"Enlivening and purgative...undeniable" Stereogum
"An expansive journey...there isn't a note out of place or a stone unturned." DIY
"Reminiscent of Kurt Vile or War on Drugs...sets their heights high" Clash
"A statement of intent...there's a glimmering, cathartic quality to
their songwriting" Line of Best Fit
"Sweeping, bittersweet...both luminous and melancholic" Under The Radar
Having released a number of tracks in the past 12 months and played shows around the UK, Leif Erikson have just inked their first record deal with Canadian record label Arts & Crafts.
Today, the band shares the new single, “Get Free”, which lead singer Sam says “it's a direct personal response to the way the political and media landscape has developed over the past year or so. A song like this is a chance for me to try and make sense of and communicate some pretty real fears and emotions I have about the future. It's not meant to be all doom and gloom though, the music has a strong uplifting energy.”
Leif Erikson was the relatively little-known Icelandic explorer believed by many to have been the first Westerner to reach the shores of America (beating Christopher Columbus to establish a Norse colony in the New World). It's a legend partly paid tribute to in this namesake of a new London five-piece, whose early material also explores that idea of escaping to a simpler, more innocent time.
Slowly honing their craft, members of Leif Erikson have been friends from school since the age of 13 - firstly forming bands together, and later tailing off into make-do jobs (chef, builder) whilst, as the title of their debut track suggested, looking for signs.