The Leisure Society
|The Leisure Society|
|Origin||Brighton and London, England|
|Genres||Folk, pop, rock|
|Associated acts||The Climbers
She Talks To Angels
Hope of the States
The Miserable Rich
Sons of Noel and Adrian
The Leisure Society is a band formed by Nick Hemming, formerly of early 1990s indie band She Talks To Angels, which included actor Paddy Considine, film director Shane Meadows and bassist Richard Eaton. Hemming wrote and performed music for the films A Room for Romeo Brass and Dead Man's Shoes. He was also a member of The Telescopes.
In 2006 Hemming moved to London to work with multi-instrumentalist and producer Christian Hardy; the pair have subsequently built a live band drawn from members of Brighton's Willkommen Collective and further afield, notably Mike Siddell who previously played violin with Hope of the States and The Miserable Rich and currently performs with Lightspeed Champion and Troubles. Other members of the band played with The Miserable Rich and currently play with Sons of Noel and Adrian and more.
The Leisure Society have been recipients of considerable critical acclaim, being dubbed the English answer to popular U.S acts such as Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles and Fleet Foxes. Their debut single, The Last Of The Melting Snow, was honoured with a 2009 Ivor Novello nomination for Best Song Musically & Lyrically.
In July 2009 the band signed with UK label Full Time Hobby, prompting the re-release of The Sleeper with a bonus EP entitled A Product Of The Ego Drain. In September 2009 Brian Eno cited the band as "The only other thing I've been listening to lately with enthusiasm", calling it "Such a beautiful album". This prompted a meeting between Hemming, Hardy and Eno at Eno's London studio.
The third single from The Sleeper, "Save It For Someone Who Cares", was also nominated for the Ivor Novello in the same category as the previous year, making the band one of very few consecutive nominees.
Nick Hemming and Christian Hardy also play with childhood friend Tim West in The Climbers, whose debut album was released in May 2010.
Over the Summer of 2009 the band performed across the UK and Europe, including at The Big Chill, the Green Man Festival and the End Of The Road Festival. The band finished 2009 with a tour of Europe and the UK, culminating in a sold-out performance at St Giles' Church, London, and a session for BBC Radio 2's Janice Long.
In January 2010 The Leisure Society toured The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland, going on to play various festivals over the summer, including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Summer Sundae and Vintage at Goodwood.
The band performed a sell out UK and European tour through Summer 2011 in support of Into The Murky Water, culminating in a highly acclaimed performance at London's Barbican Centre backed by the 40-piece Heritage Orchestra.
- The Sleeper (2009)
- Into The Murky Water (2011) (UK chart peak #75)
- Alone Aboard the Ark (2013) (UK chart peak #71)