The Great Leslie are the London-based indie/alt rock outfit originally formed in June 2020, made up of Ollie Trevers on Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Julien Baraness on Lead Guitar, Jason Boyd on Bass and Ryan Lavender on Drums.
Since their very first release the band have seen a string of success’s with not one but two tracks crowned as BBC Introducing Suﬀolks Track Of The Week. The London quartet certainly didn’t let the pandemic slow them down securing further success with multiple plays on Planet Rock and Amazing Radio.
The band and VENTS are teaming up for the premiere of their hotly anticipated fifth single ‘That’s Alright’, a poignant and infectious dose of alt rock that tackles the social construct of morality. In this track band wrestle with their own past transgressions and what morality is. The band’s second oﬃcial release of the year is an explosive track showcasing the depth of their ever developing sound.
The single itself is yet another example of The Great Leslie’s ability to blend huge riﬀs with drum beats that groove, forging the inescapable urge to dance that has become a trademark of The Great Leslie. The vocal hook on the chorus is enough to make Brendon Urie blush all before dropping into a half time bridge that fuses a wall of guitars against a relentless rhythm section that makes you wonder what might have happened if Muse and Sea Girls had gotten together to collaborate.
More than that though, it’s how the single represents a message that everybody can relate to – that feeling of questioning one’s morality and having to accept previous mistakes to move on – something which frontman Ollie Trevers has always wrestled with in his lyrics.
Of the single, the band says “That’s Alright is about the absence of morality. The fact that morality is a social construct and accepting past transgressions. The idea developed organically from a holistic mindset when I took a step back and realised that often most other artists, write about what has happened in their lives, and whether it is subjectively good or bad. I’m rarely objective with my lyrics, like other artists, they are often driven by emotion; That’s Alright was my way of trying to break away from that approach and talk about something a bit diﬀerent. When I brought the early version to the band, we really worked hard on it. We played with the music, and structure at every practice trying to get it just right making it into the absolute banger that it is.”
The result is both an utterly relevant and completely enthralling slice of indie/alt rock that only The Great Leslie could conjure up. Straddling the lines between the anthemic stadium rock of Catfish & The Bottlemen and the disco-infused beats of Two Door Cinema Club, The Great Leslie have created something entirely new with ‘That’s Alright’, a blistering example of what it means to be a rock band in 2021.