We dragged Leucine's boys from various college courses in Bangor,
Liverpool and Manchester to Machine Rooms studios in Cardiff, with
producer Richard Jackson, (credits include Future Of The Left, The
Automatic, Bullet For My Valentine, and currently working with The
Leucine are Tom (Vocals), Jonny (guitars), Adam
(Guitars/vox), Russ (Bass/vox), and Andy (drums).
Beth: What's the Leucine potted history so far then?
Leucine: We've been a band for about two years, three of us were in
another band initially, we all came together to form Leucine. There was
this venue in Rhyl called Frames, which we all hung out at, and met
there, and that's how it all started. We didn't have a real clear idea
to start with but we just followed our influences, bands like Senses
Fail etc, lots of American Bands.
Beth: Is there a good rock scene around Rhyl?
Leucine: There was, but not any more. But there's a new venue for
events in Rhyl, which is good, but until then the scene's died a bit...
nearly died, we are trying to keep it alive. There are a few bands on
the North Wales coast doing pretty well for themselves, getting out
there, like Bastions
. They're worth checking out.
Beth: What are your lyrics about?
Tom, Leucine: I don't have any rules, just draft stuff until I find
something I really like, a lot of them about going out, being a bit of
a lad, having a good time. Then also, I write about relationships and
stuff like that. It may be a bit clichéd but it's what I know! I'm
trying to have a bit more depth and meaning in my lyrics.
Beth: The way you've recorded your demos is a bit different.
Leucine: We've had studio experience in the past and thought that it turns
out to be a bit expensive, so we contacted Gerald Lee in Texas via a
blog website, and he wanted to mix our songs. Sent him all the parts
and he sent us mixes back, with plenty of feedback from us, till we had
the finished songs! We knew how we wanted to sound, and that was it!
Beth: And have you a new community of online friends?
Leucine: We've been able to distribute our ep online for free, so there's
links for people to add to their sites and download link, we just want
to spread the word.
Beth: And have you been getting some new friends all over the world from the website?
Leucine: We've had amazing response from our Last.fm site
, it tracks
people's music listening and we've had quite a few fans in Russia for
some reason. We've had a few offers of people asking us to come to
Moscow to play gigs. That would be amazing someday maybe!
At Machine Rooms, I asked producer Richard Jackson what he thought
of the young band. "They're a great bunch of guys," he said. "Very enthusiastic,
and being an old school punk I dig where they're coming from, like
Minor Threat, Dag Nasty and other American Hardcore bands. I think they
should do well!"
Hear the full session on the show this Wednesday, or online for the next seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio1/bethanelfyn