Leatherette have recently released their second album ‘Small Talk‘ via Bronson Recordings. They have also just been confirmed to play at next year’s ESNS Festival in Groningen (17-20 January 2024).
Today, they shared the video for single ‘The Ugliest’. A DIY, lo-fi affair that the band has described as “‘if ‘The Dude” had been directed by Edgar Wright”.
Previous album singles are the subterranean disco heaven ‘Bureaucracy Apocalypse‘, ‘Fade Away‘, the closest in their songbook to a ballad and ‘Ronaldo‘, a song that explodes in jazz and shoegaze elements.
Following their incendiary 2022 debut album ‘Fiesta’, Bologna’s Leatherette are ready to deliver 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.
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.