Leahy discusses new single “Good Water” from forthcoming album!

Canadian band Leahy’s forthcoming new album, Good Water, brings the five women members of the group – Leahy sisters Julie, Erin, Maria, Siobheann, and Denise – freshly to the fore, in singing and especially songwriting, along with brother Frank on drums. 

Title track and first single, “Good Water,” is inspired by the idea of our shared common bond, what unites us as human beings, as persons living in the world – right now. Presently our planet is rife with division where, in reality, we have more in common as fellow human beings than the differences that “divide” us; we all desire to be loved, to belong somewhere, to be happy, to make good on today and hope there is a tomorrow; we’re all thirsting for good water.  

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your single, “Good Water”?

All life needs “good water”. It’s another way to look at love. Everyone needs it, everyone wants it.  The song is saying what’s obvious.  We’re all connected and we need to look out for each other – “picking up the pieces” and “building bridges”.  Water – life-force.

How do you think your community has contributed to your success?

No one does it alone.  The people who have come out to our live shows, supported our records, participated in our annual summer music camp and other events – it’s the act of coming out, getting involved, listening, encouraging, these things have made it possible for us to play music.  This includes all of the people we work with and everyone behind the scenes.

What was the first thing that got you interested in music?

Def Leppard – There was always music in the house as we grew up. When I first heard Def Leppard, the sound grabbed my attention.  That’s the kind of energy that drives me.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

For our band, Leahy, there are as many processes as band members. But we see the best results when we can set up and just play.  For some of the songs on this record we holed up in a few Airbnb’s during days off while on tour.  With no distractions and the freedom to just play, some great things happened that made it onto the record.  For me, I practice.  I listen. I teach.  Teaching forces me deconstruct the elements, and then slows everything down so my technique gets better. I think I actually learn more than my students.  Same approach works with arrangement.  I pull the song apart and then put it back together.

What advice would you give other musicians?

Practice more than you think you think you should.

How did it feel when you released this new music?

It was a great feeling to finally release “Good Water” because we have been working on the project for so long.  Proud, too, because of all we put into the song and how much recording it with David [Bottrill – Producer] pushed us out of our usual zone.  When the album comes out, people will get to hear the song in its original setting which is longer and more dynamic.

And finally, if you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Dream Theatre – because I would learn so much from them.

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