Landing on Friday 18th December 2020 is the new single from industrial metal project Leatherback. ‘Bystander’ is accompanied by the B-side ‘A Plague on Both Your Houses’, creating a dynamic instrumental release.
Leatherback is an instrumental metal project started by Matt Neave. Originally from Norwich in Norfolk, and now based in Chester, north-west England, Leatherback has added a unique sound the metal scene in the north west. Leatherback first began writing on the 1st January 2018 and within the space of 18 months had released four interconnected EP’s, known as “The Cycle”.
Along with producing a dynamic and brutal signature sound, Leatherback delivers a unique live show – the metal equivalent of a one-man band. He has supported the Tool cover band “Tool Shed” multiple times, performed at Rebellion in Manchester for an Untamed! Showcase, along with shows at his local venue The Live Rooms in Chester, supporting Redeem The Dead and Stand Silent. In the ongoing pandemic, Leatherback has been streaming live performances via YouTube, and a livestream will take place on the 18th December to celebrate the release of Bystander’.
“I began thinking about how so many people become bystanders in their own lives.” Matt explains. “Whether they don’t have the confidence to follow their own instincts, or the pressures of society make it impossible for them to follow the life that they want, many people wind up watching their life pass them by. It’s this oppressive, learned helplessness that causes discomfort for so many people, midlife crises, depression, anxiety, and it’s this feeling that I wanted to capture in the repetition in the music, permeated by brief escapes. Bystander seeks to confront this, and bring attention to the fact that many evils that have happened in the world were allowed to happen because people stood by and did nothing. Take control, don’t get scared, stand up”.
FFO: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Godflesh, Tool
Label: Self-release / Agoraphobic Records