Written by Lauren Rosier
The Bend, Oregon-based hard-rock band, Leadbetter Band, showcases their heavy instrumentation and prolific songwriting that spans heavy rock, blues, and roots. The album is titled Howl out now on all major platforms.
Last August, Leadbetter Band opened for ZZ Top at the Britt Amphitheater in Jacksonville, Oregon.
“The depth of the music is always important to me, having songs that challenge or comfort the mind and inspire the heart is what I strive for. Howl definitely delivers that.” – Eric Leadbetter
The opening track, “Waterdogs,” is a heavy hitter with fantastic instrumentation from the drums to the guitars. It’s not for the faint of heart for sure.
The following track is a great song titled “Snake Oil” with excellent instrumentation from the guitars.
On “Doesn’t Change a Thing,” the band really brings in the guitars full force, and they really sound great. They really remind me of Gov’t Mule.
The band slows things down on “Time Waits.” The gentle guitar strums are layered over folksy vocals, opening the track which opens up into a wider song. He sings “where has all the time gone?”
If “Doesn’t Change a Thing” reminded me of Gov’t Mule, “Feedin The Landlord,” really does! It is heavy rock with an Americana/country-tinged flair. The guitars are epic in this track; the guitarists really know how to shred and put on a show.
“Find Your Love Again” is a smooth ballad about finding love again after feeling lost, lonely, and alone. The track showcases Eric Leadbetter‘s vocal range really well, too.
“Habits” showcases the band’s ability to write sonically catchy songs with terrific lyricism. Their musicianship is fantastic and really shows off on this track.
The next track, “Middle Man,” opens and reminds me of a little bit of Gov’t Mule and a little bit of Aerosmith in its melody. But this track hits hard, and I mean, hard. The guitars, the drums, everything just hits hard. This is an all-out rock song. If you want to rock out, this is the song for you!
Overall, this album is a terrific rock album for any fans of artists like Gov’t Mule, ZZ Top, and more. You’re going to love the Leadbetter Band!
Take a look at their video for their song, “Waterdogs,” below!
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