Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and his Fiction. Led by Detroit native Daniel James (lead vocal/guitar), their essential make up sprouted from collaborations made on the road in the whirlwind cycle of touring. From San Francisco to LA to Austin various musical adventures had come and gone, until James found a common vision in the musicians he'd met along the way. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel James to exercise his virtues gained from years in Detroit, the seminal force of Leopold and his Fiction is the catalyst for soul-drenched, bare-bones rock 'n' roll that shakes with the power of '73-era Stooges while seducing with the rhythm and blues of Motown. James balanced this raw, naïve energy by becoming a founding member of alt-country folk rock act Cowboy and Indian, enjoying a successful run playing festivals, including Austin City Limits, and recording a full-length album.
The next Leopold and his Fiction album promises a full pallet of artistry from America's deep, dark underbelly and rootsy fabric to a revival of an Rn'B-tinged, backwoods charm. It goes back to the days when Motown and Stax loaded singles with a hip-shaking groove on the A-side and a ballad in 6/8 on the B-side that could be crooned under the moonlight.