“The Leers” ready to take it to the next level!

5 November 2020



This Love it Holds’, the new single from the indie-rock band “The Leers”, is a strong statement of intent coming off the back of their biggest shows yet, supporting “L.A.B.” on their arena tour in July.


‘This Love it Holds’ is a visceral ode to dying love partnered with a raw and energetic rhythm that switches between anger and desire. Taken from their forthcoming EP “The Only Way Out Is In”, out November 20, the single was recorded in Los Angeles at the state-of-the-art “Mad Muse Studios” last year, home of their U.S. label In-Flight Music Group.


Lead singer Matt Bidois says the gigs with “L.A.B” were “mental”. “I think the biggest crowd we’d played before was 600 so going from that to 8000 was pretty gnarly…by the end of the set people were really getting into it which was rewarding.”


Formed in Mt Maunganui as teenagers, the band made it to the Smokefree Rockquest national finals in 2009 and released their debut album “Are You Curious?” in 2016. After being scouted and signed to In Flight Music Group in 2019, the band flew to LA to record the new EP. 


The years of gigging around Aotearoa have paid off with their energy, tightness and polish being reflected on the new EP. Now a five-piece with the addition of Kiki Rockwell on keys and vocals, the band is moving into a new phase, ready to take their career from opening act to headliners. 


The Leers are Matt Bidois, Jacob Buchan, James Kippenberger, Jack Furniss and Kiki Rockwell,


Tour dates:




  • Dec 29 – Rhythm and Vines festival, Gisborne
  • Dec 31 – Kaleidoscope, Our Place, Tauranga
  • Jan 23 – Soundsplash festival, Raglan
  • Feb 27 – Electric Avenue, Christchurch
  • March 27 – Supporting L.A.B at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland


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