Very occasionally, I will hear a new song that absolutely blows me away. As the opening chords of Leopold and His Fiction’s “Golden Friends” played, I thought to myself, “well isn’t this nice?” and then Daniel James’s vocals began and I was hooked. In the space of 25 seconds, I had gone from never having heard of them before to frantically searching for the lyrics of what would become one of my favourite tracks of all time. This is powerful stuff and is garage rock at its best.
Leopold and His Fiction have been compared to White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Kings of Leon but theirs is a unique and distinctively vintage sound that drags 1960s garage rock into the new millennium. Listening to them, you can’t help but get the feeling that this is music that you’ve loved all of your life. Detroit native Daniel James fronts the band on vocals and guitar and is joined by Jon Sortland on drums and organ and Micayla Grace on bass guitar. The band is based in San Francisco and are recording their new album in the vintage Hangar Studios in Sacramento, CA.
“Golden Friends” is the first single from their as yet untitled third album to be released in 2011. If I had to sum up this track in one word, that word would be “epic”. I think it is that good but don’t take my word for it. Leopold and His Fiction are offering the single for free download:
“Golden Friends” (mp3)
I cannot wait for news about their new album and hope that it is finished sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Leopold and His Fictions eponymous debut album and follow up Ain’t No Surprise are available on Amazon.com..