Announcing the Petal to the Medal Tour

Brooklyn indie-Americana project Leland Sundries and Boston folk-rocker Dan Kaplan will kick off a tour May 16, exploring New England and New York. The tour will wind up May 23 with a Manhattan show that also features former Hightone Records artist Laura Minor’s first show of 2010 on the bill.

Each act has captured some northeast buzz. Time Out New York has praised Leland Sundries for its “oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility for a Ween-meets–Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy feel” while says, “we love the laid-back grooves and scratchy vocals.” The Boston Globe has called Kaplan “a Cambridge folk strummer with a keen ear for pop hooks… Ryan Adams and Wilco-inspired songs should make you nostalgic for something – or someone.”

Dan Kaplan’s debut full length album, ‘Year of the Swallowtail,’ is due out June 11th, 2010 on Folkus Records. Kaplan explores the trial-by-fire themes of love and loss, emotional insecurity and mortality. And with an extensive back catalogue already, including two solo EPs and over 250 songs penned, he’s established himself as a major New England songwriter to watch. Kaplan grew up on Long Island and is now a denizen of Somerville, MA.

Leland Sundries is preparing its debut record, ‘The Apothecary EP’ (L’echiquier Records) for fall 2010 release and the “Roller Derby Queen” single for spring 2011. Leader Nick Loss-Eaton grew up in Lexington, MA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a multi-instrumentalist who will be accompanied by a resonator guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar, two-string cigarbox guitar, numerous harmonicas, and a kazoo.

Dan Kaplan & Leland Sundries PETAL TO THE METAL tour dates:

May 16 – Sally O’Brien’s – Somerville, Massachusetts
May 17 – Slainte Wine Bar – Portland, Maine
May 19 – Weathervane Music Hall – Brattleboro, Vermont
May 20 – Sam’s Pizzeria – Northampton, Massachusetts
May 21 – Emack & Bolio’s (downtown) – Albany, New York
May 22 – Inquiring Minds Bookstore/Café – Saugerties, New York
May 23 – Parkside Lounge – New York, New York (also w/ Laura Minor, Will Levith, John Henry Olthoff, Art School Dropouts)

Show tonight in Greenpoint

image from tour

Americana revue at Eastburn tonight

Portland is great. reminds me of VT quite a lot. I’ve heard good things about Eastburn, too, in terms of music, crowd, and beers. Very excited to play here on a weekend night. It’ll be an Americana revue: Greg Mulkern providing some old-time banjo picking, some folk-rock from Dan Leslie, and an acoustic Leland Sundries show. The fun starts at 10pm.

Had a great time in Portland last night at the White Eagle Saloon and Union Jack’s. This feels like a climax to the trip, a culmination of things, and a long way from San Francisco.

Coffee Garden last night, Trove up next

Really enjoyed playing at the Coffee Garden last night. Played outdoors in the backyard surrounded by plants. Hoses shot mist all around us. a very cool spot in Sacramento, and it cooled down as it got dark. Thought Dan’s highlight was “Lower East Side” and mine “Monitor Arms,” my ode to Greenpoint’s nautical history.

We’re driving to the coast today, via wine country. So many climates in CA! It’s a few days until the next show and I know I need a little tune up on a few songs but I think last night was a great start. Going to check out Sacramento before taking off. Got up early this morning but a lazy start. Looking forward to meeting the other bands in OR.

finishing recording EP, celebrating w/ show

last-minute acoustic show added Fri at 7pm at Spike Hill Grill and will be in celebratory mood. in the afternoon, i’ll finish sessions for my first EP and then send it off to the UK to be mixed. it better not come back sounding like oasis! no cover fri: come say hi.


We have started sessions for the EP at the Creamery Studio. Rhythm tracks are down and we’re scheduled for vocals and other sessions at the end of February. Looking at an early fall release.

“Ween-meets-Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy”

In their listing for Friday’s show at Tommy’s Tavern (1041 Manhattan Ave, off the Greenpoint Ave G, free, with Dan Leslie + Captain Ahab & The Sea Crackens + Magnolia), Time Out NY says:

“Leland Sundries is the project of Nick Loss-Eaton. He blends oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility for a Ween-meets-Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy feel.”

Gig poster

Check out the awesome design and humor and randomness blog Never Slap The Gift Donkey, where the new Dan Kaplan-designed gig poster is, uh, posted.

December 18 at Trash Bar at 8pm for $6 and 1-hour of open bar, LS will play a big set with at least 1/3 new songs!

NYC gig, New England press

Dispatch from LS HQ:

Big show coming up Dec 18 at Trash Bar: new songs! open bar during our set! full electric show! Giant koala bears (not really)!

Also, check out some blog love:

Hartford Courant Soundcheck blog

Enough Cowbell

Please, heart us on!

Love, LS