Following their incendiary 2022 debut album 'Fiesta', Bologna’s Leatherette announce the delivery of an even more provocative and sophisticated record with the follow-up, 'Small Talk'. Emboldened by the acclaim won by 'Fiesta', 'Small Talk' finds Leatherette breaking free of the post-punk straitjacket some were keen to strap them in, indulging their love of wild noise and twisted pop. The new album will be released on 3rd November via Bronson Recordings.
Today they release the first single 'Ronaldo', a song that explodes in jazz and shoegaze elements, a desperate scream that leads to new romantic riffs, a tormented sax solo and melancholy vocals. A tune of inspired action and emotional turbulence, that talks of separation and of deep malaise.
Leatherette's second album is clearly the work of a group ready to take flight in a new direction and it transcends all they have done before. It coins a voice uniquely their own, driven by the same furies that propelled 'Fiesta', but finding fresh new forms for expression. It boasts some of their most unabashed pop songs to date – albeit pop that's deftly twisted, pointedly perverse and ready to explode when you least expect it. It also contains some of the group's most challenging and uncompromising noise yet, the violent swinging back-and-forth between ugly din and nagging tunefulness a (molotov) cocktail that grows only more addictive with each listen. A smart, bold and focused thrill ride that sounds like nothing else out there.
PRAISE FOR DEBUT ALBUM 'FIESTA'
"There is something in Bologna..." Iggy Pop
"Like King Krule being drugged by origi-goths Bauhaus and then dragged on a tour of Weimar-era Berlin night spots" The New Cue
“Feral post-punk that falls into dreamy euro noir atmospheres" American Pancake
"A kettle in the face. The songs are incredibly weird and go in different directions. Forward, then across again. There is also a saxophone that I had to get used to, but now I can't do without it” We Love That Sound
“Ten compelling songs of the highest visceral order” Doubtful Sounds
“What a debut!” Ox Magazine
“A quintet whose car-crash of jagged noise, twisted love and dark, anguished melody has delivered a remarkable – and eminently combustible – debut album” Moshville
“The guitar-driven sounds are mixed with jazz and distorted rock influences to produce tracks… that will make you want to get right into the middle of the mosh pit and finally satisfy the frustration and anger of your “inner teenager” The Curve Magazine
"Post-punk acts always have the potential to give shape and articulation to the intolerability of modern life. Leatherette not only accomplishes this feat, but manages to do it in a manner that is intelligent, forward-thinking, and heavy with eloquent sass” I Thought I Heard a Sound
“The band stomp furiously, cross-rhythms and send us with a snap of our fingers into a jazzy cocktail bar in the Twilight Zone” Kranch Fink