Nashville quartet Leagues brings their moody indie sound to The Current studio

by Mark Wheat, Peter Valelly

  1. Listen Leagues live in The Current studios

    Apr 23, 2013

Nashville trio Leagues have made a big splash in their short existence. Formed in 2010, the band is made up of old friends who'd begun to make a name for themselves in assorted other projects on the Nashville scene, whether as solo musicians, band members or for-hire touring and session players.

A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, You Belong Here. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others.

In town for a gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Leagues stopped by The Current studio to play a few songs and talk with host Mark Wheat about the band's St. Paul roots and the drummer's incredible hair.

Songs played: "Spotlight," "Walking Backwards" and "You Belong Here."

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  • Saint Paul native Tyler Burkum plays guitar for Leagues
    Saint Paul native Tyler Burkum plays guitar for Leagues (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Leagues' singer Thad Cockrell
    Leagues' singer Thad Cockrell (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Leagues drummer Jeremy Lutito
    Leagues drummer Jeremy Lutito (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Leagues guitarist Tyler Burkum
    Leagues guitarist Tyler Burkum (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Tyler Burkum's effects pedals
    Tyler Burkum's effects pedals (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Mike Simons on bass.
    Mike Simons on bass. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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