London rockers LEOGUN return to MOTR Pub on Thursday, June 27


Thursday, June 27, 2013
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 10 pm

LEOGUN distill gritty rock, swaggering blues, and haunting soul into anthemic and artful songs. The music remains strong, sexy, and staggering, echoing Jack White and Queens of the Stone Age with personal panache. In many ways, their entire ethos can be traced back to their name. LEOGUN means half-man and half-lion. It’s rather apropos with what’s roaring from their amps.

MTV premiered the music video for the band’s first single “Let’s Be Friends” in late September.  MSN’s Reverb blog proclaims “sometimes it’s just a good, cleansing blast for the ears to hear some straight-up rock,” saying the song “could be a Led Zeppelin outtake.”

The collaboration between Leogun and Yamaha came in part through the latter’s two-decade relationship with Elton John, whose management company, Rocket Entertainment Group, works with Leogun. In early 2012, Yamaha Entertainment Group’s founder Chris Gero heard the band and immediately signed them as the flagship act for the label.

Gero and Grammy Award-winning engineer Bryan Lenox brought the band to the iconic Blackbird Studios in Nashville where everyone from Kings of Leon to The White Stripes have recorded. Instead of using digital tools such as Pro Tools, they recorded straight to analog, unleashing Leogun’s potent blend of psychedelic hard rock and classic metal sound. 

FESTIVALS PLAYED:  SXSW, Kiss Kruise, CMJ Music Marathon, Bestival (England), Sonisphere (England), Creation of Peace Festival (Russia), Rockline Festival (Russia), Jelling Festival (Denmark), Getaway Rock Festival (Sweden), Music for Life Festival (England)