Leverage Models, Maria Minerva

Leverage Models is the recent creation of producer, performer and Pentecostal cult survivor Shannon Fields. Leverage Models songs follow deeply broken human and animal characters set in miniature, lost countries where corporate jargon, self-loathing, fear, & desperate nihilism grow limbs and walk around. However, Leverage Models' music privileges immediate pleasure, dancing, unhinged joy, and draws an alternate history of 'roots' music that largely abandons fashionable and canonized tastes. At the turn of 2014 the debut Leverage Models LP materialized and drew comparisons to ABC, Scritti Politti, Material, Happy Mondays, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, The Associates, & Tears for Fears. PopMatters gave it a 9.0 score and called it “intensely visceral”. Pitchfork gave it an 8.2 and called it a “10 track wonder that hits all the pleasure centers”. The Village Voice called it “infatuating” and Other Music called it “undeniably infectious”. Leverage Models toured nationally for several months with an unsustainable amount of percussion, and then withdrew from performance for the better part of the year. This is their first show in a long while.

Maria Minerva

born in the bedroom out of boredom, desperation and loneliness, maria minerva is maria juur (b.1988) from tallinn, estonia, currently based in london, uk.

Landing in London recently with a brand new project under the Beca pseudonym, “Let’s Run Wild” is the New Yorker's debut EP on This Is Music, revealing a fresh, darker, moodier sound that fits Beca like a glove.

Ashley Beedle’s remix of “Let’s Run Wild” takes the original’s smooth sound, and cranks things up a gear, creating a sonically powerful track that promises peak-time dancefloor action and a rattling of soundsystems worldwide. On the B-side, Klic (better known under his alternative alias ‘Medlar’) creates a big and bassy house/garage hybrid using cut up vocals. B-side bonus track “Fall Into Light” shifts the mood back to the dark atmospherics that hold this project together, and describes a powerful tale of desire and forbidden romance, while an electric ride of stripped-back beats takes you on an effortless journey through the music.

Imagine a female Serge Gainsbourg produced by the RZA. “Let’s Run Wild” covers a whole range of sounds and emotions, and reaches out from the depths of the subconscious to grab you by the scruff of the neck and demand repeated listening.

Tippy Toes

Tippy Toes plays electro and house music performed live on analog gear.



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Leverage Models, Maria Minerva with Beca, Tippy Toes

Thursday, October 3 · Doors 8:30 PM at Glasslands Gallery