Leverage Models

Makes secular folk songs about transubstantiation.
With rototoms.

Debut LP: Oct 1, 2013

[write to leverage[dot]models[at]gmail.com]

Recorded the morning after our show at Savannah Stopover festival in early March. No sleep and sick with a respiratory infection, this was one of the songs I could croak out. But we also like this song. I also apologize for being under-dressed. ~ shannon


4/15 - Bottletree, Birmingham, AL %

4/16 - 529 Club, Atlanta, GA %

4/17 - Do317 Lounge, Indianapolis, IN %

4/18 - Mike n’ Molly’s, Champaign-Urbana %

4/19 - The Firebird Lounge, St. Louis, MO  %

4/22 - The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL  %

4/22 - Daytrotter Session, Rock Island, IL

4/23 - The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON  %

4/24 - Cabaret Underworld, Montreal, QC  % 

5/22 - Cameo, Brooklyn, NY - Audiofemme party, w/ Weeknight

w/ Pompeya

SPRING TOUR PRESS / Reviews, Interviews, &c.

We spent all of March on the road. Here are some things people said and saw. We will be out for another few weeks beginning April 15th. 

 Audiofemme / Brooklyn, NY - Band of the Month

(“like being in a brand new, exotic and densely stimulating city… the album bears so little comparison to anything else in its category, finding the songs’ trajectories requires enough listening to get past just being dazzled by the bright lights and shiny metals”)


Brightest Young Things / Washington, D.C.

ridiculously fun…intoxicating”


Urban Outfitters / Austin, TX

(“one of our favorite bands”): http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/blog/uo_music_sxsw_with_leverage_models

Gaper’s Block / Chicago, IL

(“[Leverage Models] held a unique grandness over the crowd…energetic and inspired…ecstatic… I’m sure most people came specifically to see Son Lux, but Leverage Models left their exciting set with a lot of new fans cheering for more.”): http://gapersblock.com/transmission/2014/03/27/son_lux_and_leverage_models_give_it_their_all_at_schubas/

Unrecorded / Chicago, IL

(“exuberant, complex… it went too quickly, leaving the audience wanting more”)


dig Boston / Boston, MA

(“Fields was a tent revival Fury, wailing and crooning… the music conjured a danceable commentary on human struggle through personal and corporate corruption”):


Under the Gun / Boston, MA

(“Leverage Models put out their debut LP a couple months ago, but the four men rode their set out with the certainty of musicians who have long been in the game”)


INDYweek / Raleigh/Durham, NC

(“updaters of grand synthpop traditions, with reflective textures and racing rhythms pushing up hooks like mountain peaks. Dramatic and arching”)

(no link - print only)

Folio Weekly / Jacksonville, FL

(“Churning, synthesized electronics flow over pounding drumroll and anxiety-inducing guitar feedback… Shannon Fields tangos his away up and down the stage while recounting the majesty of our Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings… an entertaining assault on the senses”):


Quip Magazine / Toronto, ON



The Indie Blender / Toronto, ON

(“energetic and entertaining…[the] singer reminded me of Edward Norton circa Fight Club with his disheveled suit”):


Concert Confessions / St. Louis, MO



Encor.es / St. Louis, MO



Arts Extract / Madison, WI

(“pop that’s lush and busy but relentlessly taut. Leader Shannon Fields (also of Stars Like Fleas) gives it all a slightly sinister edge with the disciplined, never-too-cushy arrangement and cryptic lyrics, but that never tamps down the glimmer of the synths or the exuberance of the roto-toms”)


You’re Welcome Savannah / Savannah, GA

(photos only)


Posture Magazine / Savannah, GA

(“I fell in love”)


WHUS (SXSW Diary) / University of Connecticut in Austin, TX

(“a funky, groovy, 80s harkening space oddity…The performance was fantastic and vibrant and the lead singer even said he had laryngitis”)


The Michigan Daily / Detroit, MI

(“expansive and infectious…impressive”)


Real Detroit Weekly / Detroit, MI

([Recommended] “bizarre, dreamily ambient sounds coupled with energetic beats will have you smiling and dancing in no time”)


Holus Bolus Indie / ??

(“[Recommended] one of the few things that have broken me out of my 2048 induced haze”)


Huffington Post / USA

(“this … just crushes it and I don’t use that term lightly” – Jon Chattman, A-Sides video session)


Philly.com / Philadelphia, PA

(“terrific… convulsively energetic”)



1. In Champaign-Urbana, onstage, you read lines of graffiti taken from the bathroom wall at Mike N’ Molly’s. I’m arguing with a friend about whether or not you read his. Which ones were they?

Fortunately I wrote them down and can help ensure that either you or your friend are victorious over the other in your blood feud:

a) “Once when I was a young man, I found a  dark secret”

b) “You don’t look that good”

c) “So much beauty, minus booby”

d) “Whoremonger rocks”

e) “You can’t go to church if your name is Tardshit”

f) “Stop living under the weight of regret”

2. When I saw you in Chicago, you sang lyrics at the beginning of The Least Of Your Brothers that were not in the recorded version. What were they?

"This is how it goes. This is how you leave a family behind. Evolution begs your mouth for violence, homely boys…wise, but lonely girls: go"

3. I’ve seen that you’re from Missouri, or from Brooklyn, and at the show you said you were from some rural town in New York….why do you lie about where you’re from?

I’m convinced our heads would all come unpeeled without our origin myths, I’m just trying to help. But I can’t lie to your face, I realize you need to get to the heart of truth in order to go on another day. I live in a small rural town in upstate NY and most of my band reside in Brooklyn. I’m from the midwest originally. This is how you leave. 



Live - Tour Dates

Spring tour begins today. Click link for dates. Additional dates will be added in April. See you.

Leverage Models: Leverage Models

9 out of 10 stars: “Leverage Models is deceptively complex on both a macro and micro level; while immediately inviting, just as any given listen to one of the songs here will reveal new details, fillips, and hooks the 20th time through, the album as a whole reveals new interconnections, interplays, resonances each time you play it…You can dig into the lyrics and rich, obliquely nuanced lines about politics, morality, business, medicine, relationships, and art come tumbling out; you can dig into the layered, colorful production and start unpicking all the interweaving strand…this is intensely visceral, pleasurable, (literally and emotionally) moving music; it hits the hips and the heart as hard as the head” - Ian Mathers, PopMatters

imagine a bow on it

A Ride to Anywhere, by Hometapes Various Artists: Holiday Compilation

Leverage Models covers the Everly Brothers’ “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” alongside 13 others in the extended Hometapes family. The compilation or any individual track can be downloaded for free, but pay what you can and it will go to a fine charitable organization. More information at Hometapes’ bandcamp.


Our next and final show of 2013 is this Friday at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. There is a curfew — so we play precisely at 8:30pm. We’ll be playing music and Shannon might say something inflammatory and many of us will be wearing flowers and all of you will be alive and vibrating with tensile force and majesty.