Leading Zeroes

“It’s music made with passion, energy and intensity” So say Leading Zeroes, the Newcastle-based four-piece who describe their sound as a heavy, riffy blend of alt-rock and post-hardcore, drawing influences from acts like Biffy Clyro and Funeral For A Friend. Formed in 2016 and having regularly played live around the North-East throughout 2017, the current focus is their debut single This World Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us, released digitally on 16/02/2018. “I think we’ve got a really dynamic live show. Things get pretty intense” That intensity makes itself present during every Leading Zeroes gig, where fans around the North-East have witnessed a set full of twists and turns from moody introspection to hectic fury. A live session at Newcastle's Nemix studios captured the band live at full force and is available on YouTube. Their early live run quickly drew offers of higher profile gigs around the region; 2017 saw the band play over a dozen shows including prestigious venues like Newcastle's O2 Academy 2, The Cluny and Trillians, sharing the stage with acts including fellow North-East alt-rockers Plastic Thieves and A New Nowhere, and Glasgow’s Megalomatic. They also featured in Oxjam’s Gateshead Takeover, part of the charity’s annual urban weekend festival. Reviewers and fans alike have praised the “high energy”, “hardcore and riff heavy” live show, drawing comparisons to Enter Shikari and At The Drive-In, among others. “Recording is a different beast,” say the band, about their debut offering. “Having a good live show is important and we have fun, but the more lasting take on our music is always going to be the recorded output. A good single should be a sit-up-and-take-notice sort of moment” Their debut offering looks set to be just that; This World… is a six-minute sprint through the alt-rock spectrum that showcases multiple elements of their sound. “We get that it’s not exactly the traditional single. But we believe, first and foremost, that it’s a great song. And it’s also the best example we can point to and say ‘this…this is what we’re all about as a band.’ We almost always end our live shows with it, it’s nice to go out with a big explosion of energy.” Leading Zeroes first came about through a mutual love of alternative music. When guitarist/songwriter Graham Mclauchlin met drummer Johnnie Walker, one of their first conversations was about alt-rock titans-in-waiting Arcane Roots. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” says Mclauchlin, “Having all these heavy alternative influences,” (the band also draw from a diverse list of punk, metal and prog bands), “I really wanted to do something in that ballpark but it needed the right people.” The earliest rehearsals between the two showed great promise, and before long bassist Philip Tsatsas and singer Craig Hewitt were on board. “It’s not necessarily going to be the most straightforward route for us. The music’s weird and moody and kind of niche with all these heavy parts and unexpected changes to it. And we’re not exactly young to be starting out...” on starting out the band covered an age range of 28-36, “...so the deck might be stacked against us a little bit. But I’ve been making music for a long time and I’ve never felt so excited about it as what we’re doing now. The vibe when the four of us play together is so full of energy and enthusiasm, I really think it’s something special.” This World Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us is out on 16/02/2018, made available at all major online music platforms via distrokid.com. Keep up with Leading Zeroes on facebook, twitter (@leading_zeroes) and YouTube. For bookings/press/enquiries, email leadingzeroesmusic@gmail.com

Sierra Tango live at Nemix studios