Champagne Leader

Champagne Leader

BandAlternativeRock

Indie alternative rock with a classic influence. Similar to St. Vincent, The Killers, Queen, Weezer, ELO, Wilco, Coldplay, Wings. Rich harmonies, driving synth and piano, drums, bass, acous. gtr, elec. gtr. Dancable and very catchy. Smooth vocals. Singable, unique lyrics. Fun and upbeat live.

Biography

Grown from the suburbs surrounding Los Angeles. Azusa, the place where Eddie Van Halen bought his guitars and Whittier, Eazy-E's gravesite. So a hometown is a hometown and there's not much to tell from the 'burbs. Don't underestimate this 4-piece's upbringing. With sounds similar but not restricted to St. Vincent, Wilco, Pavement, The Killers, Weezer, Midlake, and The Walkmen, this Southern California band shows great promise for new music. The band's passion is making harmony-heavy anthems that you can dance to, usually ending in a building hook that you can't seem to get out of your brain. But don't think that every song is the same. You will move and sway at different speeds to words that don't speak of usual love and woes. Lyrical themes consist of defying age, not regretting mistakes and self-loathing. With an EP on the way and a tour on their belt the band is helmed by singer/songwriter Vincent Munoz on piano, synth, acoustic guitar and lead vocals but really the band is a solid unit. Along with Daniel Morales on drums, Kasey Sullivan playing bass, and Shea Branham on electric guitar, this is the kind of band where you'll want to watch and hear what every member is doing live. Although Champagne Leader dons a modern and exceedingly fresh sound, their true fervor lies in the past.

"The sounds of the 60s and 70s are what brings us together." says Munoz recalling the band's mutual affinity for classic icons such as Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, The Zombies, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, Wings and many more. These are lifelong influences for all the members. The band's creations are indeed mint; influenced by the greats yet showing no wear whatsoever. "When I'm writing I can really connect with piano, acoustic guitar, synth, strings. I need a strong moving bass line and drums that aren't boring though, or the energy decreases and the song becomes bland to me. And of course electric guitar that punches your face in!" That's where Shea Brahnam comes in, lead guitarist and the most recent addition to a band that almost didn't happen.

Since high school Munoz had been playing with drummer Morales. After years of searching , they found the right sound and the right players. Slowly work and school got the better of some of the members. The name Champagne Leader was born thanks to Morales but the band found themselves two members short once again. After an arduous search the talented Kasey Sullivan was added to the group. Sullivan had always played bass but Champagne Leader is his first band. So finally the group had a name and everything was perfect besides the fact of having no lead guitarist in sight. Brahnam, the always-positive and highly skilled guitarist had just lost a band he was in days before Munoz contacted him and he was enthusiastic about trying something new. He joined and the line-up was solidified.

In early 2012 Champagne Leader began performing locally. After a few short months, with a slew of youtube videos, a handful of recordings and a slot at the Make Music Pasadena Festival the band was happy, but they tired of the suburbs. So they went on tour. In a Dodge Caravan with instruments, clothes and a suitcase full of home recordings the band toured five states on the West Coast. Four of which none of the band members had been to. August Southern California heat followed them to Sacramento, Portland, Seattle (a stop filled with numerous shows including the famous Crocodile), Boise, Salt Lake and multiple stops along the way for a two week tour. "Here Comes The Dumptruck" a local Boise blog would describe them as "damn good fun" but they also listed the band's harmonies as "tart" which could mean a number of things.

Now the band is home and ready to release an EP starting with 3 single tracks and a live recording. The rest is on its way. "Middle Fight" sings of the absence of choosing an opinion in a world filled with open-ended conviction. The romping "Blackout Kid" explores ideals, childhood regrets, friendship and death. "Soul Less You" speaks about making wrong decisions and knowing you are but doing so anyway. A live recording of "Shores" sans video is a perfect example of the energy and skill Champagne Leader brings to a performance. These recordings are merely a taste of more to come from Champagne Leader, a band that did, does, and will happen.

Lyrics

Middle Fight

Written By: Vincent Munoz

I could never get it, I'm through with it
I won't be giving my life to it
I won't be changing, you can't fix me
Because I'm not broken, I'm in between

I never seem to get it right
I must be wrong I'm through with sides
I can't turn to left or right
I'm somewhere in the middle fight

Oh you're gonna say
You're all mixed up dear, I'm on my way
And if you'd love to, oh you're gonna breathe
Oh you'd want to, it's what you need

I never seem to get it right
I must be wrong I'm through with sides
I can't turn to left or right
I'm somewhere in the middle fight

You break me down, you drag me 'round
Oh you pulled apart my grin
I was much older then

I could never get it, I'm through with it
I won't be giving my life to it
I won't be changing, you can't fix me
Because I'm not broken, I'm in between

I never seem to get it right
I must be wrong I'm through with sides
I can't turn to left or right
I'm somewhere in the middle fight

Shores

Written By: Vincent Munoz

I know it's all because of what I've said and done
Well I was bold and bright and strong
I had the world around me
I lived as if tomorrow's dawn would never come
Well I'm stricken, bedridden
I can't forget it and I've never been more wrong

To yours, to yours and yours alone
Hold down these walls of brick and stone
Old war has knocked me off my throne
What's wrong, you're lost upon these shores

I can't forget the love I had when I was young
She was golden like the sun
When she'd cry out I'd be there
It was the closest that we'd ever been as one
I get it, I'm not fit for it
I spit it out and I'll soon be gone

To yours, to yours and yours alone
Hold down these walls of brick and stone
Old war has knocked me off my throne
What's wrong, you're lost upon these shores

It's all that have to give
You're all I have to give
You try to, you find truth
You're lost on these shores

To yours, to yours and yours alone
Hold down these walls of brick and stone
Old war has knocked me off my throne
What's wrong, you're lost upon these shores

Come one come all
You're lost on these shores

Blackout Kid

Written By: Vincent Munoz

I can't wait, I'm on this train
Greener land is just in view
The world has changed, I've stayed the same
I can't get out of what I'm used to
And all these little things, they're taking life from me
I know you want it baby but you know we can't be free
And all this time I thought I had it figured out

You and I and all the guys and girls we try to keep inside our world are gone
We all left home and flew

Blackout kid, I'm sorry for what I did
The grownups are all much too tired and weak to run with you
We lost the stellar queens, forgot the time machine
Everything goes quicker than we ever could believe
Another day's a second lost inside this ninja watch of mine

You and I and all the guys and girls we try to keep inside our world are gone
We all left home and flew
Let's all stay and just waste away
We'll watch this night turn into day
And all the while I'll be here next to you

In the ground, your tears all around
The pine smells good and so do you, so do you

You and I and all the guys and girls we try to keep inside our world are gone
We all left home and flew
Let's all stay and just waste away
We'll watch this night turn into day
And all the while I'll be here next to you
You and I and all the guys and girls we try to keep inside our world are gone
We all left home and flew

Discography

Blackout Kid
Middle Fight
Soul Less You
Shores (Live)

Set List

Shores
Middle Fight
Blackout Kid
In Stratford
Tell Time
Soul Less You
Q.
Handle With Care (Cover)