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The Leed Fiends are Pete on guitar, Rob on the bass and Remi on drums with all three singing. Feeling a bit lazy today, so I’ll just start copying out the bio: “The Leed Fiends is the product of years of loose jams, live shows and loud amps. The Fiends have been playing their own blend of psychedelic rock, pop and blues for two years around Sydney.”
I’ll stop right there. Woah! What was that? It’s the guitar solo in the first song ‘Casting Off’. And it’s the reason why this disc became the cd of the week, at the 2 minutes 15 seconds mark to be exact, the diddly diddly bit…and beyond. It’s pretty destroy. Some songs have such an air of excitement about them and this is one of them – it has a bouncy tightness to it with psychedelic lyrics ‘from the light of the 21st garden shed’.
There’s a screeching wah solo in the next track ‘Beautiful Same’, which is a bit more rock than ‘Casting Off’ but balanced out by the subtle backing vocals from the other fellas. ‘Stars Above’ has probably the best bunch of lyrics, sung like the others in a theatrical-70s-punk-Bowie style (!) and the final song ‘End Of Time’ shows where their years of jamming has paid off.
All in all, a demo that makes you want to go see the Leed Fiends live in concert. And ask them what’s all this about a 21st garden shed? -ND