Since shoulder charging into the hearts and minds of party hounds, hopeless romantics and music lovers the nation over with blistering singles ‘Carry Me’, ‘Going Steady’ and ‘Intoxicated Dreams’, Sydney based anomaly and musical prodigy Leroy Francis offers his debut EP, S.O.R.E, out today.
As dynamic and charged as the man himself, S.O.R.E hits like a simultaneous kiss on the cheek and punch to the gut. The six tracks lurch between the woozy lullabies of ‘Sleeping Aint Easy’ and ‘Intoxicated Dreams’ to raucous garage rock face-melters ‘Carry Me’ and ‘Comatose’, each cut calculated, purposeful and evocative. Leroy Francis weaponzes fuzzy guitars, his quintessential honeyed growl and propulsive percussion throughout the body of work. It’s title, an acronym for ‘Songs On Repeat Everyday’, is also representative of the injuries Francis sustained in the recording process; including but not limited to crushing his hand and breaking three bones, two broken ribs, fracturing his sternum, two concussions a dislocated shoulder and a bout of rabies.
It wasn’t all unfortunate mishaps, however, Francis, with the help of engineer David Tolmai (Beach House, Future Islands) and producer Dean Tuza (Mossy, Stella Donnelly) who meticulously tracked each instrument heard on S.O.R.E. Traversing lyrical themes of love and lust, the debut EP from Francis is punctuated with relentless and syncopated krautrock hypno-rhythm and guitars that screech and squeal in the distance, carried by wistful croons of a sensitive and somewhat isolated creative.
Leroy Francis’ debut EP S.O.R.E premiered via Monster Children this week and is OUT TODAY via World State Recordings.
PRAISE FOR LEROY FRANCIS
‘Francis has pulled together a bunch of tracks that will be your new companion for afternoons spent by the campfire or the replacement for that warm, dreamy hug we all yearn for from time to time.’
– Monster Children
”Intoxicated Dreams is a hallucinogenic hotpot that’s full of wonder’
– Line of Best Fit
‘Sounds like garage-rock glory’
‘Newcomer Leroy Francis sounds like a hypo-tonic Ariel Pink rolling around in gravel.’
– STACK Magazine
‘…has that woozy, ’80s aesthetic that wouldn’t be out of place over the end credits of a John Hughes film.’
”…finds a balance between a gritty garage rock track with some post-punk sensibilities, today’s Juice also possesses some subtle, more saccharine undertones that seep out between the strings of Francis’ whiney but vibrant melodic guitar.’
– Freshly Squeezed, I OH YOU