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The Leisure Society announce new album The Fine Art Of Hanging On

27 January 2015, 14:00 | Written by Laurence Day

Folk outfit The Leisure Society have announced the release of fourth LP The Fine Art Of Hanging On, and they've also unveiled a stream of the lead track "Tall Black Cabins", which you can stream now, exclusively via Best Fit.

Speaking about the record, frontman/lyricist Nick Hemming said:

"‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ is a recurrent, linking theme, although this wasn’t an intentional concept album. It’s about clinging to something - be that a relationship, a career, or life itself. All the way through writing the album a friend of mine was battling cancer. I reached out by sending him the rough demos of this album. By giving him this access to the work in progress and by him giving feedback, we formed a close bond. Sadly he lost his battle, but his input and presence is there in the album."

Continuing about the lead single, "Tall Black Cabins", Hemming added:

"I took a visit to Hastings and I noticed several tall black cabins, which inspired the song of the same name. These structures are used by local fisherman for drying their nets. Theirs is a small and shrinking industry, but they have a passion for their trade and keep it going, even though it’s not always financially viable. We recorded the album onto analogue tape at Konk studios and mastered it at Abbey Road Studios. We wanted to make the best record we could, so despite the expense we crafted it in this way - not for money, but for the love of making it."

The album will be released by Full Time Hobby on 13 April. It follows the band's Alone Aboard The Ark record, which was released in 2013.

Stream "Tall Black Cabins" below, and then have a peruse of the tracklist and upcoming live dates after.


1. The Fine Art Of Hanging On
2. Nothing Like This
3. Tall Black Cabins
4. The Undefeated Ego
5. Outside In
6. I'm A Setting Sun
7. You Are What You Take
8. You'll Never Know When It Breaks
9. All Is Now
10. Wide Eyes At Villains
11. As The Shadows Form


13 - Bristol, Colston Hall Lantern
14 - Oxford, Oxford O2 Academy 2
15 - London, Islington Assembly Hall
16 - Cambridge, Junction 2
17 - Birmingham, Rainbow
18 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
20 - Manchester, Deaf Institute
22 - Glasgow, Oran Mor
23 - Newcastle, The Cluny
24 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25 - Norwich, Arts Centre
27 - Brighton, Komedia

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