LEAGUES

As frontman of the new Nashville-based band Leagues, Thad Cockrell wants to be clear: their sound is not music for cynical ears or the pretentious.

“As music gets smaller and more fractured, we wanted to write songs that would stand over that – something big and American. My favorite music connects people and engages you to participate. Even if you look at folk music, those songs got passed down because it was something people could sing together.”

Launching with a three-song EP and seven more tunes on the way, Leagues is comprised of musicians accomplished in their own right: Thad Cockrell (lead vocals), Tyler Burkum (guitar), Jeremy Lutito (drums) and Mike Simons (bass). With a mutual appreciation for their own personal styles, the four set out to create something different than what each had done individually.

In 2010 the band began writing together and testing the songs during one-off shows. “Everything came about organically – relationally and musically,” said Thad. “We put a lot of emotion and spirit into it with influences from Dylan to Stevie Wonder to Peter Gabriel.”

The group has recorded 10 songs with the plan to release the full LP before the end of the year. “We went ahead and released these three songs to show people what we are doing and let the music speak for itself.”

The Dig's sound has been developing ever since the band's two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old. After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands since they were 16 years old. Anchored by sharp guitars, a woozy synth backdrop and airtight vocal harmonies, the new album Midnight Flowers which is produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo, Swans, Antony & The Johnsons) came out on May 29, 2012 on Buffalo Jump Records. It recalls styles ranging from T. Rex to Brian Eno to The Everly Brothers.

Following their acclaimed 2010 debut, "Electric Toys," The Dig amassed a passionate national fan base with magnetic live performances, and have since shared the stage with bands such as Portugal. The Man, The Antlers, and The Walkmen. The band began writing new songs while on the road and between tours. "When we were writing 'I Already Forgot Everything You Said,'" Baldwin recalls, "we had just gotten off the road with The Antlers and we were listening to a lot of Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind.' I think those influences found their way into that song particularly." Mark Demiglio (drums) moved to New York from Texas to join the band following the recording of "Midnight Flowers.

To celebrate the release of "Midnight Flowers," The Dig has created a limited number of cassette tapes containing the album's first two singles: "Red Rose In The Cold Winter Ground" and "I Already Forgot Everything You Said." "Even though it takes us about fifteen minutes to make each individual cassette, which is done using an old boom box in the back of our van between shows," says Mosseri, "we like the idea of having the songs that we recorded using analog tape machines available on cassette. For our fans who have moved on from 1995, each cassette also comes with a digital download."

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Friday, October 18 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Pub Rock