The band was formed in 2001 when Arnar and Hallur (bass) moved into a house in 101 Reykjavík. Things happened fast and soon a lot of tunes had been written. Even before the band played it’s first gig, the industry had taken notice. Leaves played their first gig at Airwaves in October 2001 and by then had signed to b-unique records in the UK. A year later debut album ‘Breathe’ had gotten praise from the European music press and made it to Q’s best of 2002 list. The band had toured with artists like The Doves, The Coral and Athlete to name a few. In 2003 ‘Breathe’ was released in the U.S. by Dreamworks records and the band did some touring overseas.
The lineup changed over the next couple of years when drummer Nói and keyboardist Andri joined the band, also changing record labels the band signed to Island records. The result was The Angela Test released in 2005 in the UK which saw the band develop it’s sound further and tour with Supergrass and Thirteen Senses. In 2009 the self-released album ‘We are Shadows’ saw the light of day, expanding their soundscape even further. With bass player Hallur leaving the band in 2009, two new members joined the band: bass player Elli (Jeff who!) and keyboard player Kjartan (Ampop). They are now putting the final touch on their 4th album in their studio in Iceland.
October 30, 2013
20:50 Harpa Silfurberg
November 2, 2013