Lorraine Leckie has just premiered her new single titled ‘Under the Vampire Moon’ right here! Lorraine’s varied and sturdy history within the realms of rock has culminated into the retro-fun filtered through not only the music she loves but was a part of. Part guitar rock, part punk, part alt and more, Lorraine is someone who genre hops within her originality and it shows in this future classic that glides along the speakers with the ease of an artist who has found their sound and shows it around. This is refreshing to say the least.
Lorraine Leckie was born on a horse in Northern Ontario surrounded by the music of Neil Young, but her own path into music wouldn’t begin for another few decades. In the ’70s, she converted to punk rock, married Steve Leckie of The Viletones, and started her career as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. After a decade of living in Europe, she put down roots in New York and began working with celebrity clients including Paul McCartney and Heidi Klum, but it wasn’t until the age of 37 that Leckie decided it was time for a change. She got a guitar, formed a band, and was soon performing at legendary New York venues like Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Mercury Lounge.
Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons debuted with 2008’s Four Cold Angels, a blend of Americana and psychedelic rock, before taking an acoustic route for 2010’s Martini Eyes, which netted Village Voice critic Tom Semioli’s Album of the Year pick that year in the publication’s annual Pazz & Jop Poll.
Since then, Leckie hasn’t stayed complacent within one genre, moving between folk noir collaborations with celebrated art critics (2012’s Rudely Interrupted featuring Anthony Haden-Guest), deep-fried country rock (2014’s Rebel Devil Devil Rebel), and apocalypse-tinged Americana (2015’s The Raven Smiled) with ease. Leckie’s first album in nearly three years, this June’s Razor Wing Butterfly, serves as a celebration and refinement of Leckie and her Demons’ decade-plus in music, recruiting guitarist Hugh Pool to the fold and recording at legendary Brooklyn studio Excello Recording.
Featured image by John Huba.