The Leers are a four-piece Alternative Indie Rock band from Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand. With success stemming from the release of their last single, “Far Away” The Leers opened two massive shows for NZ staple, L.A.B, one of which being the 12,000 cap Spark Arena, just before the country shut back down due to Covid 19.
“Four piece The Leers had the honour of gracing the stage first, their laid-back Mt Maunganui style translating perfectly on the larger stage. Yes, here is a band that define the word effortless, a group of musicians that can easily shift from the inner-city vibes of Cross Street Festival to playing a venue ten times the size in the blink of an eye. Led by Matt Bidois on guitar and vocals, The Leers are a must for any discerning music lover who appreciates well made alt-pop with a healthy dose of psych-rock thrown in for good measure.
The relocation to Tāmaki Makaurau it seems has only strengthened the band, and is immediately evident as the 2019 breezy single ‘Far Away’ floats across the room, drummer Jack Furniss providing the rhythmical backbone to the track as Buchan and Kippenberger throw down some serious guitar and bass work that leaves one salivating for more. Frankly any band that can nail a cover of Kavinskys ‘Nightcall’ such as these boys have is worth their weight in gold.
A two and a half minute instrumental that demonstrated that the quartets skills can reach far beyond just their latest singles and The Leers finished the set off with both ‘I Can’t Cope’ and the brilliant opening track ‘Does This Speak To You?’ off their aforementioned album, the infectious riff igniting the front rows as Bidois let loose and howled into the microphone with an electrifying intensity. Easily worthy of their own headline slot, The Leers are exactly the reason why audiences should arrive early to catch the opening act.”
After spending 2 weeks @ IFMG’s Mad Muse Studios in Downtown Los Angeles at the end of 2019, The Leers are sitting on 10 tracks that take the bands raw energy to the next level. Their upcoming single “This Love It Holds” is due out late fall of 2020.
Matt Bidois- Lead Vocals, Guitar
James Kippenberger- Lead Guitar
Jacob Buchan- Bass, Background Vocals
Jack Furniss- Drums