Leech

Leech is a Swiss post-rock band formed in 1995 in OftringenAargau.

www.leech.ch

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Founding members
GuitarPianoSynthesizerMarcel Meyer
Guitar, Piano, SynthesizerUrs Meyer
DrumsPercussionSerge Olar
Current line-up
Guitar, Piano, SynthesizerMarcel Meyer
Guitar, Piano, SynthesizerUrs Meyer
Drums, PercussionSerge Olar
Piano, SynthesizerTobias Schläfli
Guitar, BassDave Hofmann
Stefan Hell
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History

The album Instarmentalwas released in 1996, which was recorded on two tracks. Both this album Soundtrack to an Individual Emotion Picture Mindmovie followed this and the following 1998 album Soundtrack to an Individual Emotion Picture Mindmovie. After another two years, the third studio work Zerotonine Dayswas released, on which for the first time and exceptionally a piece with vocals can be found.

In the following two years Leech was in an extensive phase of experimentation and several projects were created with guest musicians from different musical directions. These projects were presented live, but not recorded on phonograms. From this phase, the three founding members of the band developed in different directions and decided to put the project on hold for some time. In the summer of 2006, the Leech project was resumed. Leech continued where they left off before the five-year break and devoted themselves entirely to experimental instrumental music. During this time Tobias Schläfli (synthesizer) joined the band as a permanent member.

Leech (Band) – Wikipedia

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Discography

Live 06​.​06​.​2020

Live 06.06.2020 | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Dirty Seconds 08:38
2.October 07:15
3.Sure! Looks Real 07:05
4.Turbolina 05:35
5.The Man With The Hammer 08:40
6.Melide 06:24
7.Echolon 09:14
8.Arrete 07:32
9.Hell 8 09:29
10.Inspiral 13:35
11.Totem & Tabu 15:57
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Recorded live on June 6th 2020.
This is a special one as it was the first show after the lockdown in Switzerland hosting 300 people.

First there was silence.
Global lockdown. Stay at home – the memories of previous rock concerts lost somewhere between an unknown future and a past fading evermore into darkness.
And then… much sooner than expected, the Swiss government reopened the stage on June 6th, 2020. There was this drummer from a band who wanted to get back on stage right away. And then there was this venue, who throughout lockdown, only wanted to have one band on stage to celebrate the end of isolation, only one band to release the pent-up emotions of the previous 3 months: Leech.
Three days before the show the pre-sale started… and all 250 tickets sold out in three hours.
First there was silence, and then there was Leech.
Five minutes before the show there was still silence. The crowd was waiting for their first live show in three months. 250 people in one room, after being asked to stay home for weeks. A surreal feeling. Music-lovers from every corner of Switzerland once again… more
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released November 6, 2020
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Some people requested to pay for the live stream which we really appreciate!
Basically the live stream is free because of the still complicated situation in the world.
If you still feel to donate you can do via Paypal to leech@leech.ch
Thank you!

Melide (Live 06​.​06​.​2020)

Melide (Live 06.06.2020) | Leech (bandcamp.com)

Recorded live on June 6th 2020
This is a special one as it was the first show after the lockdown in Switzerland hosting 300 people.

First there was silence.
Global lockdown. Stay at home – the memories of previous rock concerts lost somewhere between an unknown future and a past fading evermore into darkness.
And then… much sooner than expected, the Swiss government reopened the stage on June 6th, 2020. There was this drummer from a band who wanted to get back on stage right away. And then there was this venue, who throughout lockdown, only wanted to have one band on stage to celebrate the end of isolation, only one band to release the pent-up emotions of the previous 3 months: Leech.
Three days before the show the pre-sale started… and all 250 tickets sold out in three hours.
First there was silence, and then there was Leech.
Five minutes before the show there was still silence. The crowd was waiting for their first live show in three months. 250 people in one room, after being asked to stay home for weeks. A surreal feeling. Music-lovers from every corner of Switzerland once again felt what it means to be together. Shoulder to shoulder. The show started, tears fell down the
happy faces. It was magic. It was the end of silence.
A few weeks later, the number of infections rose again and the government went back to more stringent regulations. This show was meant to be a new beginning but ended up as a silver lining on the horizon. For all those who were a part of that show, the 6th of June is a moment of hope. A pandemic time-out. A moment to remember. Not the end, just one step out of this fucking disaster.
Enjoy this historic record. Enjoy the end of silence.
Marco Liembd, Konzerthaus Schüür

Spontanious.
This word explains why this show happened.
Our drummer was at home making dinner when his beautiful wife told him about the new regulations coming up on June 6th, 2020. From this date on it would be allowed to do shows again with 300 people. Our drummer thought “We have to play a show that day!”
Marco from the Schüür Club said, he had the same idea. During the lockdown , several times he thought about Leech being the first show he’d like to host. And from that night on everything just came together.
We put together a two hour show, and thought, “Why not do a live stream of a live show with a real audience?”
Everybody was really into it and just said yes. Once we had the “go” from Swiss authorithies with the safety regulations we could announce the show, which sold out after three hours!
People were just desperate to hear and see a real live concert again. And we were desperate to play live again. We would have been on tour in China at this point but because of Covid19 we were not.
The day of the show was pretty much normal. Load in, set up, soundcheck – business as usual. But when we hit the stage we felt that this is going to be very special night. The crowd was more than euphoric and we think our show was pretty good…!
Enjoy, stay healthy and happy and wash your hands. That will keep this record in good shape for much longer!
Leech
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released October 30, 2020

The Stolen View (Remaster)

The Stolen View (Remaster) | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Silent State Optimizer (Remaster) 08:41
2.The Man With The Hammer (Remaster) 08:30
3.Ziipfe (Remaster) 01:51
4.Inspiral (Remaster) 13:08
5.I Was Reversed (Remaster) 01:20
6.Totem & Tabu (Remaster) 19:45
7.Melide
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released October 23, 2020

(8) The Stolen View (Remaster) – YouTube

Inspiral (Remaster)

Inspiral (Remaster) | Leech (bandcamp.com)
released October 9, 2020

The Man With The Hammer (Remaster)

The Man With The Hammer (Remaster) | Leech (bandcamp.com)
released October 2, 2020

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Melide 06:13
2.Sure! Looks Real. 07:12
3.Hell 8 08:39
4.Dirty Seconds 08:15
5.Arrete 07:24
6.Herbstmonster 11:26
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released September 15, 2018

Instarmental 2017

Instarmental 2017 | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Demonic Voices (Studio) 06:20
2.500 Miles Daytona (Studio) 10:21
3.Demonic Voices (Live) 06:40
4.500 Miles Daytona (Live) 10:51
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released September 16, 2017

Instarmental 1997 (Remaster)

Instarmental 1997 (Remaster) | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Oscillator Train 11:44
2.Shooting Star Memories 06:26
3.Psycho-EM 05:23
4.500 Miles Daytona 17:06
5.Drive by Suicide 03:44
6.Unknown Horizons 23:31
7.Disco Fearer 04:48
8.Demonic Voices 07:40
9.Galactic Run (Into Myself) 11:08
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Leech Instarmental 1997 (Remaster)
Leech Instarmental 2017 (Live / Studio)
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released September 16, 2018

If We Get There One Day, Would You Please Open The Gates?

If We Get There One Day, Would You Please Open The Gates? | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Turbolina 05:25
2.Echolon 09:06
3.March Of The Megalomaniacs 11:12
4.Hands Full Of Hearts, Heart Full Of Head 11:19
5.Anthracite 03:01
6.October 06:23
7.Gravity Head 08:53
8.Amazing Hog 10:14
9.Nearly There 03:41
10.Endymion 07:40
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released March 2, 2012

The Stolen View

The Stolen View | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Silent State Optimizer 08:36
2.The Man With The Hammer 08:30
3.Ziipfe 01:45
4.Inspiral 13:08
5.I Was Reversed 01:19
6.Totem & Tabu 19:43
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released November 1, 2007

Soundtrack To An Individual Emotion Picture Mindmovie

Soundtrack To An Individual Emotion Picture Mindmovie | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Delirium Dancer 10:22
2.Inch The Speed 03:58
3.Enter The Velvet Tunnel 08:24
4.Die Maraton Männer 13:16
5.Hugo Burns The Harmony Hunt 05:18
6.Short Rocker 04:05
7.Hammoon 05:44
8.I Dream, For, I`m Not 05:08
9.Lovemanco 11:13
10.Deprotronic 10:05
11.Nebeleben 16:03
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released October 10, 1998

Instarmental (original release 1997)

Instarmental (original release 1997) | Leech (bandcamp.com)

1.Oscilator Train 11:44
2.Shooting Star Memories 06:27
3.Psycho-EM 05:21
4.500 Miles Daytona 14:03
5.Unknown Horizons 14:02
6.Disco Fearer 04:47
7.Demonic Voices 07:41
8.Galactic Run (Into My Self) 09:38
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released October 10, 1997

Reviews

Leech
If We Get There One Day…

4.5
superbReview by Ignimbrite USER (31 Reviews)
October 17th, 2012 | 57 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the perfect blend of atmosphere, exhilaration, dynamics, and emotion, “if we get there one day…” is one of the year’s strongest and most woefully underappreciated post-rock gems.

A few weeks ago, the world was taken by storm when a certain seminal post-rock collective released a new record, completely without warning and out of the blue, after a decade of silence. This record has been championed by many as the release to end all other post-rock releases this year, and to be fair, it is an utterly brilliant album. Yet, in all of the fervor over this milestone, another album, released seven months earlier, was completely forgotten. It’s safe to say that if we get there one day, will you please open the gates?, the fourth full-length release by Swiss post-rockers Leech, has gone largely under the radar ever since its early March release. This, my friends, is an utter travesty, for this album is up there with Swans and the aforementioned collective for the strongest, most emotive, most powerful album in its genre this year.

The actual mechanics of this album are, undoubtedly, not groundbreaking in any way. Leech do rely on the instrumental loud-quiet dynamics so typical of nearly every one of their peers, albeit eschewing the complex, classical qualities of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Yndi Halda for a more immediate style infused with piano and electronic flourishes reminiscent of Mogwai or God is an Astronaut. Their track lengths, like those of many other bands, often breach the ten-minute barrier, and they still rely heavily on repetition and relatively simple harmonies in their builds and massive power chords in their peaks. This strange refusal to push the boundaries of their genre may be the most prominent weakness displayed by Leech on this album, which is unfortunate because based on the amount of precision and compositional carefulness they put into every song, there is no doubt that the four members of this collective have the ability to create something truly unique.

All this to be said, the lack of originality on display here is hardly a problem solely in the context of this album. What Leech lack in uniqueness, they more than make up for in atmosphere, composition, dynamics, and pure emotion. One should look no further than five-minute opener “Turbolina” for confirmation of this. Over the span of this track, the shortest non-interlude on the album, the band wows the listener with beautiful melodies, infectious electronic flourishes, extremely solid drumming, and not a single moment of dullness. This final aspect carries over for the majority of the album’s lengthy 1.2 hour duration: an impressive feat of not for the mere fact that Leech’s peers struggle to hold our attention for even a forty-minute record. This may partially stem from the variety on display over the course of this lengthy album. Songs like “Echolon” and “March of the Megalomaniacs” are eerily reminiscent of Jakob – never a bad thing – in their droning, ambiance-soaked, percussion-driven soft periods, giving way to exhilarating and haunting climaxes. “Turbolina” and “October” display an immediacy that countless other post-rock acts could take a hint from, while Leech come dangerously close to Isis-esque post-metal in the heavier passages of “Hand Full of Hearts, Heart Full of Stones,” and show that they can even be downright catchy in the bassy groove of the main hook of “Gravity Head.” “Amazing Hog” brings to mind a bleak desert landscape in the way that Earth and Godspeed You! Black Emperor perfected a long time ago, complete with abundant slide guitars, while album closer “Endymion,” despite starting out not as strongly as the previous pieces, delivers one of the most emotional and exhilarating climaxes since Yndi Haldas’s “We Flood Empty Lakes.”

Because of how self-cannibalizing post-rock generally is today, it can often be difficult to really appreciate a band that eschews risks and originality for back-to-basics emotion and dynamics, and this is completely understandable as most of these attempts end in an hour of boredom rather than the transcendent experience that their progenitors undoubtedly intended. if we get there one day, will you please open the gates? is one of the first releases of this type in a very long time that completely surpasses expectations and actually delivers on its promise of simplistic, exhilarating, utterly beautiful post-rock, and in this regard it stands alongside the genre titans that have put out material this year as one of 2012’s few truly brilliant post-rock albums. With the atmosphere of Jakob, the exhilaration of sleepmakeswaves, the mildy unconventional flourishes of God is an Astronaut and Mogwai, and the pure emotion of Yndi Halda, the by-and-large overlooking of this album also makes it a part of one of the year’s greatest tragedies. We can only hope that the men of Leech continue on the path of this album and stake out their absolutely deserved place in the pantheon of truly exceptional post-rock acts.

Leech – If We Get There One Day… (album review ) | Sputnikmusic

Leech – For Better Of For Worse
22/9/20180 Comments

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For Better Of For Worse is an album by Swiss post rock group Leech, released on September 15. Almost fifty minutes long, the record has six very extensive tracks: Melide, Sure! Looks Real., Hell 8, Dirty Seconds, Arrete and Herbstmonster. A very beautiful, splendorous and fantastic album, with amazingly crafted and imponderable atmospheres, the work is a consecrating, lucid and vivacious anthem to infinity, that registers in the core of its creative and passionate ambitions a virtuous alliance between serenity, synergy, synchronism, majestic elegance and reverberating existential grace. Probably one of the most refined albums that I’ve ever heard in the genre, the group displays a unique and very singular style, that knows how to accommodate time and meticulously arrange space at the epicenter of exceedingly salutary and virtuous harmonies, as they expand, and aggregate entire universes of graceful sentimentality into the void of its melancholy.

With an introspective level of discreet ambivalence that works over its own colorful creative densities, Leech definitely embraces its own standards of voracious infinity, where the sound has no frontiers nor barriers to disrupt its waves. With a calmness that also seeks to create a natural balance between rhythm and melody, the sound agglomerates on the crest of its beauty a consistent, but robust and cohesive fragrance, that harmonizes the audacious tenacity of its technical elements in a zone of effective musical tonalities. Essentially, the creative sensibilities that comes out of this fabulous ordeal comprehends on the diagram of its fate the most sensitive path to execute with a majestic level of splendor its infuriatingly authentic perceptions of artistry.
With such a singular degree of audacity, and an exceptional level of creativity that is formidably genuine, and runs through a new palace of creative cosmogonies, the music of Leech is simply a wonderful collision of splendorous galaxies of everlasting serenity, upon which conscience becomes relaxed, and devoid of all deceptions. Instantly fulfilled by a universe of marvelous sonorous interactions, your organic vitalities are converted into the most magnificent allegory of peace and tranquility, that could ever be transplanted into music.

A magnificent album that greatly works in very introspective nuances the most elemental qualities of the genre, For Better Of For Worse is a wonderful state of the art work, that will dramatically change your perceptions about music. With the elaboration of a very peculiar and original harmonious galaxy that maintains the fundamental beauty of its axial sonorous diagram, Leech definitely creates a style of their own, and deserves to be recognized as one of the most consistent and unique exponents of post rock in the underground scene.

Wagner

Leech – For Better Of For Worse (merchantsofair.com)

Stupendous and renowned Swiss post rock band, active since 1997, uses layered textures of atmosphere, environment, full of feelings, with supreme refinement.

Their melodies are long, well structured, harmonious, with an individual resourcefulness of their members in brilliant and performing performances.

With powerful chords and an increasing oscillating cadence, the creativity in building each musical note in its musical sky is of extreme competence, breaking all established limits.

With an exquisite and valuable collection, all the albums are impeccably fantastic, all a masterpiece of extreme good taste.

A caveat and a must, is the last Live 06.06.0.020 album, masterful performance and impeccable selection.

I hope you enjoy this compilation, hug and success.

Aryon Maiden

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