Since forming in 2014, duo Leisure Tank have released debut album Wet Suit, and wowed crowds at the likes of Camp Bestival and Mellow Festival with their catchy alt-rock offerings.
Having just released the raw and dynamic energy of new single ‘Higher’, we caught up with Leisure Tank to find out more…
Hi Leisure Tank , welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Leisure Tank is a female fronted indie rock duo. K.C. on guitar and vocals and Budi on drums. Style-wise we probably float around the area of indie rock; stoner, grunge-influenced, and a bit of punk attitude with some bluesy touches. Man, that’s the hardest thing to do as a band, describing your own sound.
How did you initially get together and start creating music?
We met in Berlin in the late nineties. Budi broke into my flat, helping a friend who had lost the key… Then we started hanging out, listening to music and creating it. We had a folk/songwriter band for 8 years, then created Leisure Tank as I started writing on electric guitar and wanted to get all loud and fun.
Your new single ‘Higher’ is out very soon – can you tell us what it’s all about?
I wrote ‘Higher’ after someone complained to me about their ex girlfriend. It was in such clear view, all the things that person had projected on her and she couldn’t possibly live up to and fulfil. Still, she was the one to blame. And I could not tell that person, so I wrote ‘Higher’ and became all brave and in-your-face, as music gives you that space. And it turned into a really fun song for us to play!
You’ve been compared to the likes of Blood Red Shoes and The Joy Formidable, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Mm… I actually don’t listen to that much music from our own genre, I do have two Blood Red Shoes albums though and love their song ‘Don’t Ask’. I like The Band, Vampire Weekend, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, lots of songwriter music. Budi and I both like Led Zeppelin, Cream, some Jazz….
How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
We are based in London and really cannot complain about the music scene here. I wish I had more time to see more live shows though.
And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Well, it will be emotional but fun, I’d say.
As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
Marine, Spy from Moscow, Frauds….
And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
Yes, but also we can release music to our liking and make our own way through the musical jungle without relying on anyone’s approval.
Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Leisure Tank?
A video release, more shows in UK, Germany and Czech Republic, and hopefully more writing and recording.
Huge thanks to Leisure Tank for answering our questions!
‘Higher’, the new single from Leisure Tank, is out now. And catch Leisure Tank live at the following dates:
29th March – Little Buildings – Newcastle Upon Tyne
30th March – Sticky Fingers – Middlesbrough