For Immediate Release: April 20, 2018
Sydney-sider and multi-instrumentalist Leroy Francis was the kid at school who always had a broken arm. Growing up bored and restless on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Francis abandoned the coast and left for the city as soon as he was able to, playing in bands and working in dive bars to earn his keep. A terrible insomniac, he has seen more sunrises than sunsets and has spent a thousand sleepless nights building a dense and unruly catalogue of scrappy recordings and effortlessly charming compositions on his tape machine.
On May 18th, Leroy Francis will release S.O.R.E. -- his debut, six-track EP. Recorded by David Tolomai (Beach House, Future Islands) and produced by Dean Tuza (Mossy, Stella Donnelly), the EP will reach listeners like a punch to the gut with a kiss on the cheek. Through raucous guitar and propulsive beats, Francis's dreamy vocals travel through themes of love and lust, like honey-coated gravel.
After emerging shy and wistful on album opener "Going Steady," Francis slips into "Intoxicated Dreams," a psychedelic "hypnotic siren song" (The Line of Best Fit) that depicts a doomed love. Francis proves he is a glutton for punishment on "Carry Me," a rambunctious and beer-skolling house party anthem. Next is "Comatose," which kicks off with a relentless and syncopated Krautrock hypno-rhythm and squealing guitars. Then, in the EP's autobiographical closer "Sleeping Ain't Easy," a delirious Francis takes us under the sheets with a sex-laden croon akin to a punch-drunk Elvis.
Leroy Francis's S.O.R.E. EP will be released on May 18 via World State Recordings.
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"Whilst 'Carry Me' finds a balance between a gritty garage rock track with some post-punk sensibilities, [it] also possesses some subtle, more saccharine undertones that seep out between the strings of Francis’ whiney but vibrant melodic guitar."
- I OH YOU