Digital Leather

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Digital Leather is the musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. It is recognized for having characteristics of synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic music.[1]

Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona.[2] He used student loan money to buy equipment.[3] He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard's Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records.[4] He supported this “bedroom project”[1] with several nationwide and European tours.[5] Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record.[6]

In 2009, friend and fellow musician Jay Reatard took over managing duties for the band.[7] Around this time Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio.[2] Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. Pitchfork, for example, referred to Foree as sui generis, calling the album a “charming curio.”[8] Reportedly, the label did not initially support the album’s artwork, which features a shirtless man with the album name taped across his chest.[4]

Selected discography[edit]


  • Monologue (2006) Shattered
  • Hard At Work (2007) Tic Tac Totally
  • Blow Machine (2007) FDH
  • Sorcerer (2008) Goner
  • Warm Brother (2009) Fat Possum
  • Infinite Sun (2011) Volar
  • Sponge (2012) Crash Symbols
  • Yes Please, Thank You (2012) Southpaw
  • Modern Problems (2012) FDH
  • Split LP w/ The Hussy (2014) Southpaw


  • Simulator (2005) Plastic Idol
  • Split w/ Angry Angles (2006) Shattered
  • She Had A Cameltoe (2007) Goner
  • Closed My Eyes (2007) Disordered (Italy), P Trash (Germany), FDH (USA)
  • Suckface (2007) Red Lounge (Germany)
  • The Assault (2008) Red Lounge (Germany)
  • Hurts so Bad, demo version (2009) Squoodge (Austria/Germany)
  • Power Surge (2009) FDH
  • Lousy Manipulator (2009) Neat Neat Neat
  • Sponge (2011) Ghost Highway

Other Projects[edit]

  • Diode (2014) Crash Symbols
  • TIT (2014) FDH/ Volar


  • Lost Sounds Future Touch (2004) In The Red
  • Tokyo Electron S/T (2005) Shattered
  • Cutters 7" (2005) Sunburst
  • Terror Visions World of Shit (2007) FDH
  • Devon Disaster Make Things Bleed (2008) Red Lounge
  • Destruction Unit/ Black Sunday Split LP (2008) FDH
  • Earthmen & Strangers S/T (2009) FDH


  1. ^ a b "Digital Leather, The Mistreaters, CoCoComa, The Hex Dispensers, and Drugs Dragons | Music | Events | The A.V. Club Milwaukee". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Swedlund, Eric. "Rise of the Synth | Music Feature". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Digital Leather". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to the warped world of Digital Leather". 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ "new Digital Leather video & 2010 tour dates (SXSW)". 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ "This Week's Recommended Shows: Jay Z, Grizzly Bear, Sunny Day Real Estate - Seattle - Slideshows". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Night Life". The New Yorker. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Digital Leather". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-01-31.