Leopold & His Fiction, Biography
Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and his Fiction. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel James Leopold to exercise his lessons from his formative years in Detroit, the seminal force of Leopold and his Fiction is the catalyst for soul-drenched, bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll that shakes with the power of ’73-era Stooges while seducing with the rhythm and blues of Motown. “The band elicits a power when it’s time to perform that is unable to be harnessed in any other medium short of a fist fight,” says Leopold. “Whether that’s on stage or in a recording studio it’s almost hard to contain it. It’s more life than I’ve ever felt before.”
Leopold and his Fiction have been working with GRAMMY®–nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Datsuns, Slayer, Jet, The Dandy Warhols, etc.) in recording and capturing a captivating musical journey that is as relentless as it is inspiring. “Frenchie saw our show and listened to our records,” says James. “He was very blunt and said, ‘I’m confidant I can make you guys shine!’ He brought a lot out of me and the band. The energy was very positive and the songs are confident, edgy and packed with emotion.” Amidst the band’s hook-filled party rock, Leopold is also able to refine his more melodic Neil Young / Jackson Browne side.
The next Leopold and his Fiction album promises a full pallet of artistry from America’s deep, dark underbelly and rootsy fabric to a revival of an R&B, backwoods charm. It goes back to the days when Motown and Stax loaded singles with a shaking groove on the A-side with B-side ballads clearly as comfortable in the same skin.
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“With the moves, the tunes, the energy, and the deft use of animal print, there’s no good reason why Sphynx shouldn’t be as big as the monument they’re named after.”
-Austin-American Statesman, ACL Review
“Glam-rockers Sphynx are millennial’s answer to Queen…This electro-pop trio could give Andrew W.K. a run for his money in a headbanging contest, while still hitting those falsettos and looking fabulous doing it.”
“Never have men in fur so graciously whipped their hair back and forth.”
-Diffuser, ACL Review
“Excited and excitable molecular electo pop.”
These Austin, TX natives have been compared to pop icons like Prince and David Bowie and to newer groups like Phoenix and MGMT for good reason. The trio’s vibrant live show has carved it’s own niche in Austin, where they’ve sold out popular venues, charted on pop/alternative stations, and become a fixture of the music scene. This was demonstrated on February 13, 2014 when the band performed at City Hall and Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed the day ‘Sphynx Day’ in Austin.
Sphynx began touring heavily in 2011 and has since logged over 300 shows in 38 states, both headlining and supporting national acts like Jungle, Cut Copy, Spoon, Of Montreal, Tilly & The Wall, Wavves, and Stepdad. The trio’s dance party grooves and glam-rock aesthetic have made them a festival favorite and landed them spots at ACL, SXSW, CMJ, Bunbury, Midpoint, Utopia Fest, Center of the Universe, Homegrown Fest, Chaos in Tejas, Fire Arts Fest and more. The live show has caught the attention of festival goers and journalists alike, receiving praise from USA Today, Nylon Magazine, Fuse, and Diffuser.
The band has released 3 EPs and a concert LP and is currently recording new material.