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Almost every musician now-a-days stages themselves as artists and environmentally conscience, but Leo Blais is genuinely all of the above. Leo Blais combines the musicianship of Jason Collett and Ben Folds with the eccentric verve of David Byrne and the mission of Al Gore. We'll be bringing you a collection of maxi-singles that will eventually combine to become the Everyone's Feelin Alone Collection. In total, this collection will have 40 songs. The first installation, Slow Drivin, boasts 5 total tracks, 4 of which are b-sides, including a version of George Harrison's song, "Beware of Darkness". There will be a new maxi-single/EP from the collection released monthly, beginning with the song "All In All" off Slow Drivin (Part I of the Everyone's Feelin Alone Collection). If Leo Blais sounds familiar, you may recognize him from performances with Snow Patrol, Dispatch, The Dresdon Dolls, Sam Roberts, and The Neighborhoods.
With thousands of letters and many gallons of paint, it took Leo over two years of constructing, painting, and displaying to get the artwork ready for the Everyone's Feelin Alone LP and the other 10 maxi-single EP's in the collection. Using an X-acto knife, a sharpie, and quite a bit of patience, Leo carved out and constructed all of the letters that make up each of the lyrics and liner notes inside each of the albums. Every single one of the song titles are hand painted and shaded gray for a 3-dimensional look. His debut LP has a poster inside, which is a wrap around of his apartment in Lowell, MA. See more here:
Leo Blais constructs The Free EP over a weekend inside his apartment in Lowell, MA and talks about the 'everyone's feelin alone' collection that took 5 years to record and over 3 years to construct. For more information about the collection go to http://www.leoblais.com
Leo is also taking a progressive approach to "going green", as they say, ensuring that the Everyone's Feelin Alone LP and the subsequent touring will all be carbon neutral. The carbon footprint made by making the LP will be offset by the planting of trees in forests that have been ravaged by wildfires.
Layout of the installation of Leo Blais' Everyone's Feelin Alone collection:
Slow Drivin - maxi single Part I (2008)
Sincerity - maxi single Part II (2008)
Everyone's Feelin Alone - LP (TBA)
The Free EP - Part IV (2008)
Nice Day - maxi-single Part V (TBA)
Come Again - maxi-single Part VI (TBA)
All in All - maxi-single Part VII (TBA)
Life is Fiction - maxi-single Part VIII (TBA)
Show Me Love - maxi-single Part IX (TBA)
Everybody Was The War - EP Part X (TBA)
"Leo is not only creative, but incredibly hardworking as evidenced by the hours of effort put into his art projects to complement his "Everyone's Feelin Alone" project. In addition, he's among the most personable and attentive artists that we've had through the WERS studio. Psyched to have local talent of his caliber!" - John Parsons, WERS 88.9FM Boston
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For more info on the series/music/videos:
The Free EP
Leo Blais on Myspace
Leo Blais on Facebook
Leo Blais on Twitter
Leo Blais on iTunes
Leo Blais on YouTube
Leo Blais on ATO's Site
Leo Blais on Jango
For any questions regarding Leo Blais please contact:
Steve Theo @ Pirate!
Email: steve at piratepirate dot com