‘A consistent stream of blistering live shows has earned Lepers & Crooks a reputation as one of the country’s must-see live bands, with their intelligent and emotive songs brought to life by dynamic, raucous performances’. Tone Deaf
Lepers and Crooks are a five piece rock outfit from Australia made up of Sam Baker (Vocals), Pat Reuter Town (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Alex Court (Lead Guitar), Nick Burg (Bass) and Damien Jones (Drums). Their big rock sound is heavily influenced by classic rock and psychedelic, but with a few mixed modern flavours that make Lepers & Crooks a rather different listen than most rock bands today.
It began with a teenage brotherhood that grew member by member, as school mates at a school that had a heavy focus on sport, they had a passion for music and getting away from the grind of the outside world to create their own universe of sound and camaraderie. They played music in different arrangements and it wasn’t until 2012, a couple of years out of graduating high school that Lepers & Crooks formed as it is today.
Glebe and the inner-west of Sydney was the band’s home for the next two years and it’s where they played most of their shows, got up to most of their mischief and earned themselves the reputation as one of Sydney’s most exciting live acts.
‘It’s rock music for those who like their rock classic, and it’s part of why Lepers & Crooks have garnered a reputation for hard work. Their effort shows – they love the tropes and they’ll fight hard to protect them’ The Brag
The last 12 months have seen everything suddenly hit overdrive for Lepers & Crooks. They were signed to Chris Murphy’s new publishing and rights Management Company and set about taking their dynamic live show from their hometown of Sydney all across Australia. They’ve toured Australia 3 times and recently finished a tour of epic proportions that saw them play 60 shows in 4 months as they travelled 25,000kms across 7 states and territories to support the release of their Her Kiss EP, which helped them clock up 100 shows in less than 9 months. That’s a strike rate of a gig every couple of days and if nothing else it makes for some great stories. There was the time Sam and Nick blew the band’s fuel money on an after-party chasing girls before having to cross the Nullarbor Plain. The time a Lepers & Crooks fan, a nurse with a mild crush on Sam, fast-tracked treatment for his broken ankle in the middle of a tour so he could receive free medical treatment and carry on with the tour. And there’s the financial adviser from South Ballina who has made it to 12 of the bands regional shows and has now earnt himself the responsibility of being the bands accountant.
‘Their performances, regularly filled with charisma and bravado, have earned them loyal fans and friends along the way’, Beat Magazine.
In between their hectic touring schedule L&C have bunkered down in country sheds and beach shacks across regional NSW writing songs for their upcoming album and recently recorded a couple of these tracks in the studio, produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) and mixed by 3 x Grammy Winner Dave Bottrill (silverchair, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins).
Earlier this year they caught the eye of Ian Huffam founder of Xray Touring UK who quickly signed them joining a roster of some of the world’s biggest touring artists including Coldplay, Green Day, Eminem, Robbie Williams, Blur and fellow countrymen Nick Cave, Megan Washington, Bad//Dreems and Courtney Barnett.
‘It’s been a meteoric couple of years since Lepers & Crooks first came together’ The Music
In mid-2015, Lepers & Crooks are showing no sign of slowing down. With its vibrant culture and incredible music scene Melbourne has always been a highlight for the band and drawing on their strong desire to properly explore and really connect with the city, the people and other bands they have migrated south for the month of July to play a string of shows in and around Melbourne. From there they embark on their ‘Through Gypsy Eyes Tour’ up and down the east coast of Australia to road test their new material before heading into the studio to record their debut album.
‘Australia’s Hardest working band’ Tone Deaf