Dear Leaders

Live Act Indie Alternative Rock Kraut Rock Dream Pop Indie
Dear Leaders - Indie Alternative Rock Kraut Rock Dream Pop Indie Live Act in London

Dear Leaders Short Info

Formed amid the thriving Bristol music scene at the end of their student days in the city,
Dear Leaders meld fragments of electro, krautrock, and ethereal dreampop together using warping
synth, clattering drums and spaced-out guitar.

2014 has seen Dear Leaders recording brand new material to follow up their previous EPs,
including the new single ʻFind Meʼ, a dark, brooding track which also sees the release of the bandʼs
first video, a shadowy tale of surveillance and the subconscious, conceived and shot by Newcastle born writer and director Siobhan Schwartzberg. The single and its b-side ʻA Hook For A Lipʼ were
marked out for special praise by NME, with the band featured as one of the magazineʼs most
promising new artists.

Dear Leadersʼ debut EP 'Not Summer', home recorded and self-released in 2012, mixed wistful
melancholia with sprawling, widescreen electronic soundscapes, with the record written over the
course of two years that saw numerous sea changes and relocations via Burma, Norwich and
London.

Tracks like the brooding ʻColdʼ, with its wistful winter beats reflect this upheaval, while the
soothing Warp-like electronics of the instrumental title track ʻNot Summerʼ hark back to simpler
times, having morphed from an early bedroom demo into a hypnotic, fully-formed live favourite.
The song was featured on BBC Radio 6Music as one of DJ Tom Robinsonʼs hand-picked favourite
new tracks, with the band also interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol and praised as one to watch.

Recent collaborations include work with Bristol artist Katy Christianson, with her intricately detailed
artwork fronting the screen-printed, hand-made art card release of their second EP ʻNight Was The
Timeʼ - this record saw the band take a step back from the electronic sound of their chaotic live
shows as a quartet, showcasing a stripped- back collection of intensely warm songs, with drums and synths replaced by acoustic guitars and organ.

With triumphant appearances at the Bristol Dot To Dot Festival and Bristol Harbour Festival under
their belts alongside regular performances at London venues including Hoxton Square Bar &
Kitchen, Proud Camden and The Finsbury, Dear Leaders have forged a reputation as a brilliant yet
uncompromising live band with shows alongside artists such as Years & Years, Womanʼs Hour and TEEN.

Formed amid the thriving Bristol music scene at the end of their student days in the city,
Dear Leaders meld fragments of electro, krautrock, and ethereal dreampop together using warping
synth, clattering drums and spaced-out guitar.

2014 has seen Dear Leaders recording brand new material to follow up their previous EPs,
including the new single ʻFind Meʼ, a dark, brooding track which also sees the release of the bandʼs
first video, a shadowy tale of surveillance and the subconscious, conceived and shot by Newcastle born writer and director Siobhan Schwartzberg. The single and its b-side ʻA Hook For A Lipʼ were
marked out for special prai...

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Past Gigs Dear Leaders

  • 09 | 2015 Hackney Wick, London
  • 05 | 2015 The Sebright Arms, London w/ ALPHABETIC
  • 11 | 2014 WWII Bunker, Dalston, London MINESHAFT
  • 10 | 2014 The Finsbury, London 'Find Me' single launch show
  • 07 | 2014 St Chrysostom's Church, Manchester Pandamouse I
  • 05 | 2014 The Finsbury, London
  • 10 | 2013 No. 51 Stokes Croft, Bristol Oxjam Bristol 2013
  • 10 | 2013 Parlour Showrooms, Bristol COLOURS
  • 04 | 2013 Start The Bus, Bristol w/ TEEN
  • 12 | 2011 Thekla, Bristol
  • 09 | 2011 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London w/ Woman's Hour
  • 03 | 2011 The Louisiana, Bristol
  • 01 | 2011 Proud Camden, London

Discography Dear Leaders

  • 2014 Find Me Single |
  • 2013 Night Was The Time EP |
  • 2012 Not Summer EP |

Media

  • Sound A Hook For A Lip
  • Video Dear Leaders - Find Me

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • Jess Whelligan vocals/guitars
  • George Wigmore bass/vocals
  • Patrick Burland drums
  • Tim Wong keyboards