Leroy Justice

Leroy Justice

 New York City, New York, USA
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Authentic rock n roll that defies you to sit on your ass. Music with passion.

Biography

Leroy
Justice


ABOVE
THE WEATHER


 


Jason Gallagher – voice, guitar


Josh Karis – drums, percussion

Sloan Marshall – organ, keyboards


Justin Mazer – guitar

Bradley Wegner – bass




 


Jason
Gallagher, front man for Leroy Justice,
is talking about Above The Weather  – the
band’s first major label release, coming in April 23, 2013 on the Elm City
Music label with distribution by Caroline/Capitol Music Group.


 


“We felt that
if we wanted to keep playing music, we would have to explore new ways to write,
arrange, and produce songs.  The result
is an album where we pushed our limits creatively, while still living in the
world of rock and roll we love.”


 


The album
title, he explains, “was inspired by the weather itself.  There was a time when it seemed to rain every
time we played a show – it became a running joke.”


 


Above The
Weather
is the next level for Leroy Justice, and a potential
career breakthrough for the New York City quintet with roots in the Wyoming
Valley (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) region of Pennsylvania.  Here is a multi–hued portrait of a
band that reaches back to the American musical bedrock – and the best qualities
of the American character – to create contemporary rock music that may question
our troubled present but also points to the better world that may yet be
possible.


 


It’s a
diverse and dynamic set that showcases Leroy Justice’s musical maturation since
the release of The Loho Sessions in
2009. The new album also introduces 22–year–old guitar wunderkind Justin Mazer,
who makes his disc debut with Leroy Justice on Above The Weather.


 


“The Valley
is our home,” says Jason. “The music scene there is so alive with amazing
players and bands.  We knew Justin
through friends, and after playing with him just once, we knew he was the
perfect fit.”


 


The ten songs
that comprise Above The Weather were
subject to extensive pre– production rehearsals in the band’s own Pennsylvania
rehearsal room. Jason Gallagher explains: “It's a converted bakery – there’s
still a gigantic oven the size of a studio apartment, and there was no heat or
a/c until we installed a heater. But the room sounds great.”


 


As album
producer, Jason worked closely with two important non–members.


 


John Siket,
credited with mix engineering and additional production, has participated in every
Leroy Justice album since their 2006 debut Revolution’s
Son
in addition to working on projects with the Dave Matthews Band and Yo
La Tengo.


 


Bil Emmons,
whose credits include Lykke Li and Sonic Youth, came aboard as the band’s new
front–of–house sound mixer but soon applied his talents as chief engineer for
the Above The Weather sessions.


 


On Above The Weather, Leroy Justice
displays the kind of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized
great American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman
Brothers Band. Songs like “Up On The Mountain,” “Blue–Eyed Blues,” “So Long,”
and “Two Trees” are destined to become staples of Leroy Justice’s compelling
live show, an emotion–packed thrill ride shared by musicians and listeners alike.


 


That
commitment to a collective musical experience is one that this group shares
with such like–minded acts as the North Mississippi All Stars, Blues Traveler,
and moe. – all of whom have been warmly supportive of Leroy Justice, sharing
stage time, advice, and encouragement.


 


The highway
calls, the crowds await…and Leroy Justice is ready to roll with Above The Weather.