Leverage Models

Makes secular folk songs about transubstantiation.
With rototoms.

Debut LP: Oct 1, 2013

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


Leverage Models debut LP was released on Oct 1, 2013). Some initial quality review commentary….

[8.2]…[a] 10-track wonder that hits all of the pleasure centers—that is, you will dance and sing—while offering a supple-enough sound to become something of a headphone symphony…You could spend a month mapping the parts written into these three-minute tunes and still find something new on the next listen…This is vivid and immediate music, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be intricate." -  Pitchfork 

"Infatuating" - The Village Voice 

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” - PopMatters

"a definite sense of otherwordly euphoria" - eMusic

"undeniably infectious…dreamy" - Other Music

“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”” - Audiofemme

"soaring and mind-swirling…warm and bright" - WXPN (The Key, Philadelphia)

grand, engaging, and wonderfully weird" - OhMyRockness.com 

one of our favorite bands” - Urban Outfitters (UO Blog)

One of my two favourite records of the year [2013]; Leverage Models is both so immediately pleasurable to me and so full of depth (of sound, of feeling, of thought) that I’ve played it dozens and dozens of times and still feel like I’m discovering new things to delight in…The most humane, colourful, canny, compositionally interesting album of the year, for me.” - Ian Mathers (Resident Advisor, PopMatters) on Small Immunities 

Seizing on electro and drawing on the depths of consciousness, Leverage Models create deliciously vibrant music. A bubbling sonic palette doused in multiple dimensions, the band makes glorious glistening sounds, nuanced with commentary and clever perceptive notes, that pulse with passion, short pounds and reverberating rhythms adding a complexity that never digresses from what it is – pure pop. Churning and bristling with self-confessed dark emotions, there’s a restlessness to it all, a deliberate provocativeness that thrives. It’s the masterwork of producer and creator Shannon Fields, his inspired hand sketching and shifting through the sounds of the bandmates to build music to dance, shake, groove and live to. [Best Emerging Artist, 2014]” - Deli Magazine 

"a glistening, electrified dance rock record" - Philadelphia Weekly

the most tightly composed pop songs I’ve ever heard from a DIY act, without the unnecessary frills and unearned pretensions of acts which fancy themselves pop pioneers…feels like an exceptionally satisfying punch to the head…Leverage Models suggests that pop is still worth a shot, and I’m beginning to see the point." - Dingus 

"excellent…world-spanning pop that will do to your ears what this bright July summer sun is doing to your mood" - Portland Mercury

"surprising, sometimes sad and disturbing" - The Big Takeover

expansive and infectious ” - The Michigan Daily

Working with a refined palette of elegant textures and curious arrangements, Leverage Models breathes new life into the experimental art-pop once ballasted by such aficionados as Scritti Politti, Japan, and A Certain Ratio” - Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA

"reflective textures and racing rhythms pushing up hooks like mountain peaks…dramatic and arching, their music is meant for world tours navigated by private jets and populated by backstage legions" - INDYWeek (Raleigh, NC)

"undeniably memorable" - Radio K (University of Minnesota)

"a massively catchy sound that grows on you…energizing" - Origami Vinyl (Los Angeles)

"head-scratchingly brilliant" - Brad Laner (Medicine, Electric Company, M83), -Dangerous Minds blog

"this band is one to watch…will satisfy a multitude of eager music fans" - Music Sushi

"straight up pleasure-center pop" - Flagpole Magazine (Athens, GA)

"MP3 of the Week: off-kilter pop…uplifting" - Insound

captivating…Fields impresses throughout” - Jeffrey Sisk, The Daily News, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"suddenly you realize you’ve been slowly seduced…This sucker bites hard, fangs bury deep into our subconscious and beg to you to listen again and again." yvynl

"seriously layered, ornate, and frenzied electronic transmissions…excellent" - The Onion A.V. Club

"Leverage Models are nothing if not catchy…on the agenda to wrap up your Monday, I suggest you end it with this" - The Peel (thepeelmusic.com)

Rapturous bursts of bright horn-fuelled funk-pop…Great”  [New Band of the Day feature] ” - The Guardian UK

"extravagant pop" - The Deli Magazine NY

the ultimate cure for depression" - VOGUE (Netherlands)

"Stars Like Fleas’ Shannon Fields channels hints of funk, opera, proto-punk and modern classical music through his solo act, Leverage Models." - The Isthmus (Madison, WI)

dizzying, enthralling…exquisite, meticulously detailed” - I Heart Moosiq

“[Top Tracks of the Month - Oct 2013] a little bit Reflektor, a little bit Prince and a whole lot of unhinged…sheer mania" - Casual Band Blogger.com

"a superb pop moment" - Man on the Moon (Brazil)

"swooning…complex yet giddy pop melodies" - Atlas & The Anchor

The excitement that spills recklessly from “Cooperative Extensions” isn’t youthful exuberance, it’s unabashed emotion and anxiety.” - Watch Me For The Changes 

"with hypnotic, anthemic lyricism…gorgeous songs…written by someone hitting full stride" - Their Bated Breath

"[Interim Deliverable EP listed in Favorite Releases of 2011] Anyone who knows Shannon Fields knows that he’s the kind of musician that’s capable of creating groundbreaking music…With Stars Like Fleas Fields ventured into some strange territory that other bands couldn’t possibly be capable of, but Stars Like Fleas were not the type of band that a wide audience would enjoy…. “Dreaming of Accidents” is ultimately a perfect pop song, but it’s more than just that." Mecca Lecca

"insanely brilliant" - Ooh Brilliant

"masterful….Talk Talk-esque…deadly" - Ragged Words

"A lullaby sung by the sea with the subdued hysterics of of Scritti Politti…will drench you in unspecified yearning & leave you reaching for the repeat button" - Gill Mills, New Music Matters (UK)

"With synth timbres and insistent melodies reminiscent of Brian Eno and John Cale’s 1990 collaboration, Wrong Way Up, Leverage Models seem to be fascinated with a more direct, if no less experimental, approach to songwriting." - Bryan Reed, The Independent (Raleigh)

"glistening…engages the ear from start to finish" - FingerTips

"swirling…insistent [recommended]" - VaderEvader

"sounds exactly like what you never knew you hoped it would sound like. Right? Expectations be damned…I can’t wait to hear what more there is to come." - Yer Sweet Chimneys

"don’t miss…art pop ABC and Spandau Ballet would be jealous of.” - BrooklynVegan

"c’est le nouveau projet solo de Shannon Fields, de Stars Like Fleas, à sortir chez Hometapes. Belle surprise" - PopNews (France)

Good words (in German) from Das Klienicum

"gnarling and clawing at thin air. For a first impression, this offers immeasurable attitude; something many of today’s “sound of 2011” artists can’t begin to muster" - Music Fan’s Mic

" A very 80′s sound but without all the disco/ neon laced beats that we’ve become accustomed to - recommended" - Alfitude

"I really hate Missouri - but this new gem of a find - Leverage Models - could be from the depths of hell (almost Missouri) and I would still be stoked about them!” - Beautiful Buzz

"Leverage Models vocals reach out from underneath heavy drum machine beats & zapping synth lines. Haunting, almost gothic at times. This is heavy dance fuzz mania." - BlogTO (Toronto)

LIVE REVIEWS ~ Spring Tour 2014

Brightest Young Things / Washington, D.C.

ridiculously fun…intoxicating”


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”)