Imperial Leisure Bio:
Managing to be both intense and dance-able and insanely catchy, it carries the Imperial Leisure guarantee of crowd and band alike having the time of their lives.
From their humble beginnings as a college party band born out of school friendships, Alt-Ska band
Imperial Leisure go from strength to strength, forever evolving their style but sticking true to their reputation for delivering fun and high energy live performances. It's just a whisker under 10 years since their first tour supporting hiphop all-stars Ugly Duckling: they rocked it then and they've kept on rocking it all the while since, supporting many bigger bands such as Roots Manuva, Less Than Jake and Young Blood Brass Band. With numerous festival appearances under their belt, the band have been wowing crowds all over the UK from the super-sized Glastonbury and Bestival to the more modest scaled affairs such as the family friendly Blissfields and the jewel of alternativeness that is 2000 Trees Festival.
Renowned as champions of the live arena, Imperial Leisure have also paid their dues in the studio too, with two fine self-released albums under their belts. Debut album ‘The Art of Saying Nothing’ smashed on to the scene back in 2008 and was described by Radio 1 as having a sound "of epic
proportions", and although sophomore release Death To The One Trick Pony displayed a darker side the party was still very much in full swing, albeit with the casualties racking up!
So now, the band have a third album clearly in their sights: they’re hard at work on what promises to be a show stomping, vibed-up display of musicianship, energy and spontaneity. On-side for the third coming are producers Peter Miles and James Bragg, who having worked with the likes of The Skints and The King Blues come highly recommended. Featuring on brass we have original member Rob O’Neale returning on trumpet along-side Jerome Harper (Brassroots) razzing things up on the trombone; Richard Cox (keys), Ben Bridges (guitar) and Jack Emmings (Bass) join founding member
Scott Vining (drums) to make up the rhythm section. Denis Smith (aka dboy dnice) with his pogo sticks for legs takes the rains on main vocals with Ushwin Pye backing up (Orikai-Mumcuss).
On the live tip Imperial Leisure bolster the brass line-up to include young up-and-comings Justas Keliuotis, Russell Spencer (Ghouls) and Dave Medland (Danny Fontaine and The Horns of Fury).
The fresh legs on these booze-fuelled reprobates gives Imperial Leisure a renewed energy, and with the new album being released on FXD Records combined with new live representation from Hidden Talent Booking, 2014 could well be a big one for the ska-inspired festival favourites.