We unashamedly declare Leoprrrds one of our Berlin-band crushes, and with good reason: Their sparse sound gives room to ambitious melodies and group sings, sleek and powerful as the animal they're named after (with an additional 'r' or two). Indie charm by the bucket-load, as seen in their video for their 2017 single 'Out of Practice', this is a band not to miss.
Tell us a little about your band.
Victoria: Guitar, bass and drums. Classic minimalist line-up. A lot of people describe us as nineties-sounding. Which I take as a compliment.
Ian: I guess we play indie rock? Although a recent review described us as 'post-punk bohemian folk', which I quite enjoyed.
What’s been your best moment as a band so far?
Maya: Recording our EP last summer with Tad Klimp at Salon Berlin, especially the session we spent recording feedback using this massive analogue distortion unit (aka Sherman Filterbank). I mean there’s always something slightly stressful about recording, but looking back: so much fun!
Ian: For me there have been a lot (already!), but I would probably say the time we opened for the incredible Kala Brisella at Internet Explorer last year; great venue, great band, great crowd. Also that’s when we met the guys from Späti Palace who were kind enough to release our tape!
How do you prepare for a gig?
Victoria: Doing vocal warm-ups with youtube ‘American Idol’-style teachers and feeling quite ridiculous about it.
Ian: Heavy drinking.
If you could have anyone in the audience at Bang On fest for your set, who would you choose and why?
Ian: Do we get to talk to them afterwards? There are so many to choose from! I would say Tender Prey-era Nick Cave, but there might be a severe heckling risk. Leonard Cohen? I would have so many questions...
What does Bang On Fest mean to you?
Ian: I have a huge amount of gratitude and respect for anyone who devotes their time/energy/money/cosmic life-force to promoting DIY music. Over the years that I’ve been playing in bands I’ve collected a lot of happy memories thanks to people like Bang On who took their love of music and turned it into something bigger and long-lasting. From one pub-toilet-poster-sticker-upper to another, I salute you!
Maya: And… I’ve been working and performing in the music industry for a while now (what feels like my whole life); crossing over between classical and experimental music, to indie-rock-punk-pop (call it whatever). There’s so much to talk about when it comes to gender relations in this industry. It’s great to take part in a festival promoting women in music. We need more women on stage!
Bang On Fest is all about promoting women in music. Favourite female artist?
Victoria: I could go on and on, because I nearly only like female artists. Kathleen Hanna, Marnie Stern, Kate Bush, Carrie Brownstein, Nina Simone, Anna von Hausswolff, Janis Joplin, Janet Weiss, Robyn, Kim Gordon.
Ian: I was trying to think of someone less obvious than PJ Harvey, but as for my favourite female artist I would have to say… PJ Harvey.
What can people look forward to about your set?
Ian: Guitars! Bass! Drums! Singing! All at the same time! (Largely at the same time!)
Catch Leoprrrds at Bang On Fest, April 7th.