Loose Leaves releases new album, 'Vehicle'

Brandon Paykamian • Jan 27, 2020 at 9:21 AM

On Jan. 15, local band Loose Leaves released “Vehicle” – an LP the band considers one of their “most honest and vulnerable” albums recorded. 

The band — made up of Trace Hoover on lead vocals and guitar, Justin Hoard on drums and Jacob Tipton on bass — describes itself as “funky-folksy rock ’n’ roll or eclectic alternative,” and have been playing together since they were in middle school. But according to Hoover, the band’s newest recordings differ from their previous work in more ways than one. 

“We added elements from rock, funk, folk, pop, Americana and a staggering amount of variety and range compared to our other releases, but I think that more than anything, the ideas in the songs give the album a distinctive quality. Songs dealing with hope, love, fear, death, courage, acceptance, frustration, responsibility and cosmic dread,” he said. 

Hoover recently spoke with the Press to tell us a bit about their newest album and upcoming shows. 

What was the recording process for this album like?

Very fulfilling! We recorded with Mike Stephenson at Classic Recording Studio in Bristol. We came in having written and arranged each song, but Mike made it very easy for us to build on the scaffolding we started with. Super fun.

What are some of your favorite tracks? 

It’s hard to choose favorites, as we wrote this album to be listened to front to back, but some of our favorites to record and perform are “Into the So Ons” written by drummer, singer and guitarist Justin Hoard; “Fears,” written by me; and “Frequency,” wherein bassist Jacob Tipton pulls off a killer bass solo.

Where can people find your music?

We’re on all the major streaming sites, excluding Apple for the time being. If a person wants to help us fund more projects, they can purchase a digital copy through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/looseleaves.music. We’ll have CDs soon, as well.

What are you doing to promote the album? Any shows coming up? 

Our next date in the area is March 7 at Hideaway with Sexy Sax Man and Vespers. Loose Leaves’ drummer Justin Hoard also has a show at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse on Jan. 30.

What other plans do you have moving forward? 

We hope to do a small tour through South Carolina, sticking mostly to cities off of Interstate 26 from Johnson City to Charleston, South Carolina. We plan on dropping more one-off EPs and singles wherein we record with other talented DIY producers and engineers in the Tri-Cities music scene. We also intend to begin work on another album.

What would you like to say to your fans and readers of the Johnson City Press? 

Hope y’all dig “Vehicle” and thanks for listening! Be sure to get out and support local art. This area is full of amazing artists of every medium, and art is good for the whole community when allowed to spread. Have a blessed 2020, folks!