New Release & Tour: The Leisure Society – Arrivals & Departures / God Has Taken A Vacation

On the 10th anniversary of their first ever single (The Last Of The Melting Snow), The Leisure Society have released a new single entitled God Has Taken A Vacation, along with news of new double-album, Arrivals & Departures – due April 12th

Speaking on the release of the new single, songwriter and frontman Nick Hemming said: “I started writing the song about my break up, but world events started finding their way in too. Division, borders, a loss of hope. There were a lot of shared themes!”

Listen below…

During the promotion of the band’s previous LP, The Fine Art Of Hanging On, Nick and their flautist Helen Whitaker went through a long process of separation, ultimately resulting in Nick moving out of their Brighton home

This displacement set the tone for the next 18 months, as Nick moved from one temporary accommodation to the next, writing and recording demos constantly as he came to terms with the break up – which would eventually become the foundation of their upcoming double-album, Arrivals & Departures

Due for release on April 12th, the album was recorded in rented and borrowed houses in the Peak District, the Cotswolds and a medieval mansion in Richelieu, France. The band also snuck into Union Chapel in Islington late at night to capture strings and choral sections for the record, which features the likes of Brian Eno and poet Liz Berry, and was mixed by Gareth Jones (known for his work with Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave, and These New Puritans) – and Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake)

The band will also be touring the new record in May, dates below…

May 16 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17 – The Blue Arrow Club, Glasgow
18 – Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
19 – The Fleece, Bristol
21 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
22 – Komedia, Studio Bar, Brighton,
23 – The Glee Club, Nottingham
25 – Union Chapel, London