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INTERVIEW: Vegas Alt Rock Band Leather Bound Crooks

Q: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

A: Thanks for having us. We’ve been busy, but busy doing what we love, so what more could we ask for?

Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Delivered”?

A: “Delivered” originally was a poem & pilot by Brian Scott Sherman with headway to rework into a song. He reached out to us during his hunt for a band to help tell his story through music. The song is about one man’s journey to find love again & show gratitude for it. We co-wrote the song with him and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. 

Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A: Brian Scott Sherman’s story was the inspiration. It’s quite an experience to walk in someone else’s shoes, feel the pain they endured, re-live memories with them and share happiness together.

Q: How were you drawn to the book Lessons Learned: An Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Life

A:The book came to us. We met Brian, heard his story and the book was introduced after. So we were really drawn to brian.

Q: Was the song and visuals always inspired by the book or it happen throughout the process? 

A: Most of it happened throughout the process. After getting to know Brian more and more, the dynamics changed and so did the art. 

Q: How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

A: It was a lot of fun. Dalton Campbell of Tiny Desert Films recorded and edited the video. He has a wealth of filming knowledge and was great to work with. We recorded in 4 separate locations, one of which was the Artisan Hotel and Boutique. We rented out an entire floor and it was like a big party. We were building sets in some rooms, doing wardrobe and makeup in another, and getting to know everyone that came together to create this with us. 

Q: The single comes off your new album Breach – what’s the story behind the title?

A: Breach is an escape (or debut), the story behind LBC has always been someone in a padded cell hushed away with too many truths to tell. Breach is another phase, an admirable, & devoted attempt at life.

Q: How was the recording and writing process?

A: Most songs we wrote the compositions in a group setting. Sometimes it can be stressful, but the end result is always worth it. When it comes to recording, we have a pretty good system. Pat Hundley has been recording us for years and we are always improving our recording relationship. 

Q: Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work? 

A: Departure seems flagrant. Breach is an evolution from works we’ve done before.

Q: What role does Las Vegas play in your music?

A: Well being born & raised in Vegas, I can’t escape this city of opportunity, sin, & experience from anything that’s happened to me, its incorporated as inspiring. 

Q: What were some of the traumas you get to explore on this record?

A: The adolescent ones are still locked somewhere. The traumas in BREACH were experienced after ’21’ reflecting death, depression, heartbreak, violence, and our system. Living through history is a trip.

Q: Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

A: Life, as long as we keep acknowledging the experiences we gain knowledge from life. Not many people honestly & openly share what’s truly ailing them.

Q: Any plans to hit the road?

A: We are planning some dates right now in some cities across the US, but we can’t wait for festival season 2020. 

Q: What else is happening next in Leather Bound Crooks’ world?

A: We have a lot of exciting things in the works, like more music videos and new swanky merch, but at the same time LBC is still writing new songs on our journey to continue spreading love and awareness through music. 

Watch “Delivered” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws70tmczdDU

Listen Breachhttps://soundcloud.com/leather-bound-crooks/sets/breach-unreleased/s-NCZRf

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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