THE GREAT LESLIE

The Great Leslie is a metaphysical, Bond-like, Spartacus-esque being, originally in the guise of Tony Curtis in his crowning role, and now personified by four ex-cons, all of whom were sent down for indecent assault after passing wind in a cinema. They’ve come together in search of their fortune and have each attested that in another life they would be pirates if it weren’t for their crippling fear of water.

Made up of Lead Singer Ollie Trevers, drummer Ryan Lavender, bassist Alfie Pawsey, and lead guitarist Freddie Miles, the band formed at the beginning of the pandemic with the dream team coming together in January 2022.

They have racked up several successes in their short tenure, their riff-driven release ‘Money‘ was crowned BBC Introducing’s Track of the Week. This was closely followed by their anthemic tonic to self-flagellation, ‘Out Of My Hands‘, which features on Channel 4’s show Sunday Brunch. Their single ‘Everything From Last Night‘, received airtime from the legendary John Kennedy on Radio X, with him calling it an ‘instant hit’.

Their single, ‘That’s Alright‘, was quickly picked up by BBC Introducing gaining multiple plays by Johnny Doom of Kerrang! Radio. This follows from their hard-hitting dose of indie, ‘See You Again‘, which received airplay on BBC Radio Wales by Janice Long (formerly of Top of the Pops) and was also crowned BBC Introducing’s Track of the Week. From then onwards Janice was a constant supporter of the band, playing a number of their singles on BBC Radio Wales until her untimely passing.

Towards the end of 2021 the band released their last two songs, ‘You Lost Yourself’ and ‘Anna’, both of which received airplay from multiple stations including Kerrang! Radio, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Wales, Islington Radio and XS Manchester (Anna being ‘Record Of The Week’).

They have just released their latest single ‘Feel Alive’ which has gone down a storm with fans and DJs alike, garnering the bands first ever Apple Editorial playlist in the ‘New in Rock’ playlist, two featured playlists from Amazing Radio, with plays in the states and the UK, and airtime on both Radio X and Kerrang! Radio on the same day from John Kennedy and Johnny Doom.