Lantern BUY TICKETS
14th April 2015 – Oxford, Oxford O2 Academy 2 BUY TICKETS
15th April 2015 – London, Islington Assembly Hall BUY TICKETS