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North Andover, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE

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"Local band to play in annual Washington, D.C. festival"

Music that gained popularity in downtown Haverhill will be featured in one of the biggest festivals on the East Coast.

Haverhill's own Leaders Led will participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which begins Friday.

The 15-day annual festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, and the festival celebrates their annual bloom. During the three weekends of the festival, more than a million visitors are expected to participate in the festivities, which happen along the mall near the Washington Monument.

Leaders Led is scheduled to play on April 1.

"Playing at this festival will make millions of people from across the world aware of our band and our music," said Leaders Led drummer Jason Trulli. "The exposure is amazing."

Promoting their upcoming album, "Armchair Patriot," the band plans a 25-show, 24-city tour for the spring and summer.

"Performing in Leaders Led is something I do because I love doing it," said band member Guy Bardascino. "We are always striving to bring the band to the next level and would gladly welcome any success and recognition that may come our way."

Leaders Led is a rock band that combines sounds from classic rock, blues, funk and reggae. The band got its start by performing at Haverhill's Chit Chat lounge in 2009 before winning the 2010 NCN Rompetition, a Boston-based battle of the bands.

"Every time they play locally, they draw a huge crowd," said Alex Bromberg, the band's manager. "Music fans in the Haverhill area, as well as the local venues and bars, have been incredibly supportive from the beginning."

The band features Guy Bardascino on lead vocals and guitar, Alex Bardascino on lead guitar, Tyler Mortenson on bass and keys, and Trulli on drums. The band performed at Boston's Limelight Stage and Sound on St. Patrick's Day, and will play as a guest band at the 2011 NCN Rompetition on March 26. - The Haverhill Gazette


"Local band to play in annual Washington, D.C. festival"

Music that gained popularity in downtown Haverhill will be featured in one of the biggest festivals on the East Coast.

Haverhill's own Leaders Led will participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which begins Friday.

The 15-day annual festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, and the festival celebrates their annual bloom. During the three weekends of the festival, more than a million visitors are expected to participate in the festivities, which happen along the mall near the Washington Monument.

Leaders Led is scheduled to play on April 1.

"Playing at this festival will make millions of people from across the world aware of our band and our music," said Leaders Led drummer Jason Trulli. "The exposure is amazing."

Promoting their upcoming album, "Armchair Patriot," the band plans a 25-show, 24-city tour for the spring and summer.

"Performing in Leaders Led is something I do because I love doing it," said band member Guy Bardascino. "We are always striving to bring the band to the next level and would gladly welcome any success and recognition that may come our way."

Leaders Led is a rock band that combines sounds from classic rock, blues, funk and reggae. The band got its start by performing at Haverhill's Chit Chat lounge in 2009 before winning the 2010 NCN Rompetition, a Boston-based battle of the bands.

"Every time they play locally, they draw a huge crowd," said Alex Bromberg, the band's manager. "Music fans in the Haverhill area, as well as the local venues and bars, have been incredibly supportive from the beginning."

The band features Guy Bardascino on lead vocals and guitar, Alex Bardascino on lead guitar, Tyler Mortenson on bass and keys, and Trulli on drums. The band performed at Boston's Limelight Stage and Sound on St. Patrick's Day, and will play as a guest band at the 2011 NCN Rompetition on March 26. - The Haverhill Gazette


"Local band to play in annual Washington, D.C., festival"

Music that gained popularity in downtown Haverhill will be featured in one of the biggest festivals on the East Coast.

Haverhill's own Leaders Led will participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which begins Friday.

The 15-day annual festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, and the festival celebrates their annual bloom. During the three weekends of the festival, more than a million visitors are expected to participate in the festivities, which happen along the mall near the Washington Monument.

Leaders Led is scheduled to play on April 1.

"Playing at this festival will make millions of people from across the world aware of our band and our music," said Leaders Led drummer Jason Trulli. "The exposure is amazing."

Promoting their upcoming album, "Armchair Patriot," the band plans a 25-show, 24-city tour for the spring and summer.

"Performing in Leaders Led is something I do because I love doing it," said band member Guy Bardascino. "We are always striving to bring the band to the next level and would gladly welcome any success and recognition that may come our way."

Leaders Led is a rock band that combines sounds from classic rock, blues, funk and reggae. The band got its start by performing at Haverhill's Chit Chat lounge in 2009 before winning the 2010 NCN Rompetition, a Boston-based battle of the bands.

"Every time they play locally, they draw a huge crowd," said Alex Bromberg, the band's manager. "Music fans in the Haverhill area, as well as the local venues and bars, have been incredibly supportive from the beginning."

The band features Guy Bardascino on lead vocals and guitar, Alex Bardascino on lead guitar, Tyler Mortenson on bass and keys, and Trulli on drums. The band performed at Boston's Limelight Stage and Sound on St. Patrick's Day, and will play as a guest band at the 2011 NCN Rompetition on March 26
- The Haverhill Gazette


"Local band to play in annual Washington, D.C., festival"

Music that gained popularity in downtown Haverhill will be featured in one of the biggest festivals on the East Coast.

Haverhill's own Leaders Led will participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which begins Friday.

The 15-day annual festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, and the festival celebrates their annual bloom. During the three weekends of the festival, more than a million visitors are expected to participate in the festivities, which happen along the mall near the Washington Monument.

Leaders Led is scheduled to play on April 1.

"Playing at this festival will make millions of people from across the world aware of our band and our music," said Leaders Led drummer Jason Trulli. "The exposure is amazing."

Promoting their upcoming album, "Armchair Patriot," the band plans a 25-show, 24-city tour for the spring and summer.

"Performing in Leaders Led is something I do because I love doing it," said band member Guy Bardascino. "We are always striving to bring the band to the next level and would gladly welcome any success and recognition that may come our way."

Leaders Led is a rock band that combines sounds from classic rock, blues, funk and reggae. The band got its start by performing at Haverhill's Chit Chat lounge in 2009 before winning the 2010 NCN Rompetition, a Boston-based battle of the bands.

"Every time they play locally, they draw a huge crowd," said Alex Bromberg, the band's manager. "Music fans in the Haverhill area, as well as the local venues and bars, have been incredibly supportive from the beginning."

The band features Guy Bardascino on lead vocals and guitar, Alex Bardascino on lead guitar, Tyler Mortenson on bass and keys, and Trulli on drums. The band performed at Boston's Limelight Stage and Sound on St. Patrick's Day, and will play as a guest band at the 2011 NCN Rompetition on March 26
- The Haverhill Gazette


"Leaders Led"

Pepper Rabbit isn't the only homegrown band making a national splash. Leaders Led, which cut its teeth performing at downtown Haverhill clubs like The Chit Chat Lounge, appeared at this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., and is about to release its first record.

"I grew up going to shows at The Chit Chat," says lead singer and North Andover resident Guy Bardascino, who describes the band's sound as "rock fusion," combining everything from jazz to classical to blues.

Last year, Leaders Led won the NCN Rompetition, a music competition which included more than 50 independent musical acts from around Boston. And now, the band is gearing up for a series of shows at venues across the east coast, according the Hard Rock Café© in Boston, Bardascino says, to promote their debut album "Armchair Patriot," which is due out later this spring.

And although they continue to advance through the ranks of local bands, Bardascino says it's the people who come out to listen to them live who are the key to their success.

"That's kind of the most important thing," he says. "To develop a core group of fans."
- The Eagle Tribune


"Leaders Led"

Pepper Rabbit isn't the only homegrown band making a national splash. Leaders Led, which cut its teeth performing at downtown Haverhill clubs like The Chit Chat Lounge, appeared at this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., and is about to release its first record.

"I grew up going to shows at The Chit Chat," says lead singer and North Andover resident Guy Bardascino, who describes the band's sound as "rock fusion," combining everything from jazz to classical to blues.

Last year, Leaders Led won the NCN Rompetition, a music competition which included more than 50 independent musical acts from around Boston. And now, the band is gearing up for a series of shows at venues across the east coast, according the Hard Rock Café© in Boston, Bardascino says, to promote their debut album "Armchair Patriot," which is due out later this spring.

And although they continue to advance through the ranks of local bands, Bardascino says it's the people who come out to listen to them live who are the key to their success.

"That's kind of the most important thing," he says. "To develop a core group of fans."
- The Eagle Tribune


"Popular Local Band Headlines Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Fund"

10/15/09
Haverhill Gazette
Written By: Joni Quinn

Most who try to make it big in the music industry know exactly where they want to wind up - posters with your face on them, sold out venues with thousands of people screaming your name, a chart-topping album, and a world tour.

The question is where do you start? One local band has found Haverhill to be a great city to do just that.

Leaders Led, a local rock band from [North]Andover with a modern yet classic rock sound with reggae, blues, and jazz undertones, broke onto the local music scene last March as the opening act at the Chit Chat Lounge in downtown Haverhill.

Now, just over six months later, they are bringing venues to capacity when they headline shows. With it's quickly gained local notoriety and success, Leaders Led is now making the move to bigger venues in the Boston area.

"Haverhill has provided us with great exposure. It's a great city for local bands that are trying to make a name for themselves. The venues are great and, most importantly, the Haverhill audience is full of people who are truly interested in the music," said Guy Bardascino, the lead singer of Leaders Led.

More than most cities in the Merrimack Valley area, Haverhill seems to appreciate their expanding music scene, said Alex Bromberg of Haverhill, manager of Leaders Led.

"With programs like Haverhill Rocks, the increase in local record labels and recording studios, and live-music oriented venues, Haverhill is quickly becoming a haven for performers and musicians who want to make a name for themselves," Bromberg said.

Mayor James Fiorentini agrees.
"Haverhill has an active and growing arts and music scene, with many clubs, bars and restaurants that serve as small venues for up-and-coming performers, many in our historic downtown area," Fiorentini said.

...

Though many of Leaders Led's upcoming shows are in and around Boston, they will perform at J.P. McBride's Oktoberfest celecration on Saturday, October 17...
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To read the full article in it's original format, please go to:

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=471846163&albumID=1021138&imageID=10823115 - Haverhill Gazette


"Popular Local Band Headlines Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Fund"

10/15/09
Haverhill Gazette
Written By: Joni Quinn

Most who try to make it big in the music industry know exactly where they want to wind up - posters with your face on them, sold out venues with thousands of people screaming your name, a chart-topping album, and a world tour.

The question is where do you start? One local band has found Haverhill to be a great city to do just that.

Leaders Led, a local rock band from [North]Andover with a modern yet classic rock sound with reggae, blues, and jazz undertones, broke onto the local music scene last March as the opening act at the Chit Chat Lounge in downtown Haverhill.

Now, just over six months later, they are bringing venues to capacity when they headline shows. With it's quickly gained local notoriety and success, Leaders Led is now making the move to bigger venues in the Boston area.

"Haverhill has provided us with great exposure. It's a great city for local bands that are trying to make a name for themselves. The venues are great and, most importantly, the Haverhill audience is full of people who are truly interested in the music," said Guy Bardascino, the lead singer of Leaders Led.

More than most cities in the Merrimack Valley area, Haverhill seems to appreciate their expanding music scene, said Alex Bromberg of Haverhill, manager of Leaders Led.

"With programs like Haverhill Rocks, the increase in local record labels and recording studios, and live-music oriented venues, Haverhill is quickly becoming a haven for performers and musicians who want to make a name for themselves," Bromberg said.

Mayor James Fiorentini agrees.
"Haverhill has an active and growing arts and music scene, with many clubs, bars and restaurants that serve as small venues for up-and-coming performers, many in our historic downtown area," Fiorentini said.

...

Though many of Leaders Led's upcoming shows are in and around Boston, they will perform at J.P. McBride's Oktoberfest celecration on Saturday, October 17...
________________________________

To read the full article in it's original format, please go to:

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=471846163&albumID=1021138&imageID=10823115 - Haverhill Gazette


"Getting to Know: Leaders Led"

Getting to Know: Leaders Led

Every week we let a local band tell us about themselves. Today, we get to know Leaders Led. You can catch them perform at Hennessy's Hooley House on October 22 as part of BMS' Thursday Night Spotlight.

Band Name: Leaders Led

Members:
Guy Bardascino: Vocals, guitar
Alex Bardascino: Lead Guitar
Tyler Mortenson: Bass
Justin Trulli: Drums

Releases
Demo to be released in November 2009

Website:
www.leadersled.com


How did you form?

Justin and I first jammed out a bit back in '03/'04, but we didn't really pursue anything back then. Alex and I are brothers. He picked up the guitar, and he's a damn virtuoso. So we started jamming in our basement, putting my songs down, and Alex began writing some riffs. Originally our brother Keith rocked the bass. We disbanded in '06, and just regrouped in early '09 as Leaders Led. Keith decided not to continue for personal reasons, so we picked up our long-time friend Tyler on the bass, and that takes us to present.

Who are some of your influences?

We all listen to a very diverse range of music -classical, jazz, rock, blues, hip hop, reggae- so I guess we're really influenced by quite a bit. It's hard to name names... anything from The Beatles, to Oscar Peterson, to The Roots.


Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if...

... they like good, catchy, original music -music that you'll want to dance to but you'll also want to really listen to. If you like that, you'll dig our tunes, for sure.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

I think the first time we filled a club to capacity with our fans was pretty memorable. We put on a show at this club (it was our first time headlining), we promoted it locally as best we could, and hoped for the best. When the night of the show came around we had fans waiting there for us, we had fans coming in while the opening bands were rocking out. By the time we went on, the club was turning people away at the door because the damn place was over capacity. It was the most heads that had ever been in the joint. That felt pretty awesome. It was very humbling, and at the same time amazingly encouraging.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

Usually one of two things happens: Either I'll write a song pretty much in it's entirety and take it to the band, teach them the ABC's of it, and then they'll elaborate on their respective parts. Or, Alex will come up with a riff, take it to me and I'll throw down lyrics and a vocal line and do some arranging, then we'll take it to the band. However, lately we've been integrating the process a lot more too. We've been just jamming as a band and taking good ideas from our sessions and elaborating on them. What really inspires me is musicians and composers who aren't afraid to just be who they truly are, and that's something we always strive for. We'll never scrap an idea because it's "not our style", every great idea has its place somewhere eventually. We're always interested in trying something new.

Who is the best musician in your band?

We're just a bunch of pretty faces our bosses at the corporate headquarters use like puppets. We show up on stage and pretend to play instruments to a pre-recorded track. No, we each have different strengths and something unique to offer... Why don't you tell me.

What is your favorite local venue?

There are so many good ones in Boston like Hennessy's, the Cask, Harper's Ferry, House of Blues (haven't been booked there... Yet!). As far as some of the lesser known clubs goes, J.P. McBrides in Haverhill is a cool place to play some live music. You're pretty much guaranteed an awesome audience if you can bring in some fans of your own too.

What separates you from other local bands?

I don't know, there are so many fantastic local acts. We're ourselves. There is no band out there that does what Leaders Led does. Music is what we love and it's what we know. I don't know if that separates us, but it's the truth.

What do you have coming up that people should know about?

We're releasing a three song e.p. in November. It's coming out really, really great. We're going to have a kick-ass record release party when it's finished, so check out www.LeadersLed.com and our Facebook page for info on that. It's a guaranteed good time. Other than that, with the help of Boston Music Spotlight, we have a lot of sweet upcoming shows. We're playing at Hennessy's Hooley House on October 22nd, we're playing The Cask 'n Flagon on November 13th and then Hennessy's again on December 17th. Those events and others are posted on our website as well as Facebook and MySpace. We are shooting to put out a full-length within the year also, so we'll definitely keep you posted.

Convince our readers to see your next show.

Leaders Led concerts are always a blast for everyone there. We rock out every single show like it was our last, and we love our fans and our audiences. If you wanna ge - Boston Music Spotlight


"Getting to Know: Leaders Led"

Getting to Know: Leaders Led

Every week we let a local band tell us about themselves. Today, we get to know Leaders Led. You can catch them perform at Hennessy's Hooley House on October 22 as part of BMS' Thursday Night Spotlight.

Band Name: Leaders Led

Members:
Guy Bardascino: Vocals, guitar
Alex Bardascino: Lead Guitar
Tyler Mortenson: Bass
Justin Trulli: Drums

Releases
Demo to be released in November 2009

Website:
www.leadersled.com


How did you form?

Justin and I first jammed out a bit back in '03/'04, but we didn't really pursue anything back then. Alex and I are brothers. He picked up the guitar, and he's a damn virtuoso. So we started jamming in our basement, putting my songs down, and Alex began writing some riffs. Originally our brother Keith rocked the bass. We disbanded in '06, and just regrouped in early '09 as Leaders Led. Keith decided not to continue for personal reasons, so we picked up our long-time friend Tyler on the bass, and that takes us to present.

Who are some of your influences?

We all listen to a very diverse range of music -classical, jazz, rock, blues, hip hop, reggae- so I guess we're really influenced by quite a bit. It's hard to name names... anything from The Beatles, to Oscar Peterson, to The Roots.


Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if...

... they like good, catchy, original music -music that you'll want to dance to but you'll also want to really listen to. If you like that, you'll dig our tunes, for sure.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

I think the first time we filled a club to capacity with our fans was pretty memorable. We put on a show at this club (it was our first time headlining), we promoted it locally as best we could, and hoped for the best. When the night of the show came around we had fans waiting there for us, we had fans coming in while the opening bands were rocking out. By the time we went on, the club was turning people away at the door because the damn place was over capacity. It was the most heads that had ever been in the joint. That felt pretty awesome. It was very humbling, and at the same time amazingly encouraging.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

Usually one of two things happens: Either I'll write a song pretty much in it's entirety and take it to the band, teach them the ABC's of it, and then they'll elaborate on their respective parts. Or, Alex will come up with a riff, take it to me and I'll throw down lyrics and a vocal line and do some arranging, then we'll take it to the band. However, lately we've been integrating the process a lot more too. We've been just jamming as a band and taking good ideas from our sessions and elaborating on them. What really inspires me is musicians and composers who aren't afraid to just be who they truly are, and that's something we always strive for. We'll never scrap an idea because it's "not our style", every great idea has its place somewhere eventually. We're always interested in trying something new.

Who is the best musician in your band?

We're just a bunch of pretty faces our bosses at the corporate headquarters use like puppets. We show up on stage and pretend to play instruments to a pre-recorded track. No, we each have different strengths and something unique to offer... Why don't you tell me.

What is your favorite local venue?

There are so many good ones in Boston like Hennessy's, the Cask, Harper's Ferry, House of Blues (haven't been booked there... Yet!). As far as some of the lesser known clubs goes, J.P. McBrides in Haverhill is a cool place to play some live music. You're pretty much guaranteed an awesome audience if you can bring in some fans of your own too.

What separates you from other local bands?

I don't know, there are so many fantastic local acts. We're ourselves. There is no band out there that does what Leaders Led does. Music is what we love and it's what we know. I don't know if that separates us, but it's the truth.

What do you have coming up that people should know about?

We're releasing a three song e.p. in November. It's coming out really, really great. We're going to have a kick-ass record release party when it's finished, so check out www.LeadersLed.com and our Facebook page for info on that. It's a guaranteed good time. Other than that, with the help of Boston Music Spotlight, we have a lot of sweet upcoming shows. We're playing at Hennessy's Hooley House on October 22nd, we're playing The Cask 'n Flagon on November 13th and then Hennessy's again on December 17th. Those events and others are posted on our website as well as Facebook and MySpace. We are shooting to put out a full-length within the year also, so we'll definitely keep you posted.

Convince our readers to see your next show.

Leaders Led concerts are always a blast for everyone there. We rock out every single show like it was our last, and we love our fans and our audiences. If you wanna ge - Boston Music Spotlight


Discography

Demo (November 2009)
Armchair Patriot (September 2011)
TBA (Due out by the end of 2013)

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Bio

Leaders Led formed in 2009 out of the remnants of the music project "Out of the Blue". Brothers Guy Jerry and Alex Bardascino used past material they had written (Guy in California, Alex in Boston) to lay the groundwork for a new band. Drummer, and long time friend, Justin Trulli joined the group on drums along with Tyler Mortenson on bass.

In 2010 Leaders Led won the NCN Rompetition, a music competition which included over 50 of Bostons best bands. The win made possible the recording of their debut album, "Armchair Patriot". While in the studio working on the album, the band took a trip down to Washington D.C. to perform as a headliner in the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

In late 2011, Tyler Mortenson and Leaders Led parted ways and Alan LaFranchi was added to the lineup to play bass. This final lineup was the perfect recipe for the sound and energy the band had been looking for. They began traveling the east coast playing throughout New England at venues in NH, VT, ME, MA, and NY.

Leaders Led regularly performs at festivals across the Northeast including the MASSCANN/NORML Boston Freedom Rally (a major marijuana reform festival that draws nearly 100,000 attendees annually), the Bella Terra Festival, etc.

The current lineup and positive momentum have energized Leaders Led as they strive to elevate their music to the next level and, with numerous exciting events on the horizon, they look forward with anticipation at what their future holds..

For more information on Leaders Led, including media samples and show/release dates, please visit www.leadersled.com or contact their manager, Alex Bromberg, at booking@seismicnortheast.info