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New video, NYC dates, and the debut album out this Fall
WATCH: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions”
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions”
Shannon Fields (Stars Like Fleas founder/producer, Helado Negro collaborator) spent the better part of 2012 recording new, unhinged, narratively-oblique, club-centric, dark kitchen-sink pop music under the name Leverage Models. Following the release of two EPs on limited edition cassettes (Interim Deliverable and Forensic Accounting), Leverage Models will release their debut, self-titled LP on October 1. The album features contributions from Sharon Van Etten and members of Yeasayer, Sinkane, LCD Soundsystem, and more. The first single and lead track, “Cooperative Extensions,” is out today, accompanied by the song’s striking video premiere on Brooklyn Vegan. Leverage Models has announced shows in their part-time hometown of Brooklyn with Indians and Medicine (with more to come).
7/21/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory - w/ Indians, Brazos
8/16/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - w/ Medicine
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01. Cooperative Extensions
02. The Chance to Go
03. Night Falls on the General Assembly
04. The Least of Your Brothers
05. Out in the Open (Propositional Representations)
06. Too Cold for Magic
07. Sweep (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
08. Stay Close
09. Hunting Safety
10. A Slow Marriage
Shannon Fields was raised on the undersides of both rural and urban Missouri. Born to Pentecostal evangelists, he spent as much time singing in improvisatory tongues during marathon worship services as he did catching crawdads and chiggers in the creek behind his house and getting the shit beat out of him by mulletted 6th graders with equally troubled home lives. Following this, time spent in a residential youth treatment center in Kansas, and a brief romance with academia (linguistics and philosophy of mind) in Great Britain, he moved to Brooklyn and started his own cult in the form of the Brooklyn electro-acoustic, freely improvising folk collective, Stars Like Fleas (gaining some notice for their own confusing, ecstatic song services, and playing to large confused crowds at art museums around the globe before spectacularly imploding).
In addition to writing corporate research papers and performing technology risk management audits by day, Shannon worked as a producer for others, curated events, created sound installations, composed ramshackle outsider musical works for large untrained choirs, and toured with the Fleas and as a member of Helado Negro.
In the wake of Stars Like Fleas’ hiatus, Shannon left Brooklyn, took up residence on a small farm in upstate New York where he learned how to take care of horses and began work on what would become Leverage Models, figuring he could maybe broker a peace between himself and pure entertainment, pleasure, health.
Shannon’s songs follow deeply broken human and animal characters set in miniature and lost countries where corporate jargon, self-loathing, fear of color, and a handful of relationships based on sexual and financial subjugation grow limbs and faces and walk around glowing in hay-lofts at night. Leverage Models music, however, privileges immediate pleasure, dancing, and unhinged joy. A live band with large latin percussion ensemble, horns, synthesizers, drum machines, and guitars has been tearing themselves to pieces this spring in NYC in service of adrenalin and joy…making new sculptures out of the the warped shadows of bands like ABC, Scritti Politti, The Dream, Hall & Oates, This Heat, The Associates, Happy Mondays, Japan, Usher, Robert Wyatt, A Certain Ratio, Material, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, Durutti Column, Throbbing Gristle, The Glove, etc.
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