New releases from Leopardo + Single Bullet Theory

Folks! Two new albums just announced for a Sept. 22 street date. New music from our Swiss friends Leopardo, and an archival release of '79 material from Richmond, VA's Single Bullet Theory. We've also included EU tour dates for Smirk + Spread Joy and US dates for Private Lives + Sweeping Promises.
Leopardo - Solo Recordings 2019-2022
(cover: Art by Thomas Simon & Julien Marmar)

Preorder LP/CS from Feel It

"I Can't Help Falling in Love with Nobody" single/video premiere + interview at Paperface Zine

co-released with Chrüsimüsi Records (EU)
release date: September 22, 2023
"Tasked with creating the idyllic segues of Wes Anderson’s new reboot of The Shining, Romain Savary puts you in a box with a fox, a computer from 1998 and a bottle of port. It isn’t garden variety, it’s simply a garden; there are bulbous purples and meek yellow-oranges, and where they begin and end is anyone’s guess. It isn’t the pastoral Impressionism of the prior Leopardo LP, on which you can almost hear the sunshine, taste the mountain tops. Just as the Velvets often lived in the oblivion of sunbeams, Leopardo knows the finer things in life are quiet anticipation, rigorous conversation on a scenic drive, minneolas, gusts of wind. Like with the band Cheveu (remember?) you can’t help speculating on a film out of tunes like “Temperature”. There are people who enjoy reading Rimbaud on oceanic vacation as much as they like blowing lines off a washing machine in a Midwest winter basement, and this is for that type of lifer." -Brandon Gaffney
Leopardo - I Can't Help Falling in Love with Nobody (Video by Elias Gamma)
Single Bullet Theory - c. '79
(artwork/photos from the archives of Michael M Garrett)
"My first image of Single Bullet Theory was a little oasis of attitude on a flatbed truck in an empty lot in conservative downtown Richmond, Virginia, during a music festival in 1977. I’d had enough of drunken preppies and good ole boys. I wanted a sound to match my mood.

Single Bullet Theory was the right band for the moment. They didn’t sound like any band in town. They didn’t look like one either. The lead singer, alternating between guitar and sax, wore his dark hair Prince Valiant style, with a tailored white jacket and a large shiny saxophone pin on his lapel. They absolutely tore it up, and afterwards my ears rang for three days.

The band had formed in 1976 from the ashes of Big Naptar, Crossbreed, and X-Breed, bands which had mixed cover songs and originals with a garage, punk feel. Their edgy style matched their origins in the bohemian art school culture of Richmond’s Fan District neighborhood in the 1970s, as a fresh wave of music flowed from New York and England brandishing an aggressive sound with a clever attitude to match.

SBT took that sound further – loose, high energy and, with three guitars, loud. They made their name playing free warehouse parties and half-dollar cover shows at local bars. In early 1978 the band played at an art opening party for Andy Warhol at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the staid heart of Richmond. More than 6,500 people mobbed the place.

This was a band that opened for The Patti Smith GroupTalking Heads, and The Stranglers. And toured with The Ramones and The Pretenders. They knew VU’s John Cale and courted him to produce their first record. He couldn’t, one of the near misses that marked the history of a band that could never quite get the right producer or record deal to capture their live sound and place them in the middle of a rock ‘n roll revolution.

They recorded the songs on this EP during the late 1970s, about midway through their glorious run, and it captures the band’s energy. These are the first tracks SBT has released since their eponymous LP, issued on Nemperor Records, more than 40 years ago.

Single Bullet Theory broke up in 1984. In 1991 they staged one last concert, a reunion show at The Flood Zone in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. They ended a giddy, rocking night with “Les Bonnes Chanson,” the good song.

These songs, this band, those heady days." - Michael Martz
Private Lives, Smirk, Spread Joy, Sweeping Promises on tour!
Check it out! Spread Joy and Smirk head out for their first European tours soon. Private Lives have a run of US dates, and Sweeping Promises finish out the Western leg of their North American tour.

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