Urchin PR

New Member
Apr 28, 2008

& special guests Windings

Whelan’s, Saturday May 08, 8pm

Tickets: WAV [Lo-Call 1890 200 078], Tickets.ie, City Discs, Road Records & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

“One of rock’s last great intellectual populists…” – Pitchfork

For over ten years, Ted Leo has been one of the most progressive forces in East Coast independent music, with a unique combination of punk and folk, soul and hardcore, and tradition and experimentation.
Originally rising to a small degree of fame in the late-'80s New York hardcore scene by playing with Citizen's Arrest and Animal Crackers, Leo left New York for Washington, D.C., in 1990, when he founded and fronted Chisel, one of the first mod/punk revival outfits to gain national notoriety. Leo was the primary songwriter and singer of Chisel, recording two full-length records with the band that were released on Gern Blandsten in the mid-'90s and leading the band on countless short tours.

Chisel's eventual breakup in 1997 came after their critically acclaimed Set You Free album. Leo went on to a variety of musical endeavors, including two years of on-again, off-again touring as a guitarist with the Spinanes, and a short-lived project called the Sin Eaters that he founded with his brother, Danny Leo, and former Van Pelt bassist Sean Greene. The Sin Eaters' progressive, politically charged, punk-fused rock and local all-star lineup took the New York underground by storm between 1997 and 1998, until Danny left the band.

When the Sin Eaters disbanded without a recorded legacy in 1998, Ted Leo was left without a band and began his career as a solo artist. He remained active by producing the Secret Stars' debut record, Geneologies, and touring alone on the East Coast and through the Midwest. He eventually recorded a self-titled full-length on his homestead, Gern Blandsten Records, in 1999 with a new band, the Pharmacists, that included various friends and affiliates of the Secret Stars, including Jodi Buonanno. This record marked a notable change in Leo's sound, which, mostly due to his performance practices, was more and more rooted in songwriting legends like Billy Bragg and Alex Chilton. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists released a split with the One AM Radio later that year as a collaborative effort of both Gern Blansten and Garbage Czar.

In spring 2000, Leo’s Treble in Trouble was released on New Jersey-based Ace Fu Records, displaying a more aggressive and romantic bent to Leo's writing. In early summer 2001, Leo released a polished studio effort, The Tyranny of Distance, on Lookout Records. It was followed by the equally strong Hearts of Oak in 2003. Shake the Sheets, which appeared in 2004, would prove to be his last for then-troubled Lookout, as Leo signed with Chicago-based Touch and Go in 2006. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists eventually returned in March 2007 with full-length number five, Living with the Living. In 2009 Leo signed with Matador, and in March this year he released his first record The Brutalist Bricks.

Luther Blissett

Active Member
Apr 18, 2001
Saw Ted Leo & the Pharmacists last night in London and they were amazing. They played a mixture of new and old songs, including a storming version of Biomusicology, before finishing their encore with Angelfuck by The Misfits.

It was refreshing to see a band that really enjoys playing live and Ted Leo is without doubt the nicest man in rock. Just wish I could see them again on Saturday.


Well-Known Member
Since 2000
Nov 7, 2000
Can't wait. Guy's a hero. He never disappoints.
Then THINK ABOUT LIFE upstairs after!

Stan Bowles

Well-Known Member
Jul 26, 2003
I'm heading to the front end synthetics jobbie after, should be a great night.

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