Thanks for taking some time to chat with From the Green Room
- What’s the name of the band?
Originally when we first set out in the early 90s we were simply Leaf… But with having a 20 odd year break from music others around the world had used the name so we are now Leaf UK. But I bet they don’t have a cooler reason for the name than us… We used to practice in a Scout hut and as we were after names (the perennial ‘What shall we call ourselves?’) a bag of leaves fell out of a cupboard, hey presto ‘LEAF! How very Rock n roll!
- Where are you from?
Well me (Jarad), Mark and Colin are all from the Stoke on Trent area, but Dan is from Norfolk and Telford as he leads a double life. We rehearse in Stoke as that’s where the rehearsal room is. Have you ever been to Stoke? No? Oh, you should go, it is such a picturesque place and not on its knees begging for mercy at all.
- What type of music do you play?
We don’t really go out to having a style or type of music but most say we are hard rock, grunge type music. We just do songs that we really like, some punky, some slightly melodic/poppy, all with big fat riffs. As long as the music is real, and we don’t get playing to clicks and backing tapes we aren’t bothered.
- Introduce yourselves to the readers and tell us what you do in the band?
My name is Jarad (that is the spelling!), I am the biggest and meanest and the grinder of riffs, occasionally a solo and shouty backing vocals. Colin is vocalist / guitarist and song writer. Mark is the drummer who does a fantastic line in backing vocals. Dan is the bassist and we can’t get him to help us with the backing vocals – he claims he is tone deaf. We all chip in with writing the songs as this more often than not happens in the rehearsal room. Colin writes all the lyrics that’s why they are all angry, because he’s an angry little man with a massive chip on his shoulder. Small man syndrome?
- This is probably a common question but one that most want to know, what musical influences did you have growing up, and what are some now?
Our influences are so varied as me and Colin got together in the early 90s with Leaf but had a 25 year break. So back then it was Smashing Pumpkins, Cannibal Corpse, Manic Street preachers and AC/DC, whereas now with the addition of Mark and Dan it’s a much wider array of stuff from Candlebox to Prince and Colin is into punkier stuff these days. But at the end of the day, we are Leaf and just do what we like doing regardless of who it sounds like. We want to sound like us, and I think we really do – not like most of the younger bands who just copy the latest trend. Feck me, we are not trendy!
- Have you always been into music? Was it something that just came to you naturally?
Yes definitely. I was probably 15 ish when I met Colin in the early Leaf I’d been in death metal bands at school did a few gigs. But when I met Colin that’s when I feel I gelled with someone properly and we knew where we wanted to take our music. We suit each other in playing styles (different but complimentary). All 4 of us have been involved in music for many years. I’m probably the least experienced as I had 20 years off from gigging getting all that family life malarkey out the way. Colin and Mark also go way back too even before my time with Colin. Dan’s been in many bands before. some good bands amongst those too!
- What can we expect from the band in the rest of 2022 and beyond into 2023?
More gigs hopefully, bigger and further afield. We want to play anywhere and everywhere, to anyone and their dog. Oh, and definitely more recording and releases as we write songs pretty fast (we have 4 songs ready to release and we are back in the studios at Christmas). We all really enjoy what we do so we just keep going and see where it takes us to.
- For someone who wants to know more about the band, were can they find you at? And were can they find your music?
All the usual places:
Leaf Website – leafband.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/leafbanduk
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/leafbanduk/
Linktree – https://linktr.ee/leafbanduk
On Bandcamp – https://leafuk.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/leafbanduk
- Let’s answer some fun questions, what is your all-time favorite band?
I can only speak for me here and God it’s a tough one I will have to do a top 5…Motorhead, Pantera, Therapy, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains. Colin likes AC/DC and Iggy Pop. Dan and Mark have the biggest music collections ever so who knows what their faves are??? Having a guess, Mark? Led Zep. Dan? Ugly Kid Joe.
- If you could tour with any band and open or have them open for you, who would you choose?
Any famous bands where we could earn some money! There is nothing in it at the moment apart from the fun, but it really is fun and without it we would all be very unhappy. Perhaps the Rolling Stones would be good as the money would probably be rather spiffing, and the rider would suit us -Imodium, painkillers and lots of ointment. Opener? Motley Crue because they are fatter and older.
Thanks for chatting with me From the Green Room and look forward to chatting again in the future.