Nathan Leigh

Nathan Leigh

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

A multi-instrumentalist and prolific songwriter, Nathan plays an eclectic mix of acoustic, indie rock, latin, folk, and punk with classical arrangements intense guitar and urgent vocals.

Biography

Nathan Leigh has made a name for himself in the Boston music scene for his eclectic mix of folk, punk, classical, and electronica and his inventive, chaotic performances. As the lead singer of Boston indie / latin duo A Thousand Ships, and Brooklyn's synth-pop quartet Sputnik Sweetheart, Nathan has performed at some of the northeast's best venues including Copperfield's, All Asia, The Webster Underground, Club Midway, and Piano's. As a composer, Nathan's music has graced the stages of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Boston Theatre Works.
Beginning with the Connecticut emocore trio Silent Orbit in 2002, Nathan has toured relentlessly, writing and releasing music on his own label, Keroscene Records. After the break-up of Silent Orbit, Nathan got together with flamenco guitarist and drummer Victor Pachas to form the duo A Thousand Ships in early 2004. The duo became known for their strong DIY ethic, organizing concerts, recording and releasing their own music, and even building much of their own gear. After a year of constant gigging and recording, Victor moved to Paris, putting A Thousand Ships on indefinite hiatus. Nathan immediately recorded his first full length solo record Quicksand, which he released in early 2005. In March 2005, the staff of Purevolume selected Nathan as a PurePick and awarded him a lifetime Pro membership. Quicksand was followed in early 2006 with the heavily electronic A Fine Disaster.
In 2007, Victor returned, and the duo reconstituted A Thousand Ships. At the same time, Nathan began collaborating with Obie Award-winning playwright and composer Kyle Jarrow to form the band Sputnik Sweetheart. With two full-time electric bands, Nathan put a hold on performing solo, but continued to write and record new solo material. Over nearly 2 years, Nathan accumulated over 30 tracks, and in the summer of 2008 began whittling it down to the 14 that would become Tell Me Something Honey. As a reaction to his electric bands, Nathan kept the album almost entirely acoustic, using no synthesizers, and performing all tracks live himself. Taking the standard mix of guitar, bass, and drums, and adding piano, melodica, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, harmonica, violin, bamboo flute, mandolin, and a vintage electric organ, Nathan crafts a sound that reflects his eclectic influences and love of theatrical story-telling.

Lyrics

Let's Get Lost

Written By: Nathan Leigh

I've spent a lot of nights
Just driving in this car
Through the tired streets
Past empty unlit bars
I've spent a lot of nights
Just wishing we could go
Leave all our things behind
And hit the road
Well tonight, let's get lost
I've spent a lot of time
Pretending not to try
While the life I thought I'd live
Passes me by
I've spent a lot of time
Figuring these things out
I've done a lot of things
I'm not proud to talk about
Well tonight let's get lost
And maybe tonight
We wont find our way home

Discography

2010 - Glitch EP
2008 - Tell Me Something,
Honey
2006 - A Fine Disaster
2005 - Quicksand
2005 - Keroscene Sampler 2
2004 - Keroscene Sampler 1

Set List

set lengths and original to cover ratio varies by venue

Originals In Regular Rotation:

Tell Me Something Honey
Noise
Let's Get Lost
The Ocean
Second Place
A Lament
I Did My Best
In Defense of Fictional Characters (Not An Artist)
Paper Trails
Actually Liking Stuff is the New Irony
Vertigo
Apart
828
Reprise (Another Perspective)
A Plaintive Sigh
Starlight Receiver
Quicksand
Let It Go
The Art of Playing Dead
I'm Doing Fine
24 Hours of Media Coverage
Starlet Fade Out

Covers:

David Bowie - As The World Falls Down
Shudder To Think - I Want Someone Badly
Prince - When Doves Cry
Dan Bern - Jerusalem
Ben Kweller - In Other Words
OutKast - Mrs Jackson
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
The Cure - Love Song
The Misfits - Last Caress
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Stone Temple Pilots - Vaseline