Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Benjamin Francis Leftwich's New Album After The Rain Out Now
Today, Benjamin Francis Leftwich releases his second album After The Rain! In the lead up to the release Leftwich has shared a track a week across all streaming platforms with the final two tracks “Frozen Moor” and “Just As I Was Waking Up” revealed today, completing the album.
To celebrate the release of the album Leftwich is playing a series on free, acoustic in-stores around the UK, starting today in London. He will then head out on a second run of headline dates following the success of his Spring / Summer tour. Starting in September this extensive tour takes in the UK, Europe and the US with tickets on sale now.
Following the release of his 2011 acclaimed debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, a record which has gone on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide and had over 150 million global Spotify plays, Leftwich’s life was thrown into an unexpected path when he went through one of the hardest things in life, the loss of a parent and his number one source of inspiration, his father.
Coming at the peak of Ben’s success and stuck between tours and caring for his father, Ben invited producers to his hometown in an attempt to work on new material, to muted results. “I just knew that I needed to not do this for a while,” he admits of his mental state following his father’s passing. “For me, I just needed to live outside of music.”
Now, 5 years after the release of his debut album, Leftwich returned earlier this year with the news of the Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money) produced new album. Written during those months which saw him at his lowest, the record is a creation that exists between light and dark; one that is delicate yet grand, melancholic yet optimistic, whilst remaining utterly timeless.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – After The Rain: iTunes | Vinyl/CD | Spotify
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces North American Tour
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has today announced a new headline tour for North America! Taking in 26 dates throughout November and December, the Fall tour follows his recent sell out run across North America and will come shortly after the release of his highly anticipated second album After The Rain - out August 19th. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10am local time on Friday 5th August.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – After The Rain: iTunes | Vinyl/CD | Spotify
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Shares "Mayflies" Video
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has unveiled the video for 'Mayflies', the first single from his long awaited second album, After The Rain, which is out August 19th.
Mayflies was debuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show and follows album track “Tilikum”, which was previewed as part of the album announcement earlier this year. Furthering the atmosphere Ben crafted with the record's first track, 'Mayflies' pits subtly intertwined samples against beautifully restrained guitars, expertly layered instrumentation and Ben's synonymous vocals, culminating in a track that perfectly encapsulates the uplifting side to an emotionally demanding record.
The video for Mayflies was directed by Jake Jelicich and is described by Leftwich as “referencing the final hours of a party before everything is frozen in time. It’s the snapshot of a night where everyone is caught up in the present, living their own adventures unbeknown the world is ending. The idea was to capture the feeling of exhilaration and hope for the future that we all sense in the moment, contrasted with the reality check of dawn. Mayflies fuck and they die. Everything is so wrong yet so perfect.”
Ben has just completed a sold out headline tour taking in 24 dates across the U.K and Europe and is heading out on a U.S tour throughout July with more dates to be announced soon.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich - After The Rain: iTunes | Vinyl and CD
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Shares New Video for "Tilikum"
Taken from his new album After The Rain, Benjamin Francis Leftwich is sharing the video to his new song “Tilikum” - the effortlessly beautiful and honest opening track from his upcoming second album, due out on August 19th.
Recorded in the foothills of Dartmoor the video provides the perfect backdrop to the journey Leftwich has undertaken over the past five years, symbolising his process of dealing with grief and finding closure along the way.
When it came to finding a location for the video Leftwich adds: “I really wanted to film something special in a really desolate but beautiful part of the world to convey the sense of loneliness and desperation vs the future and hope that I feel in the song.”
Benjamin Francis Leftwich - After The Rain: iTunes | Vinyl and CD
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces New Album, After The Rain
Today, Benjamin Francis Leftwich announced that he will be releasing his first album in five years on August 19, 2016. Below you can find a message from Benjamin about the release.
Along with the album announcement, Benjamin has shared the first single off the upcoming record titled “Tilikum.” Hear the track and pre-order After The Rain HERE.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich's 'Box of Stones' on Teen Mom Tonight on MTV
Tune in to MTV tonight at 10/9c to hear Benjamin Francis Leftwich's song "Box of Stones" in Teen Mom! In addition, Benjamin's video for "Atlas Hands" will run in the "Featured Artist" spots during the show. Check out MTV Soundtrack for more info.
Both "Box of Stones" and "Atlas Hands" appear on Benjamin's album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm [iTunes Link], available now.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich's In The Open EP Available Today, Rescheduled Tour Dates Announced
Benjamin Francis Leftwich's newly anticipated four-track In The Open EP has been released today on all digital retailers! As one of the most compelling artists of last year, Ben's new EP reinforces just how strong of a songwriting force he truly is. You can download it here on ITUNES or AMAZON.
Forced to postpone his North American Tour due to a family matter, Ben will now be kicking off his tour on February 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA with dates across the US and Canada.
Feb 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Feb 03 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Feb 05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Feb 06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Feb 07 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
Feb 08 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Feb 09 – Kamloops, BC @ Habitat
Feb 10 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino
Feb 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
Feb 12 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Feb 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre
Feb 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Turf
Feb 16 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Feb 17 – Lansing, MI @ Mac Bar
Feb 18 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
Feb 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
Feb 20 – Toronto, ON @ Rivoli
Feb 21 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Feb 22 – Boston, MA @ Naga (Radio BDC show)
Feb 23 – New York, NY @ Studio @ Webster Hall
Feb 25 – Philadelphia @ World Café Live
Feb 26 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 27 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Benjamin Francis Leftwich to Release In The Open EP 11/20, North American Tour Begins 11/8
Benjamin Francis Leftwich will release a new EP, In The Open, on November 20th and is set to tour the UK and USA for the remainder of 2012. In The Open features Ben’s ethereal vocals gliding over a wistful lament which proves that Ben was not just one of the most compelling new artists of last year, but is an enduring songwriting force. There is a haunting beauty to his vocal that is unmistakable and uniquely his own. Click to listen to the title track on Soundcloud or YouTube or check it out below.
Benjamin has now toured the world and played a string of festival dates over the summer including Green Man, T In The Park, Hop Farm and Reading and Leeds Festivals and this year’s iTunes Festival also saw Ben invited back for a second time. This autumn Ben embarks on an extensive 31-date North American tour that begins November 8 in San Francisco and is set to wrap up Atlanta, Georgia on December 19. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit: BenjaminFrancisLeftwich.com.
In The Open EP track-listing:
1. In The Open
2. Break The Day Open
3. Manchester Snow
4. Is That You On That Plane?
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Named One of iTunes' "Great New Artists", Grab Debut Album for $7.99
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Performs "Box of Stones" in San Francisco for In the Open
Last month we saw Benjamin Francis Leftwich perform “Pictures” in San Francisco for In the Open. Today, we get a new performance from that session! Watch below, or head HERE to see Ben perform “Box of Stones” on a San Francisco hillside.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Performs for The Portland Sessions
Benjamin Francis Leftwich recently hooked up with The Portland Sessions to record a few songs. Watch Ben perform “Maps”, “Pictures”, and “Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm” at a florist shop in Portland HERE, or below! These tracks appear on Ben’s debut album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm [iTunes Link], which is in stores now.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Performs "Pictures" in San Francisco for In the Open
Benjamin Francis Leftwich recently shot a session with In the Open. Check out Ben's performance of "Pictures", which appears on his debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm [iTunes Link], with the beautiful San Francisco landscape in the background HERE, or below!
Benjamin Francis Leftwich's Debut Album Now Available on CD at Amazon
Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s debut album, Last Smoke Before the Smokestorm, is now available on CD via Amazon. Grab your copy today for just $12.99!
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Begins First US Tour Tonight, Download First Single and Mike Skinner Remix
22-year-old British singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich will play his very first show on U.S. soil tonight in Buffalo, New York. Ben begins his debut U.S. tour with a string of headline dates before hooking up with Australian indie-pop band The Jezebels on April 10th in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. Click HERE for all dates and ticket links.
Leftwich is releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, later this summer on Vagrant Records. Download the first single from the album, ”Atlas Hands”, as well as a remix of the track by Mike Skinner (The Streets) below. You can also check out the video for ”Atlas Hands”, which has received over 1 million plays with clips for ”Pictures” and ”Box of Stones” hot on its heels with nearly as many views.
Welcome Benjamin Francis Leftwich to Vagrant Records!
22-year-old British singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich announced today that Vagrant Records will release his critically acclaimed debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm. The album is available today through all digital service providers (including iTunes
and Amazon) and will be released as a deluxe CD package later this summer. The deluxe edition will include new material that Leftwich will be recording back in the UK after his upcoming North American tour with Australian indie-pop band, The Jezabels.
“I'm really excited to finally be releasing Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in the US,” said Ben. “It's great to have found the right home for it at Vagrant and to be amongst a great roster of talented artists. I'm really proud of this record and am looking forward to touring in the US through March, April and May. I've always had a real love for lots of different types of American music and it's humbling to finally get to go over there and play.”
The intriguingly intimate Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm has been a stunning success in the UK due to prestigious radio play, glowing tastemaker press including The Sunday Times calling Ben “…a serious new talent,” as well as Ben’s own dedication to touring. Last summer’s schedule included 26 festival performances followed by a massive sold out headlining tour of the UK. 2012’s touring calendar is shaping up to rival that with several US tours in the works and Ben’s recently announced largest consecutive running tour in the UK in 2012. The video for the single “Atlas Hands” has received almost 1 million plays with “Pictures” and “Box of Stones” hot on its heels with nearly as many viewers.
Inspired by the likes of Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros, Ben was writing songs and playing with a band in his hometown York music scene at age 15, before starting work as a solo artist at 18 and beginning to write what now makes up his forthcoming debut album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm.
Spring 2012 North American tour:
March 20th – Homegrown Hamilton / Hamilton, Ontario #
March 21st – Raw Sugar Cafe / Ottawa, Ontario #
March 22nd – CMW Cameron House / Toronto, Ontario #
March 23rd – CMW Supermarket / Toronto, Ontario #
March 25th – E Bar / Guelph, Ontario #
March 26th – Call The Office / London, Ontario #
March 28th – 2nd Cup / Buffalo, New York #
March 29th – Vibe Lounge / Syracuse, New York #
April 3rd – Cafe Nine / New Haven, Connecticut #
April 4th – Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania #
April 5th – Music Gallery / Baltimore, Maryland #
April 10th – Bowery Ballroom / New York ^
April 11th – The Knitting Factory / Brooklyn, New York #
April 13th – Johnny Brendas / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ^
April 14th – Red Palace / Washington, D.C ^
April 16th – Brighton Music Hall / Boston, Massachusetts ^
April 17th – Divan Orange / Montreal, Quebec ^
April 18th – Mod Club / Toronto, Quebec ^
April 19th – The Active Room / Detroit, Michigan #
April 20th – Lincoln Hall / Chicago, Illinois ^
April 21st – Triple Rock / Minneapolis, Minnesota ^
April 23rd – WECC / Winnipeg, Manitoba ^
April 24th – Amigo’s / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ^
April 26th – Starlite / Edmonton, Alberta ^
April 27th – SAIT / Calgary, Alberta ^
April 28th – The Royal / Nelson, British Colombia ^
April 30th – The Longhorn / Whistler, British Columbia ^
May 1st – Venue / Vancouver, British Columbia ^
May 2nd – Lucky Bar / Victoria, British Columbia #
May 3rd – Crocodile / Seattle, Washington ^
May 4th – Mississippi / Portland, Oregon ^
May 8th – Independent / San Francisco, California ^
May 9th – Soho / Santa Barbara, California ^
May 11th – Troubadour / Los Angeles, California ^
May 12th – Casbah / San Diego, California ^
# - headline show
^ - supporting The Jezabels