LEYAN

LEYAN

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Untamed creativity combined with a joy for experiments and musical craftsmanship define LEYAN‘s sound that is treading the thin red line between indie, pop and rock. Expressive vocals with unique guitar structures - always carried by the
uncompromisingly driving rhythm section of drums and bass.

Biography

This ancient story of the Chinese game Tangram is the perfect analogy to tell the story of the Berlin-based band LEYAN and their music. It is a story of seeking and finding, of destruction and creation.

The forging of something complete out of many different fragments marks the end of this adventurous journey. This process essentially accounts for the use of Tangram-pieces as artwork for the band‘s upcoming debut album “Dancing Sculptures“ (Release date: June 24, 2011 at Noizgate Records/ Rough Trade).

The debut‘s twelve tracks are deeply rooted in the souls of their stories. They stir and touch, break and unite - they are mysterious and catchy alike. They take the listener on an adventure through their sonorous impulses and detailed arrangements. This debut dares to challenge the music
business‘ strive for quick and cheap success - the album is the impersonation of honest, independent effort. This is music that is treading the thin line between indie, pop and rock but it is always diverse enough not to be put into any box and always offers surprising moments. LEYAN named
their music style very fittingly “MadPop“. It is intoxicating, flowing, spheric as well as haunting.

The listener is always encouraged to dance along to this dynamic and powerful rhythm. The band‘s singer and keyboarder, Christoph Ecke, grew up in a very musical household and therefore got in contact with music from a very early age on. His mother began teaching him to play
the piano at the age of five. Later on he expanded his talent by focusing on composition, musical theory and singing. Eight years ago Christoph and his father Jürgen Ecke, one of the most renowned composers of movie scores in Germany, began writing songs together. It was a long and winding road until in September 2006 they were joined by guitarist Marc Hassdenteufel, Damian Dabrowski on bass and Ilir Mulaj on drums. LEYAN was born. A close-knit entity of musicians - Marc studied Jazz at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA), Ilir graduated from the Berlin University of Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany) and Damian perfected his bass skills in
countless bands with styles ranging from Acid Jazz to Metal.

The band soon gathered speed and has been booked as support on the German tour dates of such renowned acts as Blue October (US), Turin Brakes (UK), Soulsavers (UK) with Mark Lanegan on vocals and Scouting For Girls (UK). They took part in and won the “7th Radio Fritz Night of
Talents“ (an event organized and sponsored by the Berlin-based radio station “Fritz“) in the soldout “Admiralspalast“ in Berlin and were MySpace Featured Artist.

In 2010 the band had the opportunity to be the first ever music act to perform at the official Aftershow Party of the ECHO Awards (German Music Awards) after they had won the “Köstritzer Echolot“ contest. “Playing live is especially important for us. We need this immediacy, the direct interaction. We feel this fire burning within us and the audience as soon as we hit the stage. We are playing ourselves and the audience into some kind of musical trance.“ the band pinpoints their philosophy. In early 2011 the band‘s song Heal The Knives was featured on a CD in the “Rolling Stone“ and the song Nescience played a prominent role in the saturday-night crime thriller “The Pride of the Family“ in the ZDF (German public service television channel). The appearance in the TV-thriller lead to Nescience entering the top100 of the iTunes alternative charts. Driven by their own high standard and expectations the band continually spent a lot of time in the studio. Together they developed new ideas, discarded entire songs and worked tirelessly on weaving their own sound concepts into one cohesive ensemble. “We aimed at creating an album that unified everything that we believe is part of LEYAN as a whole. We wanted to write powerful songs that instantly grab your attention but in which you can always discover new and exciting

Lyrics

Distance

Written By: Christoph Ecke

We have burned our fingers
Fanatic views on both sides
The atmosphere is tense
Two souls supposed to collide

Sending the wrong message
We push ourselves way too far
Now facing this distance
Reminds how fragile we are

How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
All by ourselves
How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
How could we not feel it coming?
I’m not looking back.

The Wolf

Written By: Christoph Ecke

You don’t know what you have done
Now that you’re owned by the night
Owned by the night
Owned by the night
You don’t know what you have done
Your mind makes its own forms in time

What you predict will come true
A prophet in his own world
In his own world
In his own world
Sings: YEAH
Sings: WHOA

Turn the alarm off!
Don’t panic, you’re not lost!
Realize it hasn’t been
The wolf who knocked
At your door.

Be careful, open your eyes
The seed still grows at high speed
Grows at high speed
Grows at high speed
Be careful, open your eyes
Parts of you are growing in me

It’s just a whisper inside:
How could you end up like this?
End up like that?
End up like that?
Singing: YEAH
Singing: WHOA

Turn the alarm off!
Don’t panic, you’re not lost!
Realize it hasn’t been
The wolf who knocked
At your door.
You are
In
Control!

Heal The Knives

Written By: Christoph Ecke

Dancing sculptures swaying,
Neon headlines straying.
Present structures breaking,
Lasting walls decaying.

Even though we watch us fall,
I guess our eyes are only used.
Though blinded by eternal lights
Joint ignorance is no excuse.

The warning signs are left behind,
The golden thoughts are lies.
A million steps sound uniform,
Close to death we come to life.

Did I forget what I expect
This wasted time and space to be?
A feeling that creeps up on me:
Our life’s so beautiful!
My life’s so beautiful!
So beautiful
But I can’t see!

Just heal the knives,
They lead to wounds!
Just heal the knives
And make them fail!

New Again

Written By: Alfred Viktor Schulz/ Christoph Ecke

There’s no time
When you don’t face some choice
Drowning in huge waves
Of smells and noise
Feel yourself swallowed by
The life you lead
Struggling all day just
to keep you on
Your feet

Inside this hurricane
It’s hard to stand
Feel that the more you try
The more you’re bend

Every minute
Every moment
You shouldn’t try so hard
To keep up all your parts
Everything seeks
to end one day
Pick up your pieces and
Build yourself new again
A grand era
Is about to begin
Why fear the end?
The end, end, end

Still can tell white from black
The spine that bears all weight
Yet shows some cracks
This modern life is a
Mystery that
Is carved in steel and stone
Setting all nerves
On edge

The day will come when you
Are bushed and sore
That you cannot avoid
The collapse no more

Promises

Written By: Christoph Ecke

I wipe off the coma that
I have taken
Lying
Down. Down.

The trigger had been inside.
The sleeper is
Awake
Now! Now!

Trust in me.
Our future is filled with promise.
We’ll find a way.
Together we’ll transcend this sheer madness.

New blood rushes through my veins
Changing the beat
Of my
Heart. Heart.

The demons I have cared for
Are marching out
Of me
Now! Now!

Trust in me.
Our future is filled with promise.
We’ll find a way.
Together we’ll transcend this sheer madness.

I’m glad to see my heart beats like this.
It’s good to feel my heart still exists.

Trust in me.
Our future is filled with promise.
We’ll find a way.
Together we’ll transcend the past.
Now…

Trust in me.
Our future is filled with promise.
We’ll find a way.
Together we’ll transcend this sheer madness.

Discography

NEW ALBUM - SPRING 2013

LPs
Dancing Scupltures (Rough Trade/ Noizgate Records, 2011)

EPs
The Silence Is Not That Calming EP (Rockwerk, 2008)
Up The Hill EP (Selfrelease, 2006)