L.T. Leif + Order of the Toad

The Glad Cafe & Pop Mutations present Canadian artist L.T. Leif, for their first full-band show since moving to Glasgow! Plus support from Order of the Toad.

L.T. Leif + Order of the Toad

About L.T. Leif + Order of the Toad

22nd May 2022
7.30pm
The Glad Cafe
1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G41 2HG
what3words location: wisdom.noted.hotels
£8 in advance / £10 on the door
Event organiser/part of Southside Fringe Festival
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A wild dog chasing the sun! L.T.Leif is tender, burning, open. The warmth of the rough edge enters; it holds the sound in thrall. This is the many-hearted music of the swampwitch. Slow-felt swamp rock.

Based out of Glasgow and rooted in the DIY spirit of the Canadian prairies, Leif is also deep-dipped in Iceland, Finland, and the Pacific NW. Leif has been involved in many bands and projects, first entering the scene with orchestral pop sweethearts The Consonant C, strongholds of the Canadian DIY music scene. Since the group disbanded in 2011, Leif has explored many configurations and approaches, from experimental noise collaborations with the infamous Bug Incision crew, to playing sold-out shows with the punk-hearted OK JAZZ. Leif also drummed with slacker-rock bands (Hex Ray and Hungry Freaks), played synths with Matt Swann (of Astral Swanns), and sang in a witch Choir (Hermitess). This, the band that takes Leif’s name as its title, is perhaps the most precise of these projects, and represents Leif at their most exposed. The themes are personal, reflective, and distilled, and the vocal and string arrangements carry an attention to detail that reveals a generosity and an openness of both heart and thinking.

Leif’s spirit is eternally collaborative, generative, experimental, and kind – the band members and the parameters of the project are often changing, but, as Leif says of the project: “to the friendships and the moment we are grateful and stay true”. LT’s admirers include K Records maestro Calvin Johnson (they toured together with The Believer Magazine), Woodpigeon’s Mark Hamilton (they had a band together with Iceland’s no.1 charting band), and Canadian mad sound-scientists JOYFULTALK (who recorded the latest album cross-continentally and at separate times). Leif’s work has been honoured through concert and collaboration with musicians across Canada, the states, the UK and the European North. Check the pals page for other musical projects and a longer list of members of Leif’s closer working crew.

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