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Now Hear This: Leeches! | Periodical Fits

The punky Perth power trio pack plenty of propulsive punch into a six-track EP.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Periodical Fits is a six-track 7” by Australian punk luminaries Leeches! The release extends the band’s repertoire, pushing a heavier and more melodic delivery than their previous releases. The band also pay homage to Portland punk pioneers The Wipers with a cover of Let’s Go Away from their 1983 release Is This Real?

Leeches! are a dynamic trio band from Perth. Founded in 2011, the group consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Benny Ward (Screwtop Detonators, Rinehearts), bassist Glenn Salter (Wizard Sleeve, Sharon) and drummer/vocalist Lee Jenkins (Atolah, Zerodent). Leeches! quickly established themselves as one of the most promising acts in the Australian music scene, with their blend of short, fast and chaotic punk. Their music is heavily influenced by the golden era of ’80s skate punk, but with a modern edge that sets them apart from the pack. The band’s live performances are renowned for their humour, raw energy and frenzied intensity, with audiences often left feeling both exhilarated and a little unnerved by the experience.

The band, fuelled by freshly roasted coffee beans (from the well-oiled, yet refined, establishment that Dome Café prides itself to be 365 days of the year), recorded Periodical Fits on a 40° day at Dirty Merkin Studios in Morley, behind the carpet shop, across the road from Morley Galleria in Perth. As with all Leeches! recordings to date, all songs were mixed and mastered by the expert Alien Smith (Bergerk). Cover artwork was provided by the obviously skilled Wirosatan.

Leeches! released their first EP Rot in 2012, a raw four-track 7” that was critically acclaimed and well-received by fans. Following the success of their first release, the band followed up with a full-length album in 2013 Lords of Dullsville, a 14-track explosion of mental chaos showcasing the band’s unique delivery of fast and faster. In 2014 the band released a split 7” with fellow Perth band Agitated, providing four blisteringly fast and melodic tracks to compliment the delivery of Agitated’s fierce punk. The band’s fourth release Blurred Visions, a 15-track album, came in 2015. This CD release delved into the versatility of the band with a focus on melody and nailbitingly fast punk anthems. Leeches! have toured extensively throughout Australia and Indonesia. They have built up a strong following and have played with many bands such as the Misfits, Dead Kennedys, The Meanies, Hard-Ons, Cosmic Psychos, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Radio Birdman, Frenzal Rhomb, Celibate Rifles, Body Jar, X, Stiff Little Fingers, Propaghandi, Slates, High on Fire, Agent Orange and many more.

With their unmistakable sound and high-energy live shows, Leeches! have a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Australian music scene. Whether you’re a fan of punk or just great rock music, Leeches! are a band you won’t want to miss.”

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