Leif Erikson are a London five piece consisting of former members of indie rock group Flashguns. Today, the band drop their latest track 21 Grams, a song about soul searching while commuting into central London. 21 Grams will be part of their forthcoming EP which will be released soon. Listen to here.
21 Grams and previous single Matter follow a period of experimentation and regrouping for Leif Erikson who derive their name from the Icelandic explorer believed by many to have been the first European to reach the shores of America. Coincidentally, the band’s sound is closer to 1970s Americana such as Tom Petty or The Eagles rather than their British heritage.
Lead singer Sam Johnston comments on the meaning behind 21 Grams:
I was struggling with the oppressive commute into central London and it had me thinking about the concept of the soul – and whether it had a place in this 24 hour, consumer, growth-mindset led environment. The image of an experiment performed by a doctor in the early part of the 20th century came to mind, in which he tried to prove that the soul had physical mass by weighing people at the point of death. One subject lost 21 grams as they passed on. The experiment was far from scientifically sound but left a poetic allegory that took my fancy.
The band have also announced a run of UK headline dates for February and March, including a homecoming show at The Dome, Tufnell Park. Starting next week, they will be supporting Island on their respective European tour. All dates and ticket links can be found here.
Leif Erikson – 21 Grams