New Tune : Thought Leaders : Saturday Night Leave

Hey, how was your weekend?

Me? Ah, ya know, the usual.

Packed the car, overpaid a cleaning service to remove all biohazards from my apartment, drove to Pittsburgh, unpacked said car and hit PLAY on life once again.

If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a very hot, humid summer day, I highly recommend rolling down the windows and driving I-90E out of Chicago. If, by the time you clear Gary, you're not inspired to write a "Leaving Chicago" scratch-and-sniff book, well, you're a better person than me, which prolly goes without saying.

And that's saying nothing of the fact that the route is ripe with billboards for adult bookstores within sniffing distance of billboards reppin' The Naz.

Pink houses, kids. Pink houses.

But alas, I digress. Let's talk Thought Leaders, an Oakland-based four-piece with a lot of miles on the odometer, but plenty of tread left on the tires. Yeah, these cats did time in acts like Totimoshi, The Mass and Lower Forty-Eight, before joining forces in early-2019. Their dark angular sound harkens back to the late-80s, a time when we Midwestern kids used to shimmy, shake and hate the world, fueled on a toxic mix of Black Label, hormones and Cheez Whiz. Not quite goth, not quite metal, definitely not quiet, this tonic will surely appeal to fans of bands like Bauhaus, Echo and the Bunnymen and Killing Joke.

"Saturday Night Leave" is the second single from the band's full-length debut, In Wastelands, which will officially see the light of day on July 9th courtesy of King Of Sticks.

And since you're here, do you have any idea who Pittsburgh's rock overlord(s) is/are?

Nope, Joan Jett lived here for a while, but is not considered a native.

Who said Rusted Root?! Please leave.

Give up?

How 'bout this cat?

Who knew?


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