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The best kept secret in music


"Not Lame"

2006 release from Chicago`s Leave, whose Don`t Go was a favorite for fans of rootsy-styled power pop. I`d Rather Not Say delivers on the promise of Don`t Go and catapults them upwards with a stronger set of songs, higher production values and a keener sense of tight harmonies and driving rhythms. Fans of Gin Blossoms, Marah, Van Go and Minibar will want to check this one out for sure. Insistent jangle hooks, airy choruses and large doses of great thumping rhythm guitars ascend/decend all wrapped inside of memorable songs. Delivered with class and vibrancy, their sense of melody is augmented by sweetly buzzing guitar jangle and intertwined harmonies. Filled with poignant lyrics, wistful harmonies and a earthy attitude, I`d Rather Not Say deftly balances shimmering lighter moments with sharp-edged roots-pop rockers. Very Highly Recommended. - www.notlame.com

"Chicago Sun-Times"

"Eleven space-age melodies," the four boys in Leave proclaim on the cover of their debut album, "Don't Go." In fact, there's nothing futuristic about their tight harmonies, driving rhythms and thoroughly satisfying power-pop, but as the aforementioned power-pop scene proves, catchy tunes never go out of style. - Jim DeRogatis - Chicago Sun-Times


Leave - 3 song EP - 2001
Don't Go - 11 song LP - 2003
I'd Rather Not Say - 11 song LP - 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Formed in 2001, Leave has been playing clubs in Chicago and beyond and has been gaining attention across the midwest with their catchy songs and strong harmonies. Chicago radio is catching on, as evidenced by the band's airplay on 93.1 FM WXRT's Local Anesthetic, on 94.7 FM WZZN's Local Zone and on 101.1 FM WKQX's Local Music Showcase. Even High School and College radio stations have taken notice.
One of the band's outstanding attributes is the consistent output of quality songs. With Leave, it isn't a case of one or two good tunes and a batch of throwaways, or songs that emulate the flavor of the week; it's simply a great band with well-crafted, refreshing melodies. Each song is approached with the same intensity and individual attention.

Leave live With the release of their debut album Don't Go in early 2003, the band began to gain even greater notoriety both in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Reviews of the CD were nothing but positive and sales were strong both online and in stores throughout Chicagoland.

In late 2005, Leave released their long-awaited second album I'd Rather Not Say. In the two-and-a-half years between their two releases, the members of the band have grown not just as musicians, but also as friends. The endless hours on the road and in the studio have turned Leave into a battle-tested rock 'n' roll combo.

There's a depth to their repertoire, assisted by a constant flow of new ideas. That's hard to find these days. With a fresh sound and a fresh approach to songwriting, Leave may be just what today's music lacks.