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Leonard

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Leonard consists of five friends that got together in 1998 to write some tunes. The common thread was the small township of Oratia at the foothills of the Waitakeres where their practise shed still stands to this day. Within the practise shed still lies the aging Leonard fridge after which the band was named.

After spending the winter of 98 writing songs and recording at York Street Studios, they emerged in September with the 'How Does That One Go?' EP. The single from the EP was called 'Paul Weller' which was included on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc #36 and was play listed on Channel Z. Leonard then spent most of 1999 making a video for the single, playing some live shows and writing more songs.

In 2000 it was back into York Street with Andrew Buckton to record the single 'Looking Up'. This track built on the success of the previous release and was the lead track on the Heatseeker Indie Hit Disc #11. 'Looking Up' then went on high rotate with Channel Z while 'Paul Weller' also continued to be played. This airplay combined with positive reviews in Rip It Up and other magazines led to a series of gigs and articles which continued through to the end of 2001.

With the money generated from CD sales, gigs, T-Shirts and APRA, it was then back to the practise shed and studio to embark on the most ambitious project to date: a self funded and entirely independent debut album. And now, after months of writing and recording, Leonard's debut album called 'An Implied Desire' was released in 2003.

Band Members:
Matt Barnett (guitar, backing vocals)
Andrew Parkin (drums)
Matt Moncur (guitar)
Mark Stebben (bass, backing vocals)
James Clark (guitar, vocals)

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New Leonard Single On NZ On Air Hitdisk
Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 4:34 pm
The new Leonard single 'The New Claire Swire' will feature on the latest NZ On Air Hitdisk to be released to radio stations soon.

This is the 3rd successive Leonard single to feature on a NZ On Air compilation, with their previous single 'Looking Up' appearing as the lead track on a previous Heatseeker Indie Hitdisk, and their debut radio track 'Paul Weller' being included on an earlier Kiwi Hitdisk.

All 3 tracks feature on their debut album 'An Implied Desire', which is available right now!
 

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RE: Leonard In Palmerston North
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 9:37 am
The venue for the Leonard gig in Palmerston North is the Guv'nors Tavern.

Further details can be found on the muzic.net.nz gig guide.
 

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Leonard In Palmerston North
Posted: Mon Jun 9, 2003 12:08 pm
Leonard will be performing in Palmerston North, with venue TBC.

Date: 9 August 2003
Featuring: Vocoder & Devil Gate Drive
 

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RE: New Leonard Single Out Next Week
Posted: Fri May 2, 2003 10:42 am
Further to previous post:

NZ On Air have approved a video grant for 'The New Claire Swire' to coincide with Leonard's album release and radio play listing.
 

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New Leonard Single Out Next Week
Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2003 5:52 pm
The first single from Auckland band Leonard's debut album is to be released to radio early next week.

'The New Claire Swire' is apparently "a tale of modern curiousity" and features the lyrics of the album title 'An Implied Desire'.

With the help of an NZ On Air grant, an accompanying video clip is currently in production. The new album is launched on 1 May 03 at the Kings Arms.
 

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Leonard Do Debut Album
Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2003 5:21 pm
Thanks to bands.co.nz for the following..

Following the success of their two EP's (which included the singles 'Paul Weller' and 'Looking Up') Leonard are stoked to be releasing their debut album on May 1st 2003.

After about a month of recording and mixing with Andrew Buckton at Studio 203, this entirely self funded and fully independent album called 'An Implied Desire' will be officially released at the Kings Arms on the first day of New Zealand Music month.

The first single from the album will be released to radio soon, so keep an eye out for it.

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