Track Of The Week – The Vegan Leather – French Exit
Striking a pose that’s equal parts Paris and Paisley, art-pop provocateurs The Vegan Leather have announced the release of their brand new single ‘French Exit’.
Over the past three years the band have established themselves as one of the leading lights of Scotland’s music scene – not just for their dancefloor-ready pop smarts, but a succession of live performances showcasing just how effortlessly they can pull it off.
With a list of memorable appearances at TRNSMT Festival, The Great Escape, Electric Fields, and Tenement Trail, and support slots with the likes of Paolo Nutini and Phoenix at the legendary Barrowland Ballroom, it looks like they’re just getting started. After the success of previous singles ‘Shake It’, ‘Eyes’ and ‘I Take American’, which reached over 350,000 streams on Spotify and debuted on New Music Friday playlists in the UK, Turkey, Spain and South America, the band also secured the support of Creative Scotland and Paisley 2021, as well as radio play from BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Radio X’s Gordon Smart. The latter half of 2018 saw The Vegan Leather focus on recording new music at Chem19 studios, where they worked alongside legendary producer Paul Savage.
Following in the footsteps of acts such as Deacon Blue, Belle and Sebastian, King Creosote, Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and Camera Obscura, the band emerged from the Chem19 sessions with a collection of their most ambitious and innovative work to date.
‘French Exit’ is the first single to be released from this period of recording. Heralding the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the group, the song is a bold return which explores their enthralling fusion of Parisian art-pop and dance-rock in typically thrilling and eccentric fashion. Driven by a relentless rhythm section, stabbing guitars and the charismatic vocal interplay between Gianluca Bernacchi and Marie Collins, it’s a masterful example of the band’s ability to deliver a profound message through a fluorescent cloak of dance-pop escapism.
Speaking about the single, Gianluca says: “Lyrically, the song is about social anxiety, a sort of inner voice telling you to go out and stay out to the bitter end when really you need to go home.” On the process with working with Paul Savage at Chem19, Marie adds: “It was a total dream come true. A lot of my musical heroes recorded there, and so it was a surreal experience to see a lot of my favourite albums on the wall of the studio as we were recording. The history of the studio was a real creative driving force for us, and we felt privileged to be in a space where so many incredible songs had been produced.”
Having already sold out King Tut’s this year for their special ‘Queen Tut’s’ event, 2019 is shaping up to be a massive year for the group. With more new music on the way in the coming months, the band are due to play a string of live dates across the UK. “No breaks, no French Exit.” Judging by their momentum, there’s also no limit to what The Vegan Leather can achieve this year.