Brooklyn’s DEAD LEAF ECHO are pleased to present a brand new single: “Boo”.
With its baggy percussion, skyscraping sonics and soulful vocal callouts, “Boo” wouldn’t have sounded amiss on the dancefloors of the Boardwalk or the Hacienda in their prime.
An intentional indie-dance anthem of the classic kind, the new single was written in part as a tribute to the late Denise Johnson (Primal Scream / New Order), the Mancunion powerhouse vocalist who brought so much warmth and character to some of the Madchester movement’s most memorable moments.
But while Johnson’s spirit can undoubtedly be felt in its infectious choral hooks, on a deeper subconscious level, it’s also a song that finds DLE frontman L.G. Galleon haunted by paranoid thoughts of subterfuge, spooks and unwelcome surprises. As he explains:
“Boo was written five years ago when I was pressed by my girlfriend at the time to write a joke “Manchester” song with a hook. It quickly morphed into a partial ode to Denise Johnson who passed away during the pandemic and also into a creepy Halloween song about surveillance, discovery and scaring your “Boo” with the truth about all your hidden secrets.”
“Boo” will be the title-track of a brand new EP from the Brooklyn collective confirmed for release on the PaperCup Music label (Drug Couple, UV-TV) early next year. A five track release, it will be released both digitally and on vinyl by Moon Sounds Records and will feature new artwork from V23’s Timothy O’Donnell (The Birthday Party, Pale Saints), Roy Burns III (Stiff Little Fingers, Sun Kil Moon), and Gary Prendergast (cutshapemake).
Around the release the band will be taking the new Dead Leaf Echo music out on the road in the states this Autumn. Catch them at these venues as follows:
DEAD LEAF ECHO – US TOUR DATES
10.19 Philadelphia PA Ortleibs
10.20 Troy NY No Fun
10.21 NYC Footlight presents at Windjammer Bar
10.22 Boston MA The Loft Somerville
10.23 New London CT TBA
12.14 Olympia WA Cryptatropa
12.15 Portland OR The Fixin To’s
12.16 Seattle WA Sunset Tavern
12.17 Vancouver, BC Bullet Farm
Tickets on sale now here: https://deadleafecho.bandcamp.com
Dead Leaf Echo is a music/art collective that released their debut LP ‘Thought and Language’ in 2013. That premier album was strongly influenced by many 4AD acts, brought into sharp focus by the mixing of John Fryer (Lush, NIN, Depeche Mode) and featuring artwork by 4ADs legendary designer, V23’s Vaughan Oliver (Pixies, Bauhaus), which further enhanced their strong aesthetic connections to that label.
In 2019, the band had just wrapped a tour of the West Coast featuring a performance at KEXP’s “John in the Morning” and flew back to NYC to begin recording their third LP ‘The Mercy of Women’. Planning to release the record and tour Europe in the Autumn of 2020, the band’s preparations were scuppered by the outbreak of the pandemic. Using the down time to remain creative, Dead Leaf Echo finished recording the rest of the EP while in lockdown from both their home and practice studio. James Aparacio (Spiritualized, Depeche Mode) mixed the EP while Jeff Berner (Psychic TV, Shilpa Ray) did the final records at Studio G. Joe Lambert (Blondie, Deerhunter) was brought in to master.
Nearly a decade on from their first release, Dead Leaf Echo maintain a distinctive ethos to embrace their idols while still forging their own sound. Returning with the single “Boo” and with an eponymous new EP slated for 2023, standby for further new music from Dead Leaf Echo in the coming months.