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I Swear It’s Easy and I Swear It’s Hard.Leverage Models: New Single, Tour Starts Today
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions” MP3
I traveled 4800 miles in 72 hours and I’m qualified to write about Leverage Models. Over the next five weeks, Shannon Fields — the man behind and in front of the curtain — will hit nearly every road I glided over, playing shows that radiate his absolute nature, or at least the parts he wants you to see. Since moving to upstate New York, and — to briefly encapsulate it — buying a tractor, he has conjured the spirits of a decade in the city and a serpentine life before it. I met him as he vibrated in Stars Like Fleas, a force so flammable the seams couldn’t hold from the heat. Something like six years later, he’s making the best music of his life. At least I think so.
We’ve discreetly released his first two collections, named Interim Deliverableand Forensic Accounting, two-word identifiers that truly amount to chants in the electric dark. “Is this where music is headed?” wrote someone in my iChat window when I threw the line of "Cooperative Extensions" to them one morning. All I could answer: “This is where music’s always been.” Shannon has always had some kind of x-ray vision, I’ve caught glimpses of it and called it mine over the years. He’s had friends by his side since he started hand-making Leverage Models in his attic: D. James Goodwin, Jeff Gretz, Jon Natchez, Matt Lavelle, Trevor Dunn, Kelly Pratt, Alexis Karl, Anthony Lamarca, Jesse Blum, Jim Altieri, and his own brother, Christian. 
Click those links and see the village clustered around Shannon Fields, the recipe, and the power of composed sound. When you listen to Leverage Models, you are hearing the in-progress perfection of creation and destruction and creation again. You are hearing what it means to take risks, the kind that you dream about, the standing-naked-in-the-train-station kind. And you know, as you slip into music you can and can’t define, that the risk is yours to take. For all my pushing over the years, for the archaeology of records in our basement, I still sit here, hung in time-traveler mode, wishing for you to close your eyes, take my hand, and just go here with me.
Today we’re unveiling the third tumble in the Leverage Models story, the loud and final call before we run toward the defining totem of an album. But you know, and I know, it doesn’t always take an album to find love. It doesn’t always even take a full song. Sometimes you just see it across the room. Sometimes you accidentally let a song repeat, and, by the turn of the hour, you’ve threaded some wild new anthem into your understanding of everything in front of you. Leverage Models is that perfect accident. “Cooperative Extensions,” and its companion “Sweep,” is a single that bears the weight of the new-old universe of Shannon Fields. I swear it’s easy and I swear it’s hard. That spectrum in between is just sweet, sweet music.
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions” MP3LISTEN/BUY: Leverage Models Cooperative Extensions 2-Song Digital Single
Our fascination has two shores, as we unveil everything Leverage Models alongside Mr. David Laurie and the London-based label Something In Construction. The European home of Leverage Models (also home to Memory Tapes, Loney Dear and more), David juggles surprise, vibe, and time zones alongside Hometapes. Set to Shannon’s music and his binding presence, set between us southern-turned-west-coast kids and one of the UK’s most vibrant musical brains — anything you can imagine is probably true.
Catch Leverage Models on tour with In One Wind and pick up a limited edition CDR featuring the new songs, and a remix (which we’ll be sharing with you soon; this is a time-release drug). There’s a good chance they’ll be near you soon. You’ve got time to learn the words.
06/25/12 - Raleigh, NC @ Slims06/26/12 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge06/27/12 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt06/28/12 - Knoxville, TN @ The Well06/29/12 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia06/30/12 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s 07/01/12 - Dallas, TX @ El Sibil - w/ Daniel Hart07/03/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ Underground at Evangelo’s07/04/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Alamo07/05/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge07/06/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Records07/08/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah07/10/12 - Oakland, CA @ Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut07/12/12 - Portland, OR @ TBA07/13/12 - Seattle, WA @ TBA07/16/12 - Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair07/18/12 - Lawrence, KS @ TBA07/19/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Red Stag 07/20/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi - w/ Collections of Colonies of Bees07/21/12 - Madison, WI @ Project Lodge 07/22/12 - Chicago, IL @ Saki Store07/22/12 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door07/23/12 - Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter Session (Live @ 2pm EST) 07/24/12 - Bloomington, IN @ TBA 07/25/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe07/26/12 - Toronto, ON @ TBA07/28/12 - Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien 07/29/30 - Burlington, VT @ TBA07/30/12 - Providence, RI @ TBA07/31/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Oh! Pears
**VISIT Leverage Models on Facebook for up-to-the-minute venue updates, to offer up your rec room, or — seriously — let Shannon know you want to play sax with him**

Do your homework…
LISTEN/BUY:

Leverage Models Interim Deliverable on Cassette TapeLeverage Models Interim Deliverable on BandcampLeverage Models Interim Deliverable on Soundcloud

Leverage Models Forensic Accounting on Cassette TapeLeverage Models Forensic Accounting on BandcampLeverage Models Forensic Accounting on Soundcloud
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I Swear It’s Easy and I Swear It’s Hard.
Leverage Models: New Single, Tour Starts Today

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions” MP3

I traveled 4800 miles in 72 hours and I’m qualified to write about Leverage Models. Over the next five weeks, Shannon Fields — the man behind and in front of the curtain — will hit nearly every road I glided over, playing shows that radiate his absolute nature, or at least the parts he wants you to see. Since moving to upstate New York, and — to briefly encapsulate it — buying a tractor, he has conjured the spirits of a decade in the city and a serpentine life before it. I met him as he vibrated in Stars Like Fleas, a force so flammable the seams couldn’t hold from the heat. Something like six years later, he’s making the best music of his life. At least I think so.

We’ve discreetly released his first two collections, named Interim Deliverableand Forensic Accounting, two-word identifiers that truly amount to chants in the electric dark. “Is this where music is headed?” wrote someone in my iChat window when I threw the line of "Cooperative Extensions" to them one morning. All I could answer: “This is where music’s always been.” Shannon has always had some kind of x-ray vision, I’ve caught glimpses of it and called it mine over the years. He’s had friends by his side since he started hand-making Leverage Models in his attic: D. James GoodwinJeff GretzJon NatchezMatt LavelleTrevor DunnKelly PrattAlexis KarlAnthony LamarcaJesse BlumJim Altieri, and his own brother, Christian. 

Click those links and see the village clustered around Shannon Fields, the recipe, and the power of composed sound. When you listen to Leverage Models, you are hearing the in-progress perfection of creation and destruction and creation again. You are hearing what it means to take risks, the kind that you dream about, the standing-naked-in-the-train-station kind. And you know, as you slip into music you can and can’t define, that the risk is yours to take. For all my pushing over the years, for the archaeology of records in our basement, I still sit here, hung in time-traveler mode, wishing for you to close your eyes, take my hand, and just go here with me.

Today we’re unveiling the third tumble in the Leverage Models story, the loud and final call before we run toward the defining totem of an album. But you know, and I know, it doesn’t always take an album to find love. It doesn’t always even take a full song. Sometimes you just see it across the room. Sometimes you accidentally let a song repeat, and, by the turn of the hour, you’ve threaded some wild new anthem into your understanding of everything in front of you. Leverage Models is that perfect accident. “Cooperative Extensions,” and its companion “Sweep,” is a single that bears the weight of the new-old universe of Shannon Fields. I swear it’s easy and I swear it’s hard. That spectrum in between is just sweet, sweet music.

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models “Cooperative Extensions” MP3
LISTEN/BUY: Leverage Models Cooperative Extensions 2-Song Digital Single

Our fascination has two shores, as we unveil everything Leverage Models alongside Mr. David Laurie and the London-based label Something In Construction. The European home of Leverage Models (also home to Memory Tapes, Loney Dear and more), David juggles surprise, vibe, and time zones alongside Hometapes. Set to Shannon’s music and his binding presence, set between us southern-turned-west-coast kids and one of the UK’s most vibrant musical brains — anything you can imagine is probably true.

Catch Leverage Models on tour with In One Wind and pick up a limited edition CDR featuring the new songs, and a remix (which we’ll be sharing with you soon; this is a time-release drug). There’s a good chance they’ll be near you soon. You’ve got time to learn the words.

06/25/12 - Raleigh, NC @ Slims
06/26/12 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge
06/27/12 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt
06/28/12 - Knoxville, TN @ The Well
06/29/12 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
06/30/12 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s 
07/01/12 - Dallas, TX @ El Sibil - w/ Daniel Hart
07/03/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ Underground at Evangelo’s
07/04/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Alamo
07/05/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
07/06/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Records
07/08/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
07/10/12 - Oakland, CA @ Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut
07/12/12 - Portland, OR @ TBA
07/13/12 - Seattle, WA @ TBA
07/16/12 - Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair
07/18/12 - Lawrence, KS @ TBA
07/19/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Red Stag 
07/20/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi - w/ Collections of Colonies of Bees
07/21/12 - Madison, WI @ Project Lodge 
07/22/12 - Chicago, IL @ Saki Store
07/22/12 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
07/23/12 - Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter Session (Live @ 2pm EST) 
07/24/12 - Bloomington, IN @ TBA 
07/25/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
07/26/12 - Toronto, ON @ TBA
07/28/12 - Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien 
07/29/30 - Burlington, VT @ TBA
07/30/12 - Providence, RI @ TBA
07/31/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Oh! Pears

**VISIT Leverage Models on Facebook for up-to-the-minute venue updates, to offer up your rec room, or — seriously — let Shannon know you want to play sax with him**


Do your homework…

LISTEN/BUY:

Leverage Models Interim Deliverable on Cassette Tape
Leverage Models Interim Deliverable on Bandcamp
Leverage Models Interim Deliverable on Soundcloud

Leverage Models Forensic Accounting on Cassette Tape
Leverage Models Forensic Accounting on Bandcamp
Leverage Models Forensic Accounting on Soundcloud

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Leverage Models on Tumblr
Leverage Models on Facebook
Leverage Models on Twitter

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