We are happy to announce that our good friends,
Sweet Leda, are in our spotlight for April 2016
here at MyRuralRadio.com!
Nearly four years to
the day from Sweet Leda’s release of their
first LP Need The Music, Sweet Leda is thrilled
to share their latest birth, a new full-length album,
Let It In. Where Need The Music was key in the development
of the band’s sound in its earlier years,
Let It In captures the live and raw essence of what
can only come from years of steady gigs, blood,
sweat, and a few tears. To capture this essence,
the band went old school on its own ass and tracked
everything live. The whole band recorded all together
in one room, tracking analog to 2” tape. What
came out of the process is an intimate, in-your-face,
edgy sound that exemplifies Sweet Leda live, at
their best. (Full disclosure, there were a few overdubs;
a few vocal harmonies, a few guitar parts, and for
good measure, the band brought Ron Holloway in for
a couple tracks!) At the helm are Producer Stephen
Joseph Antonelli of Song Builder Studios (who also
produced Need The Music), and Engineer/Mixer IRKO
(Jay-Z, J Lo, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Live).
the band’s many milestone achievements are:
four Tri State Indie Music Awards, including the
Groupie’s Choice Award in 2012; Best Emerging
Artist DC/Baltimore in The Deli Magazine’s
reader’s poll in 2011; sharing the stage
with bands like Galactic, 311, and Jefferson Starship;
performing at festivals with the likes of Citizen
Cope, John Mayer, G Love, Cake, Live, Lake Street
Dive, and Tedeschi Trucks; writing the end-credit
title track for the feature film Lovely Molly
by Ed Sanchez (Blair Witch Project); being hand-picked
by Allman Bros. drummer Butch Trucks to open for
his band at the Roots Rock Revival Masters Camp;
and gracing the Miller Lite Stage at Summerfest
2013 in Milwaukee.
Leda’s New Album: Let It In and Turn it
Up! by Sam Capmbell - Gigspots.com
Sweet Leda’s latest album Let It In
deserves tons of attention and hundreds of accolades.
The fat, lush sounds of the direct-to-tape recording
process captured the layers of power and intensity
behind these songs. If you’ve seen Sweet
Leda live, you’ll feel the heat off this
record. If you’re curious what all the buzz
and awards are about, it’s time to Let It
In and turn it up! You’ll find chances later
to have a quiet moment with the record. Your first
play should be loud as hell. Wherever you do that,
do it to it.
Julie Cymek wrote these songs and sings them with
command. She belts in the same weight class as
Dana Fuchs, Grace Potter, Sister Sparrow and Joan
Osborne. Jaime Horrigan on bass can thump it or
go all melodious on you. He’s a double-threat
on beatbox too. Omar El Dieahy is my favorite
guitarist I know. He plays these crazy prototype
guitars and while he invents new tones and textures,
he never loses the song or lets it get impersonal.
Don Boyette on drums is The Pocket. Dude is all
sweet spot and grace, a drummer’s drummer.
Joinins Sweet Leda on two album tracks, as he
often does live, is tenor sax giant Ron Holloway.
How lucky for us all! You can Google him now or
after you hear him, but you will.
photo by Dan Gillespie
the ten-song playlist and a thing or two about
that thing they do: sweet, sexy, funky rock with
1. “Resolutions:” one of the band’s
resolutions for the record must be to let Omar
turn it up! You’ll figure out right away
that this band means what it says.
2. “Go Get Your Money:” Omar and Ron
Holloway earn it one this one. They go and they
3. “Fake It:” no posers need apply!
If you can’t be real with the open-hearted
people in Sweet Leda, you can’t be real.
Whoever you are, I don’t want to know you
4. “Make It Happen:” get off your
ass! What’s stopping you?
5. “She’s Not Coming Home:”
I think you blew it mister. This is a song for
a woman wronged.
6. “Baby:” one hot, slow-burning torch
of a song about making love. Julie didn’t
write it for you but you’ll believe she
did. Deep down believe.
7. “Bad Boy:” one hot rock song for
the bad girls in the house! Bad hasn’t sounded
so good since Donna Summer.
8. “Let It In:” five senses and a
whole world right in front of you. Seize something
and hang on!
9. “Something:” by George Harrison…a
big romantic version. It’s a love song to
a love song. Omar!
10. “You Can’t Hold Me Down:”
I always hold my head high. I keep moving on.
Those last words are Julie’s and could well
describe the album. Sweet Leda has plenty of reason
to hold their heads high with the release of Let
It In and the record should definitely keep their
careers moving on and up. But they could serve
us all well as a motto for life. There is great
beauty in life and we need to let it in. When
it sparks our curiosity, we need to act on it.
And when people bring the ugly, we need to let
it go. Crank up your copy of Let It In and proceed
loud and proud!