LEATHERS is the darkwave dream of visual artist and musician, Shannon Hemmett of Vancouver, BC based outfit, ACTORS. After teasing the world with a few leaked singles over the past few years, Hemmett signed a worldwide deal with Toronto-based Artoffact Records. Hemmett returns with a new single and video, Reckless, and collects her previous output on the Reckless EP, out June 11th, 2021.
In 2016, LEATHERS assembled at Jacknife Sound where the project bore the whirring rush of “Missing Scene,” channeling the essence of early 4AD Cocteau Twins punctuated with stringent hooks. 2017’s “Day for Night” coaxed a softer, glittering hue that has been recognized by various publications including Diamond Deposits, I Die: You Die, and Impose Magazine. On “Phantom Heart,” steeped in cinematic synth that coats the gated, motorik beat pulsing underneath, her velvet crushed vocals break to the forefront–sleeplessly searching for the truth between fantasy and reality. And then there’s the progressive earworm that is Reckless, the new single that promises to catapult LEATHERS onto the forefront of smart, catchy, and serious synth music.
LEATHERS is currently working on a debut full-length for Artoffact Records and will tour in support of the album in 2022.