Writer Spotlight – Kieran Leonard
Kieran Leonard, also known as Saint Leonard and Saint Leonard’s Horses, is a British musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist and writer. He performs most frequently with his backing band The Horses, and has previously toured in support of Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, The Libertines, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Keane, Babyshambles, Dirty Pretty Things and Wolfmother.
From 2009 to 2015 Leonard wrote and performed under his own name, releasing one album, an EP and four singles. In 2009 Leonard recorded his first professional demos at London’s Konk Studios. The ‘Scapegoat’ EP was produced by The Libertines’ Carl Barat, and was mixed by Chris Sheldon. The following year he recorded and released his debut single “Jerusalem”. The single was well received both critically and commercially, and appeared in the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s film Life in a Day.
Kieran Leonard’s debut album Out of Work Astronaut was recorded largely in a home studio in North London and released in August 2012. It featured the singles “Harold Pinter is Dead”, “Wooden Man”, “Vampire”, and “Air Raid”. The album garnered generally favourable reviews, being listed as one of BBC London’s Albums of the Year.
In 2013 Leonard left the UK and moved to California. Citing the collapse of a long-term relationship, and following the invitation of Ryan Adams to use his recording studio he spontaneously moved to Los Angeles for an indefinite time. Upon his arrival he was offered a tour of California with Australian rock band Wolfmother.
In 2014 Leonard left LA, and returned to London to support Ryan Adams on his UK tour. After the tour he returned to London where he met and commenced working with his manager Sean McLusky.
In January 2015 Leonard was invited to continue work on his upcoming second album at Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Leonard immediately released the single “Underwood Milk” on Fierce Panda Records from this session and in February embarked on an extensive tour of UK and Europe with his friend Father John Misty.
With the start of 2016 Leonard continued to adapt his musical stylings under his new moniker and started performing with a full band known as The Horses. It was later announced that Leonard had signed to prestigious indie label Xtra Mile Recordings.
Good Luck Everybody – the first album under the Saint Leonard’s Horses banner – was released in October 2016 to significant critical acclaim, with Mark Beaumont of NME calling it “a surrealist, mystical odyssey of self-discovery, maximal hedonism and jaws-of-death revelation”. Clash Magazine commented that it was “Weird, wonderful and evocative – a broad, cinematic, engrossing piece of work, rippling with ambition”. Tom Doyle from Q magazine gave the album a four star rating, describing it as “top notch stuff that draws comparisons with Neil Young and Father John Misty”.
Check out Kieran’s website here.
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