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Bay Area heavy post-punk band Thought Leaders have announced their forthcoming full-length debut, In Wastelands. The new band is made up of underground punk vets, including ex-members of The Mass (Crucial Blast Records), Totimoshi, and Dora Flood.
The modern, aggressive post-punk quartet dishes out addictive, saturated songs in the vein of Killing Joke, Bauhaus, and Gang of Four. However, the band’s sound is an interesting pivot for its members—coming from backgrounds in heavy prog acts The Mass (Crucial Blast Records) and Totimoshi, psychedelic Britpop Dora Flood, and wiry post-rockers Lower Forty Eight—some of whom have also switched instruments in this new configuration.
Thought Leaders was formed when Tyler Cox (drums, The Mass) and Andrew Lund (bass, The Mass; guitar, Lower Forty-Eight) decided to start writing music in the vein of dark, gritty post-punk bands from the 80s, pulling from a wide array of influences like early Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Wire. Singer Ville V, no stranger to the sound that was being constructed, joined and immediately began contributing lyrics, melodies, and music of his own. Kirk Snedeker was invited to play drums and was a perfect fit, having grown up absorbing many of the same influences. The band works collaboratively, with all members contributing musical ideas and production to create a sonic whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
In Wastelands will be available for download on July 9th, 2021 via King Of Sticks label.