Leprous Announce North American Tour With The Ocean

Leprous have announced a headlining North American tour. The Ocean will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

03/01 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
03/02 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
03/03 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
03/04 Toronto, ON – The Opera House – Toronto
03/05 Montreal, QC – L’Astral
03/06 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
03/08 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
03/09 New York, NY – Sony Hall
03/10 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – Downstairs
03/11 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03/12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03/13 Charlotte, NC – The Underground – Charlotte
03/15 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
03/16 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
03/17 Nashville, TN – Exit / In
03/18 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
03/19 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
03/21 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
03/22 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
03/23 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles
03/24 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
03/25 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/26 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
03/27 Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/29 South Salt Lake, UT – The Commonwealth Room
03/30 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
03/31 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
04/01 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
04/02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

Leprous Premiere “Nighttime Disguise” Music Video

Leprous have premiered a new video for their new song “Nighttime Disguise.” This track is from the band’s new album “Aphelion,“ which is available now.

The following was said about the clip in a press release:

“The music video for ‘Nighttime Disguise‘ is based on footage filmed and produced by the company Munin Live as part of the livestream project ‘Let’s write a song together’, which took place on January 2021 and for which the band was under the sights of video cameras 24/7 at the studio Ocean Sound Recordings to write this composition based on the vote of their fans.”

The band added:

“‘Nighttime Disguise‘ started as an experiment, where we let the fans join us virtually in the studio, and being able to vote for different parameters to write a song: Time signature(s), key(s), what kind of instruments, vocal style(s) and range, lyrical content etc. Our original plan was to have the result as a bonus track, but we ended up so happy with it that we couldn’t let it pass. Sometimes certain limitations force you to think differently and push you to new and more creative directions! This video shows a lot from the week of the songwriting, arrangement and production of ‘Nighttime Disguise‘.”

Leprous Announce “Aphelion” Livestream Performances

Leprous will be celebrating the release of their new album “Aphelion” (out August 27) by performing it in full during some virtual shows on August 25. The sets will stream live from the Notodden Teater in Notodden, Norway at 7:00pm CEST and at 7:00pm EDT. Tickets can be found HERE.

Leprous Premiere “Running Low” Music Video

Leprous have premiered a new video for their new song “Running Low.” This track is from the band’s new album “Aphelion,“ which will be released on August 27. Einar Solberg commented:

“The initial idea for ‘Running Low‘ started when I had decided to force myself to write a sketch on my phone on a way up to a mountain top called ‘Himingen’ in Telemark, Norway. It felt completely pointless while I was doing it, but when I came back, I was able to go further with it and actually structure it into a proper composition. Then we met up in Cederberg Studios together with the band to take it even further. This song is a proof that even the smallest sparks can turn into a big flame. Despite being a band who always wants to explore new territories, I believe ‘Running Low‘ can easily unite both our old and new fan base.”

Leprous To Release New Album “Aphelion” In August

Leprous have announced that their new album “Aphelion” will be released on August 27. Pre-orders and a new song from the effort will be available on June 25,

Einar Solberg commented:

“We had no plans to start with a new album, then came Covid. ‘Aphelion‘ is a very different album. It’s intuitive and spontaneous. We’ve experimented with many completely different ways of writing music and explored new ways to work. There has been no room for overthinking, exaggerated perfectionism or carefully planned songs. I believe this is one of the strengths of this album. It feels alive, it feels free and it does not come across as too calculated.

The album was recorded in three different studios, and a few of the songs were actually recorded in all three studios, Ghost Ward Studios, Ocean Sound Recordings and Cederberg Studios.

The aphelion is the point in the orbit of an object where it is farthest from the sun, and it has a symbolic value which I will leave to your own interpretation.”

In other news, the group will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary on a European/UK tour:

12/01 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
12/03 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
12/04 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
12/05 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
12/06 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
12/07 Vienna, AUT – Arena
12/08 Esch, LUX – Rockhal
12/09 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
12/10 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo 1
12/11 Madrid, SPA – LAB
12/13 Milan, ITA – Live Club
12/14 Aarau, SWI – KiFF
12/15 Munich, GER – Technikum
12/16 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater

Leprous To Stream “Malina” & “Pitfalls” Performances This Weekend, Share Behind The Scenes Look At Their Sessions For “Castaway Angels”

Leprous have announced a couple of streaming concerts at the Notodden Teater in Notodden, Norway. The first one will take place on February 20 and it will feature a full performance of “Malina.“ The second one will take place on February 21 and it will feature a full performance of “Pitfalls“. Tickets are available at munin.live.

The band commented:

“We are not a band made to sit still, so we look very much forward for this weekend playing hybrid concerts on stage with both ‘Malina‘ and ‘Pitfalls‘ in its entirety. Everything will be streamed in high quality real time from the same stage as the combined stream we did with Ihsahn in December, at the Notodden Theater. Two songs from ‘Pitfalls‘ have never ever been played live, and one from ‘Malina‘ has more or less never been played live either, so it’s a nice way to step up our game!”

In other news, the group have also shared a behind the scenes look at the sessions for their song “Castaway Angels.“ They said the following about that:

“2020 was a different year for everyone. After a strict lock down during the spring, we were finally allowed to work together face to face. However, the border into Sweden was still off limits for us. This meant that we had to find a studio in Norway, as opposed to recording with our good friend and producer David Castillo at Gröndahl in Stockholm.

Being forced to think in new directions can be an unpleasant and challenging experience, but it can also open new opportunities and relationships. In our case, luckily, it was the latter. We got in contact with the guys from the magical ‘Ocean Sound Recordings’ at Giske, just outside the city of Ålesund. This was the start of a beautiful relationship that has added a new dimension to Leprous’ sound.

Our first session at Ocean Sound resulted in the making and documentation of ‘Castaway Angels‘, released December 4th. This video documents the making of CA and it’ll give you a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how we worked together, as well as our individual reflections on how this session took part in shaping us as a band.

Without this project, it’s likely that the idea of the ‘Let’s write a song together’-concept never would’ve been born. Thank you so much for your continued support of our work as musicians and artists!”

[via The PRP]

Ihsahn And Leprous Announce Streaming Event

Ihsahn and Leprous have announced a special streaming concert. The event will take place on December 20 and tickets can be found HERE. Both acts issued a joint statement:

“The collaboration between Ihsahn and Leprous goes back the better part of two decades, where songs, members and performances have been heavily intertwined. This exclusive performance will celebrate these connections even further!”

Leprous Premiere “Castaway Angels” Video

Leprous have premiered a new song titled “Castaway Angels.” You can find an official video for that below:

Einar Solberg commented:

“This year we’ve all had to readjust our lives, do new things. Missed out on things we were supposed to do, and find new things to do. One day in the beginning of the corona outbreak in Norway I came to TorO’s house with a song we were supposed to work on together.

The problem was that I was already finished with the sketch we were supposed to be working on (which was later on thrown away as it wasn’t that good after all), so we just sat down to try to make something new. Him with the acoustic guitar, and me with my voice.

During a quite short time, we came up with the main structure of what was later to become “Castaway Angels“. Very basic, very pure and no technology to distract us. Just the melody and the guitar. So once we got in the amazing Ocean Sound Recording near Aalesund, Norway we continued that approach with the full band. We recorded the song together in the studio (when we were not busy sitting in the Jacuzzi being in awe by the view) in one take, after jamming together for one evening.

It’s so typical to get obsessed with details, perfectionism and layers. But here we just wanted to play together. Do something pure and simple. I’m very pleased with the result, and can’t wait for everyone to hear how we’ve been spending time together when we were supposed to be on tour.”

In other news, Solberg will also be playing a piano-led virtual concert at the Telemark Gallery in Notodden, Norway. The show will stream on December 6 and tickets can be purchased HERE.

Leprous Premiere “The Sky Is Red” Live Video

Leprous have shared a new live video for “The Sky Is Red.” The clip was filmed during the band’s March 1 show in Lisbon, Portugal. The track appears on their latest album “Pitfalls.” In other news, the group have also reissued their albums “Coal” and “The Congregation” on vinyl today (July 3) as well.