The Nashville band Leagues is no stranger to the music scene. The duo combines pastor’s kid Thad Cockrell and drummer-producer Jeremy Lutito. Both are industry vets—Cockrell, a traditional singer-songwriter, has three solo albums to his name; Lutito has played or produced for just about everyone, from The Backsteet Boys to Andrew Peterson to Audrey Assad.
Back in 2013, they debuted Leagues’ first album You Belong Here. Now three years later, they’ve returned with a new experiment in originality stretching beyond the tidier melodies of their first release with a second full-length, Alone Together.
Cockrell says the band focused on removing the burden of expectations and allowed themselves to speak to what mattered most to them instead of focusing on a template.
Alone Together is an experiment in possibilities, an energetic synth-pop collection of sound that begs you to roll your car windows down. The album lyrics explore faith, relationships and the vulnerability you need to make your life into something more than a random series of occurrences—something to take hold of.
“When we put a song out there, we hope it becomes yours,” he says. “We hope there’s enough structure to hold the thing up and have people see themselves in the story of it.
“As soon as I believe the songs come from me, the pressure is on and I close up in a second. I believe songs are a gift [from God]. And so, if I receive them as a gift, there’s no pressure, repeat performance anxiety. It takes it away. And I really truly believe it. I just open myself up and allow whatever is truly creative to happen.”
Cockrell assumes he’s just a “vessel,” sharing whatever the world within him is pressing into language. And in Alone Together, he invites you to dive into his world.
Why We Love Them:
Leagues’ Alone Together is an electro-pop album with enough experimenting to sit on the cutting edge, but their energy and bright falsettos keep it accessible.
For Fans Of:
Kopecky, Ra Ra Riot, Savoir Adore