First/Last-Leland Sundries

April 26, 2012

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!