Dan and Leland
Dan and Leland are an eclectic-rock band who blend ferocious guitar playing with pop sensibility and top-shelf songwriting to create a sound that is both distinct and immediately endearing. Hard-hitting rock 'n' roll and smart pop combine with their acoustic roots to create truly innovative music.Share
Dan and Leland's ferocious guitar playing, razor-sharp harmonies and sublimely crafted songs have been leaving listeners slack-jawed and eager for more for the past five years. Anchored by aggressively catchy hooks and intelli-pop ear-candy production, the Los Angeles based eclectic-rock duo has been gaining momentum since the release of their acclaimed 2006 acoustic debut album, New Directions. Their second album, The Rush of Sights and Sounds (2007), marks D&L's departure into the realm of shimmering electric guitars and pile-driving drums (courtesy of Nate Morton- CBS's Rockstar, Vanessa Carlton, BT). Described as an "...extremely entertaining album, a feast for the senses full of pleasant surprises....", The Rush of Sights and Sounds establishes Dan and Leland as "...Top 40 hitmakers from a parallel universe...." (The Daily Vault). Driven to be prolific and unable to box their music into a single, limiting genre, D&L's live album, If The Moon Was Full, which features upright bass and percussion alongside their dueling acoustic guitars, debuted in the top 75 iTunes folk albums last September. They are currently finishing their next highly anticipated studio album, which can be expected in 2010. Also in 2010, the band welcomed bassist Clayton Boek and drummer Matt Steele as permanent members to round-out the full four-piece experience. With numerous self-promoted tours under their belts, this wholly independent act has been sharing their music with an increasingly wide and receptive audience all over the country. Performing as an acoustic duo, an acoustic band, or the full electric rock band, D&L consistently deliver ground-breaking pop-rock smashes with "saintly harmonies and reflective lyrics" (Music Connection) that will stay with you long after they have left your ears in ecstasy.
Dan and Leland's debut album, "New Directions", was released in September of 2006. Their electric album, "The Rush of Sights and Sounds", was released in December, 2007. Both are available for purchase at www.danandleland.com, iTunes and eMusic. Their live album, "If The Moon Was Full", featuring upright bass and percussion alongside their dueling guitars, was released as an iTunes exclusive in September. It debuted in the top 75 iTunes folk albums.
Dan and Leland perform as a four piece band featuring Dan on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, Leland on the same, with Clayton on bass and Matt on drums. They also perform as an acoustic duo (two guitars and vocals) or as an acoustic band (with bass, percussion, and/or drums). Their typical show is between 45 minutes to 2 hrs. long and consists of all original material.