Pink Leather Jackets was started for the pure purpose of rocking out. Christopher James, lead vocalist, wanted to be loud and make’em dance with the visceral organic sounds of distorted guitars and booming drums, not to mention a sexy voice.
We are super excited to share their new single and an exclusive interview with you today. You can take a listen now!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Wasting Time”?
The song Wasting Time was almost forgotten about. It was dug up from an old voice memo recording on my cell phone from 2015, way before Pink Leather Jackets was ever a concept. I remember at that time I was still getting over the end of a significant relationship but I was working hard to stay motivated to get myself out of a drag and stay focused in music. I was studying a couple different songwriting books when I wrote this tune. This song uses symbolism of building a paradise for a relationship and then abandoning it and watching it fall apart. When you’ve built something like that with someone, and they leave, you wonder if its a waste of time trying to get them back. Anyway I found the song, tried it with the guys and it came out like a kind of power pop rock, so here we are.
How has your community contributed to your success?
We’ve been entertaining our communities all across southern Ontario, Canada over the last 2 years since we started. It’s been told that Toronto and the greater Toronto area (and maybe southern Ontario in general) is one of the toughest areas to entertain. We think by the time we head over the border we’ll be well polished thanks to them. We’re truly grateful for our supporters across southern Ontario. We’re also grateful for our mentors throughout Port Credit and among Toronto. We’ve been lucky enough to get genuine reactions about our material from real people out in public bars. Over time they let us know which songs to record and which to scrap. We’re grateful for that too.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Hone the craft. Give the people what they want within your artistic integrity. Get paid. Its up to you to lead the journey.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
I can’t say there is any one set process to making our music. Most of the songs off of this upcoming EP were written by myself and then I’d show them to the band and we’d polish them up. The song Call You When I’m Drunk, which will be out December 6th with the rest of the EP, was mostly written by our guitar player Steve with minor lyrical collaboration from myself. I think we’re all really happy with the batch of songs on this EP. It’s only the very beginning of our sound but it feels like a good beginning so far.
It feels great! Its exciting for us to take our first steps with putting out our first ever songs as Pink Leather Jackets. We plan to keep fueling this feeling.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
Tough!!! I would love to have someone like Josh Homme or Julian Casablancas or Jack White or Mark Ronson produce a Pink Leather Jackets record. Each of those people have such distinct sounds and to be in a room with any of them and absorb that time together I can only imagine would be incredible and unforgettable.
What first got you interested in music?
All of us were raised with music in the household and raised by hobbyist musician Dads. I think we’ve all been brainwashed since birth to follow this path. Classic rock, progressive rock, and pop rock were in all of our houses growing up, but we truly appreciate all music in all genres across the board. A good song is what it really comes down to for us. A good song will always keep us interested in music.
– Chris Woolley, lead singer/guitar