Blog 15 – New Music: March 2015

Leon Bridges

Not that long ago Leon Bridges was a pot wash. Within a year, he’s left America for the first time, signed a record deal, and found fans around the world. The 27 year old from Texas comes from another time. He’s an old soul.  Sam Cooke was his big inspiration. Live, his band wear Stetsons and the backing singers could have come straight from “20 Feet From Stardom.” They’re all impressive. As are the songs. Imagine him in the studio with Mark Ronson. Making something extraordinary. Or Paul Epworth. Or someone of that calibre. Very exciting.

The Academic

This 4 piece from Mullingar, Ireland have just managed to grab a support slot with Catfish And The Bottlemen. The comparisons will be made to the Welsh band. Hopefully, they can throw all that off, and keep finding out who they are as a band. The progression in song writing from 6 months ago, to this, is already quite a big leap. Which means they’re working hard. And focused. They’re also quite clearly ambitious, which always helps.


Lead singer John Clancy, left Liverpool 6 months ago and moved to London to put together a band. He quickly managed that on the streets of Camden Town. It could be the culture clash and conditioning that births a hot new British band. NW1’s rich musical heritage meets everything we know and love about Liverpool’s cultural melting pot. The band play a headline show at The Good Ship in Kilburn – 10th April 2015.