MEET: Ben Leece / by Kian West

Word on the street is that Ben Leece is playing with Dan Southward at The Stag & Hunter Hotel on June 23rd and we already love Dan so we were pretty confident we would love Ben too...

Tell us a little bit about yourself Ben?
Ben: I’m a confused kid from the bush singing sad honky songs. I’m a lover of classic funk & soul, Golden Era Hip Hop, rugby league and cats.

When did you start playing?
B: I’ve been playing like this for a long time but have probably only started taking it seriously in the last 12 months after my bands The Delta Lions and Hazards were put on the backburner. I’m also currently lucky enough to be playing guitar in Life.Love.Regret. for some reunion shows.

Who are your influences?
B: The spectrum is broad, but always The Replacements - The greatest rock and roll band to ever grace good Gods Earth.

Have you got any local favourite artists?
B: This town is a hive of the underrated. I’m eternally grateful for Maitland’s Tom Morgan and his contribution to those break-through Lemonheads records. Tori Forsyth is your new queen of Australian alt-country, roots and Americana - song writing well beyond her years and a stunning human to boot. Mark N is the greatest DJ I’ve ever witnessed, the things that man does with a 7” is other worldly.  And If Lachlan X Morris didn’t just release one of the finest pieces of art in Australian modern music I’m not here. Also, the entire Dashville collective is something to behold and Ill Natured and Paper Thin I really dig too.

There is a show coming up? 
B: Next show is the 23rd of June at The Stag with Dan Southward and Brock Henry and it will be a good time.

What should people expect?
B: Awkward banter, more than likely a Jason Isbell or Son Volt cover, a flannelette shirt, a denim jacket, Nikes, blue jeans and carefully parted slicked back hair.

What is next?
B: I’ve got a bunch of shows through July and August and hopefully, I can put some money together to attempt an album before the end of the year.

Catch Ben Leece June 23rd at The Stag & Hunter Hotel.