I love these kids. Yes, one of them happens to be my son, Julian, so duh, but seriously, I absolutely love watching SLEUTH, the band, develop.
Self-described as two nerds, one charismatic, one giant–and all four are looking about for clues with delicate resistance to art school etiquette without being artless or heartless, Sleuth’s members are The Lion in Love, Julian Bowers, Oliver McTavish-Wisden, and Jesse Easter.
And “things are happening!” as my daughter, Anna, would say!
Brave Knew Nothing by Sleuth was recorded on an island in Washington state in a forest next to the ocean, by three naive and earnest Canadians with the aid of a wise sage. The music explores indiepop tropes with a backlog of literary, artistic and musical references to supporting soulful lyrics. The group of friends came together in early 2010 featuring The Lion in Love on guitar, vocals with Julian Bowers on drums, guitar and Oliver McTavish-Wisden on keys and later, Jesse Easter on bass. Having quickly amassed a selection of songs to be recorded 8 months later produced by Jherek Bischoff (The Parenthetical Girls, Dead Science), the music is now available on a limited cassette or download: