Leland Sundries
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Leland Sundries

Memphis, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Memphis, TN | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock Americana


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"Paste track premiere"

Brooklyn-based Leland Sundries is a five-piece led by singer-songwriter Nick Loss-Brooklyn-based Leland Sundries is a five-piece led by singer-songwriter Nick Loss-Eaton. The band is releasing their second single “Studebaker” off of their upcoming full-length, Music For Outcasts, to be released in early 2016.Eaton. The band is releasing their second single “Studebaker” off of their upcoming full-length, Music For Outcasts, to be released in early 2016... -

"Impose track premiere"

Meet Leland Sundries, as they premiere their bus trip from hell & back again with “Grehyound From Reno”. The Brooklyn bunch of Nick Loss-Eaton, Matthew Sklar, Ivan DeYoung-Dominguez, Gregg Tallent, & Curtis Brewer deliver a rocking listen from their album Music For Outcasts available this spring. The band together brings about the feeling of being stuck on the longest, and weirdest Greyhound rides to parts unknown where creatures unknown and more await and lurk.... - Impose

"NY Times live pick"

Taylor Hollingsworth / Leland Sundries (Saturday) This double bill of scrappy Americana will get you longing for empty two-lane highways and kudzu-encased back porches. Mr. Hollingsworth, from Alabama, has played with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes; they share a penchant for craggy, plaintive vocals. Leland Sundries, a band from New York led by Nick Loss-Eaton, is dedicated to storytelling in a way that recalls Woody Guthrie and his Folkways brethren. At 10 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 638-4400, unionhallny.com; $7. (Petrusich) - NY Times

"Daytrotter session"

The ships in Leland Sundries songs all have holes in the hull and moths have chewed into the sails, but those hearty and worn out men are still out there on the waters, bouncing over the waves with their fuzzy and fuzzier thoughts. The women in these songs are all conniving and full of deceit, ready to spring without warning. They are mostly good-for-nothing though still desirable and given the power to remain ruinous, even when all instincts recommend that they be avoided at all costs. The houses that these rugged rapscallions live in are infested with dreariness and asbestos. They should get out of them, but they've got nowhere else to go and as luck would probably have it, they'd bring the dreariness and asbestos with them to wherever they chose to lay their head next. The shoes are leaky and the socks are ratty and thin. They smell like cigarettes in a way that makes you think that they never stop. They've got hair that's falling out on top and growing wild on their faces, wiry and clumped thicker in certain places instead of others.

These are songs for the working class of today, but framed in a way that makes them sound like songs for the working class from the turn of the century, when hope was rationed out stingily. It's when the sugar and the bread was short, but here still are the value meals that can be had, like the roast beef special that lead singer Nick Loss-Eaton sings about on this session.

These tattered men are unsatisfied and they forget that they're "a-shiverin," forced into a survival mode that takes up all their strength, that's needed just to get them over to the fire bins to warm their hands. They've been bruised and discarded many times, but they'd like the chance of being discarded again. They'll take those odds, as Loss-Eaton sings, "My sweet, cantankerous baby/I don't need you to save me/Baby please come back home." - Daytrotter

"Baeble track premiere"

Brooklyn folk act Leland Sundries released a new EP last week, The Foundry. It gathered a good amount of attention: receiving praise from fellow Americana enthusiasts The Low Anthem. Check out a track from the EP, "Monitor Arms" that sways back and forth in a 3/4 shuffle that's reminiscent of Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Elvis Perkins... - Baeble Music

"Bob Christgau A- review"

Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier) No matter where they practice, they're like a garage-band version of the Band—not as deep in the pocket plus there seems to be lint in there, with presiding genius Nick Loss-Eaton never quite squeezing the requisite range or force out of his anxious moan, tune-impaired croon, and cracker-barrel croak. But Loss-Eaton doesn't get to preside just because he writes the songs. He gets to preside because he knows how to deliver them regardless. Here be off-kilter local-color Americana by a Brooklynite who's toured the USA quite a bit, and not just so he can play Slim's in Raleigh or the South Wedge Mission in Rochester. I'm not convinced it was actually Wallace, Idaho where that gal punched a psychic. But I am convinced it's a big country. I do believe the Queens wedding guest who cuts in during the "Clothes Line Saga" rip "Freckle Blues" to complain: "All you ever want to do is go to decrepit towns in the South." And I feel the "Stripper From Bensonhurst" after she takes the subway home: "She sips a beer and watches The Today Show / This is not how New York was supposed to go." A MINUS - NOISEY


music for outcasts (2016)

The Apothecary EP (2010)
The Foundry EP (2012)
Roller Derby Queen 7" (2012)



Crackling garage rock meets literate indie rock in a sound marinated in the extremes of New York City on Music For Outcasts, the full-length debut and first UK/European release for Leland Sundries.  It comes out in May, 2016 on L’Echiquier Records and places Leland Sundries in the context of bands that combine literacy with overdrive such as Silver Jews, Deer Tick, Jack Oblivian, The Hold Steady, Johnny Thunders, The Modern Lovers and Ezra Furman.  Already earning praise in the UK from outlets like The Beat and Mad MackeralMusic for Outcasts prepares for a June 2016 debut.

Leland Sundries is the portmanteau under which frontman Nick Loss-Eaton and an ever-evolving roster of Brooklyn, NYC musicians produce the kind of careering, scrappy garage rock which has -via nascent EP releases- already earned the band nods from The New York Times and Time Out NY. Music For Outcasts itself was shaped by the aftermath from emergency open heart surgery. Fairly white-knuckle, stare-down-your-mortality fare for anyone, never mind someone barely out of their twenties, and a live-it-out experience which bears its blackly humorous mark across Music For Outcasts.

Studio recordings were then made in an unheated loft studio in Nick’s old neighbourhood of Greenpoint, in a former creamery building nestled next to a bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, much of it recorded on analogue tape.


// Leland Sundries - Radiator Sabotage //

The surf-rock wash of ‘Greyhound From Reno’ zeros in on the pill-hazed, midnight exodus of a shady character skipping town. Whilst the track lampoons its sleazy, washed up protagonist, Loss-Eaton delivers its underlying inference direct to the mirror, written as it was at the tail end of his addiction; ‘It’s impressionistic, non-linear, but that sense you can’t outrun yourself is palpable’. The track came eventually came together in aptly chaotic fashion during late-night recording takes; ‘We turned out all the lights in the studio and it got weird. I sang and screamed until I went hoarse, and it felt like an exorcism of panic’.


Elsewhere on Music For Outcasts, Loss-Eaton turns the microscope on his own scars with a similarly unflinching candour. ‘Freckle Blues’ (written whilst New York was holed up during Hurricane Irene) equates the elapse of time since a relationship’s demise and the guilty aftermath. And yet beyond the more personal scorched earth the record rakes over, there is a wider resonance within the world of misfits and missed connections that Music For Outcasts inhabits. Fittingly for one who snatches fragments of lyric ideas from overheard conversations & glimpses into the lives of others, the characters and vignettes which Loss-Eaton summons here are so vivid as to become almost tangible. ‘Stripper From Bensonhurst’ mines far beyond the attendant stereotypes to chart the push/pull between a grim domestic semblance of normality far more intolerable to this woman than her nocturnal ‘other life', whilst the taut, Spoon-esque snap and swivel of ‘Radiator Sabotage’ paints a world of burnt-out glamour as palpable as any of Lou Reed’s succinct dispatches. Even the track titles themselves – ‘Studebaker’, 'Wallace ID’ – function almost like projector slides, brief flashes of narrative which demand conjecture.  

Two studio EPs, a vinyl/digital 7” single, three music videos, and national US touring have already earned Leland Sundries praise from Pop Matters, New Yorker, Magnet, American Songwriter, Village Voice, Time Out NY, Baeble Music, No Depression, Blurt, and Boston Phoenix. The band has performed at Campout Fest (Joshua Tree, CA); taped a Daytrotter session; and shared stages with Spirit Family Reunion, Todd Snider, Marah, Eef Barzelay (leader of Clem Snide), Taylor Hollingsworth (of Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band) and Cracker.

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