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Photos by Shervin Lainez

 

Pitchfork

8.2 - A 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers...while offering a supple-enough sound to become something of a headphone symphony…You could spend a month mapping the parts written into these three-minute tunes and still find something new on the next listen…This is vivid and immediate music, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be intricate.“

The New Yorker

“Leverage Models...specialize in discomfiting pop music. On their second full-length album, "Whites", they sketch out nervy vignettes of characters whose experiences are informed by the minutiae of our own unsettling world"

 

Bandcamp

NEW & NOTABLE: "Art-pop that turns a critical eye on the world, as accessible as it is complex"

PopMatters

9/10 - "Glorious...There are no genres that can confine these restless and curious musical souls...these songs impress with their tunefulness, ingenuity, and passion...all the while addressing potent cultural and political issues both personal and public...The music world can gain a great deal by paying close attention to this band. If they don't, well, maybe we don't deserve them.”

The Guardian

"Rapturous bursts of bright horn-fuelled funk-pop…Great”  [New Band of the Day feature] ”

Dusted

"These songs just burst into light...one of the most vital statements released in 2018"

Untitled Magazine

“an exceptional piece of work – musically dense, rich...and heady without being over wrought...giving us hope again for what’s to come”

 

The Village Voice

"Infatuating"

The Passion of the Weiss

“A surprisingly massive 35 minutes of arch-pop and new wave-inspired dance music…with an existential slant...Striking, ready-made anthems for turbulent times, current and foreseeable."

Born Music

"Leverage Models create a hyper-pop miasma. a gloriously chaotic headrush...Leverage Models do not exist to adhere to existing pop blueprints, but to reinterpret the familiar...not for one millisecond is it anything short of absolutely thrilling"

Mecca Lecca

“Underneath a maximalist pop exterior, there’s a fragile sensitivity that pushes Whites beyond being just a well-executed 21st century take on sophisti-pop...an overwhelming maximalist display that encompasses what may be Fields’ most serious and impassioned lyrics to date" 

Other Music

"Undeniably infectious…dreamy

 

Spin Magazine

"Dark, off-kilter pop best suited for shaking to death...a synth-powered shapeshifter...an elastic bit of oddball electroni-pop”

 

eMusic

"A definite sense of otherwordly euphoria

Week In Pop

"Leverage Models deliver the progressive future pop of now during today's tumultuous times. “[a] genuine and earnest labor of love…that ponders how our world has arrived at the mess we're in…yet somehow amid our universal anxiety attacks, Leverage Models send us a sense of hope"

 

Audiofemme

"Like being in a brand new, exotic and densely stimulating city… the album bears so little comparison to anything else in its category, finding the songs’ trajectories requires enough listening to get past just being dazzled by the bright lights and shiny metals”

 

Dangerous Minds

"Head-scratchingly brilliant"

 

Insound

"MP3 of the Week: off-kilter pop…uplifting

 

Vogue (Netherlands)

“The ultimate cure for depression

 

The Deli Magazine

"Best Emerging Artist, 2014 - Seizing on electro and drawing on the depths of consciousness, Leverage Models create deliciously vibrant music. A bubbling sonic palette doused in multiple dimensions, the band makes glorious, glistening sounds, nuanced with commentary and clever perceptive notes, that pulse with passion, short pounds and reverberating rhythms adding a complexity that never digresses from what it is – pure pop. Churning and bristling with self-confessed dark emotions, there’s a restlessness to it all, a deliberate provocativeness that thrives. It’s the masterwork of producer and creator Shannon Fields, his inspired hand sketching and shifting through the sounds of the bandmates to build music to dance, shake, groove and live to. ”

 

Origami Vinyl (Los Angeles)

"A massively catchy sound that grows on you…energizing”

 

The Daily News / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Captivating…Fields impresses throughout”

 

YVYNYL

"Suddenly you realize you’ve been slowly seduced…This sucker bites hard, fangs bury deep into our subconscious and beg to you to listen again and again."

 

Ian Mathers (Resident Advisor, Dusted) on Small Immunities

"One of my two favourite records of the year; Leverage Models is both so immediately pleasurable to me and so full of depth (of sound, of feeling, of thought) that I’ve played it dozens and dozens of times and still feel like I’m discovering new things to delight in…The most humane, colourful, canny, compositionally interesting album of the year, for me.”

Philadelphia Weekly

"A glistening, electrified dance rock record"

 

The Onion A.V. Club

"Seriously layered, ornate, and frenzied electronic transmissions…excellent

 

Portland Mercury

"Excellentworld-spanning pop that will do to your ears what this bright July summer sun is doing to your mood”

 

The Big Takeover

"Surprising, sometimes sad and disturbing

 

The Independent (Raleigh, NC)

"With synth timbres and insistent melodies reminiscent of Brian Eno and John Cale’s 1990 collaboration, Wrong Way Up, Leverage Models seem to be fascinated with a more direct, if no less experimental, approach to songwriting.”

 

The Michigan Daily

Expansive and infectious ”

 

Creative Loafing (Atlanta, GA)

"Working with a refined palette of elegant textures and curious arrangements, Leverage Models breathes new life into the experimental art-pop once ballasted by such aficionados as Scritti Politti, Japan, and A Certain Ratio

 

Tiny Mix Tapes

"Fields reaches directly back to the specifically New Wave strands of the 80s, without the self-conscious concerns of contemporaneity that innumerable other acts have long exhibited, but from there makes them truly his own, (con)forming to a new, and uniquely signature sound

OhMyRockness

"Grand, engaging, and wonderfully weird

 

INDYWeek (Raleigh, NC)

"Reflective textures and racing rhythms pushing up hooks like mountain peaks…dramatic and arching, their music is meant for world tours navigated by private jets and populated by backstage legions”

 

WXPN "The Key" (Philadelphia, PA)

"Soaring and mind-swirling…warm and bright

 

Mecca Lecca

“[Interim Deliverable EP] Anyone who knows Shannon Fields knows that he’s the kind of musician that’s capable of creating groundbreaking music…With Stars Like Fleas Fields ventured into some strange territory that other bands couldn’t possibly be capable of, but Stars Like Fleas were not the type of band that a wide audience would enjoy…. “Dreaming of Accidents” is ultimately a perfect pop song, but it’s more than just that.

 

BlogTO (Toronto, ON)

"Leverage Models vocals reach out from underneath heavy drum machine beats & zapping synth lines. Haunting, almost gothic at times. This is heavy dance fuzz mania.”

 

 

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Jon Chattman, A-Sides / Huffington Post

"[Leverage Models] just crushes it and I don’t use that term lightly

 

The Michigan Daily (Detroit, MI)

"Expansive and infectious…impressive”

 

The Village Voice (NYC)

"[Seeing] Leverage Models live is like watching a fireworks display. Frontman Shannon Fields is a powder keg of nervous energy, belting words through a megaphone, jangling a tambourine, and flailing through the crowd. He doesn’t dance so much as combust. ” - Lindsey Rhoades

 

 

digBoston (Boston, MA)

"Fields was a tent revival Fury, wailing and crooning… the music conjured a danceable commentary on human struggle through personal and corporate corruption”

 

Gaper's Block (Chicago, IL)

“[Leverage Models] held a unique grandness over the crowd…energetic and inspired…ecstatic… I’m sure most people came specifically to see Son Lux, but Leverage Models left their exciting set with a lot of new fans cheering for more.”

 

Random Nerds, D.C. (Hopscotch Festival Roundup, 2015)

“While there is an undeniably lackadaisical feel to Hopscotch, there are most certainly those precious, deserving acts you know you have to make time for no matter what. For yours truly, that was Leverage Models. The Brooklyn-based band birthed from songwriter Shannon Fields has come a long way since first releasing their 2013 debut LP, and having expanded into a fully-formed 6-piece, their sound is as impressive as ever. The addition of Tiny Hazard’s Alena Spanger and a true embracing of their dramatic pop sound has me thinking they could really go places with the new album Shannon and company teased. I only saw their official set the final night of the festival and it was one of the more memorable parts of my trip, but rumor has it their day show that kicked off the day at noon might have won Best Performance of the Weekend”. – Bryce Rudow, Editor-In-Chief

 

Brightest Young Things (Washington, D.C.)

"Ridiculously fun…intoxicating

 

Flavorpill (NYC)

"energetic...[Leverage Models'] songs hit pop buttons in a very strange way"

 

Folio Weeklu (Jacksonville, FL)

"Churning, synthesized electronics flow over pounding drum roll and anxiety-inducing guitar feedback… Shannon Fields tangos his away up and down the stage while recounting the majesty of our Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings… an entertaining assault on the senses"

 

OhMyRockness (New York, NY)

"Grand, engaging, and wonderfully weird

 

Audiofemme (New York, NY)

As complex as the stars above our heads and equally as beautiful, the New Yorkers create intricate dance music about some very serious topics, ranging from rebelling against political authority to self-harm.

 

IndyWeek (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC)

"Dancing in Neptunes is already an exercise in claustrophobia, but dancing and finding yourself trapped in a weird web of pop experimentalism may cause euphoric seizures. Bring it on, LEVERAGE MODELS"

 

The Indie Blender (Toronto, ON)

"Energetic and entertaining…[the] singer reminded me of Edward Norton circa Fight Club in his disheveled suit"

 

WSOE 89.3FM (Durham, NC)

"Hopscotch 2015 Picks: After listening to their excellent self-titled 2013 release, it surprised me that Leverage Models has flown under the radar of most people...Leverage Models brings a fast-paced edge to the normal electronic pop balance. Their knitting of multiple decades of influences provides the opportunity for a completely inimitable sound, unrivaled by electronic artists today."

 

Jambase.com (Hopscotch Festival, 2015)

"Ten Best Moments Of Hopscotch Music Festival 2015:  Their set was a much needed morning wake up as the six-piece band from upstate New York filled the air with percussive dance-inspired rock music and an animatic frontman Shannon Fields who dressed in white danced and sung his way into our hearts. This band has heavy vibes in the area of the Talking Heads and of Montreal”

 

Concert Confessions (St. Louis, MO)

"Amazing"

 

Philly.com (Phildaelphia, PA)

Terrific… convulsively energetic

 

Arts Extract (Madison, WI)

"Pop that’s lush and busy but relentlessly taut. Leader Shannon Fields gives it all a slightly sinister edge with the disciplined, never-too-cushy arrangement and cryptic lyrics, but that never tamps down the glimmer of the synths or the exhuberance of the roto-toms”)

 

Posture Magazine (Savannah, GA)

"I fell in love"

 

Unrecorded (Chicago, IL)

Exuberant, complex… it went too quickly, leaving the audience wanting more

 

INDYWeek (Raleigh, NC)

"Updaters of grand synthpop traditions, with reflective textures and racing rhythms pushing up hooks like mountain peaks. Dramatic and arching”

 

WHUS (SXSW, Austin, TX)

"A funky, groovy, 80s harkening space oddity…The performance was fantastic and vibrant

 

Real Detroit Weekly (Detroit, MI)

"Recommended! Bizarre, dreamily ambient sounds coupled with energetic beats will have you smiling and dancing in no time

 

BrooklynVegan (Brooklyn, NY

"[brings] the record's widescreen ambitions to life"

 

Holus Bolus Indie (New York, NY)

 

"Recommended! One of the few things that have broken me out of my 2048 induced haze