“Blood Brother” Leif Vollebekk

“Blood Brother,” is the latest single and video from filmed in the early morning light on top of a London atop of double decker bus. The song is from his current release New Ways. “There was a period of a few months where I listened to nothing but Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak. I couldn’t get enough of that rock n roll shuffle. And so when I wrote this piano ballad, I guess I just kept hearing these polyrhythms over it. I played it to Olivier [Fairfield, drummer] and it ended up being this whole other thing. Not a ballad at all,” Leif says. “Back in high school, I think the first song I ever played with a band was “Last Nite” by the Strokes. That was in a half-empty high school cafeteria in Ottawa. But it felt like such a release. You don’t forget that feeling. I think that snuck in there on this song.”

Director Joe Connor on “Blood Brother:”

“Leif is an artist whose music takes me to a dreamlike space. I wanted to create a video that found Leif in the middle of a story, where he has come from and where he is going is unknown but the beauty in this video is that here we find an artist, handcuffed and adrift in a city in the early hours of the morning. This beautiful video presents London in the most spectacular way and sets Leif as a quiet voice amongst the rolling city.”

New Ways is described as a sonic documentation of everything that Leif felt; tenderness and violence, sex and rebirth. “Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone – I just put it on the record,” he says. It was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Breakglass Studios in Montreal, it features Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre) and Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) on drums, and additional vocals by Angie McMahon. It was mixed by Chris Allen in NYC (Yoko Ono, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Rós, Margaret Glaspy) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, Patrick Watson).

11/27 – Brussels, BE @ AB *
11/29 – Montreal, QC @ Le National SOLD-OUT
12/1 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club SOLD-OUT
12/2 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club SOLD-OUT
12/3 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
12/4 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Listening Room
12/6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
12/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ LoFi
12/8 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
12/10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
12/11 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott SOLD-OUT
12/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs SOLD-OUT
12/14 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd SOLD-OUT
1/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
1/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
1/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
1/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
1/22 – Eugene, OR @ Wildcraft Cider Works
1/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
1/24 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
1/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial SOLD-OUT
1/26 – Saskatoon, SK @ Winterruption Festival
3/13-22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/28 – Madrid, Spain @ Cafe Berlin
3/29 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar
3/31 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F
4/1 – Munich, Germany @ folks! Club
4/2 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
4/4 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
4/6 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen Klubb
4/7 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pustervik
4/8 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
4/14 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Atlas
4/15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Cecil
4/16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache
4/17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique Festival
4/18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
4/21 – Belgium, Brussels @ AB Club
4/22 – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
4/23 – Heidelberg, Germany @ Halle02 Club
4/24 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rotondes
4/25 – Paris, France @ PopUp!
4/27 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
4/28 – London, UK @ Bush Hall SOLD-OUT
4/29 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
4/30 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
5/1 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Poetry Club
5/2 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Soundhouse

* Supporting Half Moon Run