Following on from the success of our last Detour release, we are proud to present YET another band from Southend-On-Sea. This seaside town in Essex was a hot bed of young and exciting new bands back in the late 70s.
The Leepers were no different from all the other hopefuls all looking for stardom except they had the look, the attitude and two great song writers in their ranks in the way of Gary Simpson & Pete Helmer along with Paul Helmer playing bass and Sav on drums. One of Pete’s other brothers (John) had already found fame in the up and coming Brighton based band The Piranhas….
With MOD sweeping the country back in 1979, the band had a shared interest in the 60s. The life style, the music, the scooters AND above everything else THE CLOTHES!
The band were courted by several record labels but sadly no deal followed. By late 1980, the Mod scene started changing. The smartly dressed Mods started wearing more elaborate clothes with frilly shirts and sequins. This new scene was Psychedelia… The band didn’t see it as selling out, just a natural progression to what had also happened in the sixties. They changed their name to Le Mat and brought in new member Mark Mifsud-Bonnici to add a new direction to the band by introducing violin & Keyboards. With this new line up, they signed to ‘Whaaam Records’ and released one single and one album…. For now, that is a new chapter that we will re-visit at a later date!
This release features TEN original tracks recorded back in 1979, PLUS, another three tracks just as the band morphed into Le Mat and would included in the set list of Le Mat.
All 13 tracks are unreleased until now!!!!
Paint A Day / Going Through The Motions / Ronnie's House / Could It Be? / Sun Arise / Good Morning / Play My Game / On My Own / Drifting Away / Funny Old Life / Common People / Watkins Glen / Somewhere In The Night