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Some bands, when they reach the stage of releasing their fourth LP, show some signs of slowing down or getting into a bit of a relaxed groove. The Leisure Society are not one of those bands. With their fourth album The Fine Art of Hanging On, the band have refined their trademarks – including frontman Nick Hemming’s honest lyrics and their grandiose indie-folk – with timeless melodies and heartfelt, tender themes. It’s cartoonish yet bleak artwork portraying an astronaut lost in space sums up everything about the record: it’s grand, epic, sometimes playful, yet somehow intimate and filled with vast swathes of emotion.

Across the years, The Leisure Society have packed tents at Glastonbury, been championed by Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, been nominated for Ivor Novello awards, caught the attention of Ray Davies and Brian Eno and provided the musical ending to Paddy Considine’s first directorial feature Tyrannosaur. But, in The Fine Art of Hanging On, the band have created their most cohesive and, possibly, iconic works. Now is probably one of the best times to catch them live in their long career.

The Leisure Society play at The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 23rd April.

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