1. Hi Leahy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thankfully, we’ve been well during the pandemic. And being home for a lengthy period time, without touring interruptions, we’ve enjoyed quality writing and recording time.
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tears”?
Tears is a song that Julie Frances brought to the band – one that she had in her vault for a while. This song takes something that is often thought of as negative and looks at it in a different way – tears – as a gift to our lives that they can be in many necessary ways. So, from that perspective, the song wanted to be strong, emotional and positive all at the same time.
3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not a particular event, more a series of events over time, and reflecting on the idea that there are other ways to look at things, even difficult situations or struggles. Also, the idea of “getting it out”, physically expressing emotion, letting things go, there’s a lot that can be said about a good cry!
4. Any plans to release a music video for the song?
We would love to – at this point COVID is getting in the way but stay tuned.
5. The single comes off your new album Good Water – what’s the story behind the title?
The title Good Water is actually an allegory of love. We use water as a symbol of love since both water and love are universally needed and thirsted for by all people.
6. How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for GW happened over the course of a number of years; on tour in dressing rooms, hotel rooms, during sound check; and then in various formations of smaller groups of people at home. We were actually tweaking lyrics right up to the moment of recording. GW was the very first piece we recorded on this album. And it was a real pleasure to include electric guitarists, Bill Dillon and Adam Agati on this track, along with Rob Wells’ programming, which really added to the fullness of the overall sound.
7. What role does Canada play in your music?
It is difficult to give an objective answer to this question. However, one noticeable point is that Canada does specialize in producing great folk and roots music which are the bedrock for our sound and style. Growing up in Lakefield, Ontario was certainly a plus because, not only were we rooted as the 5th generation of Leahys there, but we also had access to a wide range of musical genres given our proximity to Toronto. Touring across the country multiple times has been also very formative, not only in giving us exposure to musical and cultural diversity, but also to the sheer reality of Canada’s geographical expansiveness. No doubt this exposure has impacted us in many ways we can’t even see, including encouraging us to approach musical creativity with a sense of openness and freedom.
8. How does your own personal family bond influenced this album and your music as a whole?
On this album you’ll hear influences of several genres with songs and songwriting being somewhat more prominent. This makes sense as we all have different tastes in music and everyone brings different musical skills. Having played music with each other for literally all of our lives, the band is tight, we’re pretty tuned into each other. But that doesn’t mean we’re all the same! The tracks on this album spotlight different instruments, ideas and sounds, meaning there are lots of layers to experience.
9. Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The songs and lyrics came from us all – different ideas. Some of the songs are 30 years in the
making and others new. Right from the start, though, the title track, “Good Water”, set the tone both musically and thematically. Although we all come from different perspectives or places, we’re all in it together, everyone wants (thirsts for) good things, we can make that happen by working together. Persevere – don’t give up.
10. What else is happening next in Leahy’s world?
We’re working on a new album and excited about the material coming forward. Xavier, Frank’s son, continues to develop his composing, which is both traditional and progressive in style, and we’re delighted to watch him grow as a musician.
Listen to the focus track “Tears” here: https://soundcloud.com/user-210585602/tears/s-csQa2gdi84u