Previous support appearances have included Roots Manuva, Gym Class Heroes, Ugly Duckling, the legendary Sugar Hill Gang, Sway, and Skinnyman. Playing their own particular take of rock steady, party hip hop and mosh-pit inducing punk, complete with live brass, decks and keys, their music is a killer combination of neat beats, great tunes and irresistibly catchy hooks. The band’s sense of unity comes from years of friendship and hanging out together. They are based at their own rehearsal/recording studio in North London and their familiarity is never more evident than in their stellar live shows. The band have unleashed their debut album, The Art of Saying Nothing to the world in 2009. The album was recorded in Eastcote Studios with producer Junk Scientist (Larrikin Love, The Rakes) and contains more punch than a Ricky Hatton left hook.
It features twelve tracks that manage to encapsulate all things British from ska and punk roots, to tales of modern day drinking and debauchery. It’s the consummate companion to a lazy day spent in a beer garden, and as refreshing as that first taste of a chilled pint of lager. Stand out tracks include the Radio One favourite Great British Summertime, and the anthem for the everyman, Man On The Street. Other highlights on the album include the infectious In A Letter (supported by Radio One, 6 Music and XFM), and the extra horny live favourite, The Landlord’s Daughter. Imperial Leisure, now back from European tour with Youngblood Brass Band, are writing new material that will be available in 2010. “Imperial Leisure stew up hip-hop, ska and punk into invigorating party music…purpose-built to send festivals into a deranged dancing sweat.” Q “It’s impossible not to get caught up in it all, the sense of fun seeping into everyone involved like a shot of serotonin.” KKKKK –Kerrang! “Absolutely outstanding.” Nihal, BBC Radio One “…Like the Beasties and De La Soul, playing Less Than Jake at a cult-rock party.
An amazing live band.” Drowned In Sound "Imperial Leisure’s sound is practically a sonic mirror held up to the face of London: a melting pot of cultures, genres and personalities blended together with grit and spice" Big Cheese www.imperial-leisure.co.uk Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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