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American Songwriter caught us at Folk Alliance!

Folk Alliance Int’l 2017 unofficial showcases

Playing some solo acoustic shows this week at Folk Alliance. Come say hi if you’ll be there!

Midnight – First-Timers II (725)
11pm – LilFest I (727)

10:30pm – 3rd Coast Music Presenters: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus (627) in the round w/ Spook Handy and Geoff Himes
1:30am – LilFest I (727)
2:45am – Green Room Music Source (656)

2:30am – Access Film Music ORANGE (754)

3pm – LilFest II (728)


Indie/Americana/garage band Leland Sundries, which made a splash this year with its full-length debut ‘music for outcasts,’ has signed a publishing deal with fellow Brooklynites Mother West Music. Leland Sundries’ ‘music for outcasts’ (L’Echiquier/Decor/Weiner Records) earned numerous spotlights as well as airplay from KEXP, WFUV, WFMU, and beyond:

“A-… genius.”

– Robert Christgau, NOISEY, July 22, 2016. Full review:

“Heaps of wit and melody… Beautiful rambling storytelling that flirts with pop and sounds a little like Silver Jews.”

– Peter Watts, UNCUT, April, 2016

“Scrappy yet ingenuous rock poetry.”

– MOJO, March, 2016

“Loss-Eaton and company avoid predictability… upturned middle finger that resides at the center of their sound. Ultimately ‘Music for Outcasts’ finds truth in its title… Those prone to coloring outside the lines will have cause to give a decided nod of approval.”

– Lee Zimmerman, Relix, October/November issue

“One of the more exciting roots-based bands to be unleashed in quite a while… This fellow knows his geography now. Both out in the rolling hills and inside his own heart and soul… One minute Leland Sundries has you weeping in your beer over the cowboy lament, ‘Keys in The Boot,’ the next they’re rocking as righteously as The New York Dolls-inspired ‘Bad Hair Day.’ Throw in the radiant Power Pop of ‘Apocalypse Love Song,’ and you’ll see there isn’t a genre they haven’t mastered. These guys have only one rule about the music they play: it has to sound authentic and cool. Which, a good damn portion of the time, it does.”

– Peter Gerstenzang, American Songwriter, May 6, 2016


– Justin Cober-Lake, Pop Matters, June 2, 2016

“Fine character-building.”

– Eric Davidson, CMJ, April 18, 2016

“A killer record… The record has devoured my subconscious… creative wordplay… Witty and left of center, juxtapose from the norm, some fresh and fun genre-bending rock-n-roll…Loss-Eaton is a songwriter’s songwriter, languid stories and never short on style… A tried and true summer soundtrack for yours truly, simply a record you can’t grow not fond of. Each track a small ride to a cool destination.”

-Scott Zuppardo, No Depression, August 9, 2016


– Sjimon Gompers, Impose, March 11, 2016

“We were instantly hooked. In fact, we’re so impressed by the Brooklyn-natives to the point where we can’t begin to effusively begin to heap enough praise.”

– Pure Volume, June 1, 2016

“Life affirming… Leland Sundries’ debut album and first European release shows a ton of promise and is a very enjoyable listen.  It will certainly appeal to fans of bands like Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman as well as fans of bands like Whiskeytown and Starsailor.”

– Alan Ewart, Louder Than War (UK), February 16, 2016

“Leland Sundries match crackling garage rock with a near bubblegum love of melody. The band’s sound sits somewhere between Pavement and The Archies, with a dose of Jonathan Richman’s off kilter wit thrown in for good measure.”

– Robin Murray, Clash Music (UK), January 19, 2016

Brooklyn-based Mother West has grown from a small indie label and recording studio to a full-service boutique music catalog, offering music licensing for film and television, publicity and promotions, customized distribution, online sales, music production and artist management. With an impressive roster under it’s belt, Mother West continues to work with an array of artists in various capacities, including Motopony, Mother Feather, The Magnetic Fields, Aloud, The Bones of J.R Jones, Peppina, Kris Gruen, Cold Blood Club and many others.

Originally founded by musicians Charles Newman and Paul Casanova, Mother West was named after the sign on the deli downstairs from their studio and was created to release their debut record Noreally Thanks from their band PLEASE in 1994. This led to a cut on the platinum selling Empire Records Soundtrack on A&M Records and the company’s first foray into placing music into films.  Since then, and under the helm of Newman, the company continues to grow it’s catalog and develop it’s community of artists.

2016 marks a new partnership with Los Angeles-based publisher Defend Music, who will be representing the publishing interest of the Mother West catalog in North America, with Kobalt Publishing representing the catalog globally.

Magnet feature

Thanks to Steve Klinge and Magnet for running a profile on us. For now, you’ll have to go to magazine stands to see it or click here. It’s the issue with the Julie Ruin on the cover. Oh, and for the record, we aren’t fans of Twisted Sister’s music, but that documentary is uh-mazing.

LS Magnet feature

“Studebaker” music video

has premiered over at Impose Mag.

‘music for outcasts’ tour

“Maps of the West” music video

North American album preorder

is here!!!

If you dig us, preorder our debut full-length album on LP, CD, cassette, download via PledgeMusic, along with other goodies if you want 'em. Click for goofy video.

Posted by Leland Sundries on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

UNCUT review of ‘music for outcasts’

We’re honored to be in UNCUT and for them to compare us to Silver Jews and say that ‘music for outcasts’ contains “heaps of wit & melody.” Thank you, UNCUT! The new album is out now in the UK/Europe and out June 3 in North America.

Leland Sundries UNCUT review

Preorder the album here.