Fusing a deep-seeded punk fury with a gritty country influence and pop sweetness, Leeroy Stagger‘s sophomore album Beautiful House places him firmly in the genre of powerful singer/songwriter, having opened for such sonically diverse artists as The Pixies, Modest Mouse, and most recently The Rheostatics.
With a voice of ferocious intensity, Stagger hit Victoria’s music scene like a hurricane back in ’98. After an opening stint on a nationwide tour for Hot Hot Heat, Stagger found his niche in the genre of alt-country inspired rock and released his debut album Dear Love (2004). Casting Stagger in the role of classic rock ‘n’ roll outsider in the tradition of Paul Westerberg and Ryan Adams, Dear Love garnered reams of critical acclaim on both sides of the border.
If his debut was a high watermark, then Beautiful House is its perfect complement. Produced by Danny Michel of Starling (deemed a national treasure by the CBC), Beautiful House is a record about estrangement and absence, ideal for fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana. That is to say, anyone who has been touched where it hurts by American Music Club, Steve Earle or Gram Parsons will soon be awakened with a surge of heart-rendering lyrics and infectious songs.
With a touring ensemble of impeccable musicianship, Travis Smythe (lead guitar), Tyson Maiko (bass), and Luke Renshaw (drums) – known as The Sinking Hearts – are all unknown yet singular talents in their own field and prove a blinding flash of perfection when locked into the same orbit with Stagger at the helm.
Beautiful House, will be released through Vancouver’s Boompa Records on February 22, 2005. Early reaction to the album has it marked as an instant classic while the debut single “Just In Case” has already seen extensive radio play across British Columbia and nationwide radio play begins January 24th. Watch for Leeroy Stagger and the Sinking Hearts on tour Spring 2005, including exclusive showcases at CMW, SXSW and NXNE.
“Leeroy has an easy climb to the top with records like this – watch out.”
– NME –