Photo courtesy Jennifer McManus
“Leland Sundries’ new EP, The Foundry was released in February 2012. The band is the brain child of Nick Loss-Eaton who played guitar, banjo, harmonium, harmonica, and vocals on the EP. Their last record received praise from The New York Times, who declared “…dedicated to storytelling in a way that recalls Woody Guthrie and his Folkways brethren. [Their] scrappy Americana will get you longing for empty two-lane highways and kudzu-encased back porches.”
The band is touring in support of the EP and stops at the T’Bird in Pittsburgh this Sunday on a bill with Weathered Road and Joan Hutcheson. Score your tickets here. Nick was nice enough to take a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.
- The first album you ever bought?
- Hard to remember the first album I bought on my own. It was probably a Beatles tape or Chuck Berry’s “The Great 28”.
- Your last album bought?
- I just picked up the new Ray Wylie Hubbard and a ’90s Flat Duo Jets album in Saratoga Springs, NY while on tour.
- Favorite album of all time?
- It feels kind of cliché after the recent reissue, but the Stones’ “Exile on Main Street”.
- Least favorite/most disappointing album?
- In high school and early college, I was getting way into Bob Dylan. He’s one of the reasons that I play and write and I started picking up his catalog, mostly in used LPs, tapes, and CDs that I’d find. But I didn’t know better and I was a completest so I picked up “Knocked Out Loaded” in the new tape cut-out bin at a Tower Records. One good song and otherwise utter shit. It’s amazing that that man can be so brilliant one moment and so, uh, not brilliant the next.
- First concert attended?
- Paul McCartney, Foxboro Stadium, 1989. He and I share a birthday.
- Last concert?
- Other than tour openers, Spirit Family Reunion at Bowery Electric. They were amazing!
- Favorite concert ever?
- Oh man, hard to pick! Dylan 1999 in Amherst was amazing. Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in 2009 in a snowstorm with the fireplaces going. The first time I saw Todd Snider. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at the Ruben unplugged with no PA. I can’t pick just one.
- Least favorite concert?
- The Vines. They were clearly way too fucked up to play or sing or even stand up.
- Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
- Never been but curious to explore it! I read ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’ by Michael Chabon and I have an image of old brick factory buildings with tall smoke stacks and wondrous things happening inside.
Thanks Nick. You share a B-Day with Sir Macca, huh? That’s cool. Small world, so do I! My brutha!