INDIE POP BAND THE STRANGE FAMILIAR SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, CHASING SHADOWS, ON MARCH 27
Indie pop outfit The Strange Familiar, have performed for millions on network television, had hit records recorded by major artists and are now set to release their debut album, Chasing Shadows, on March 27, 2012 with Krian Music Group.
The Strange Familiar, led by Kira Leyden (vocalist, keyboard) and Jeff Andrea (lead guitarist), have been working creatively together since they met in high school outside of Akron, Ohio. After a move to Los Angeles to pursue their musical dreams, they quickly garnered critical songwriting success with their Top 10 iTunes hit “Courage Is” (featured as the promo theme on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager), the Ashlee Simpson’s hit song “Invisible” and a slot on America’s Got Talent.
Now the band is kicking off the release of their full-length album of well-crafted hit songs with the lead single, “Being Me.” The song, much like the rest of the album, shows off their affinity for penning poptastic tunes but also has a more serious message about finding happiness again after a period of darkness and fear.
Produced by Brian Malouf (Dave Matthews, Madonna, Everclear, Lisa Loeb), Chasing Shadows is a lyrical declaration of renewed hope.
Musically, Chasing Shadows is filed with smoky acoustic grooves, jubilant choruses, big hooks and smart lyrics….all of which show off Leyden’s soulful upper register. But underneath the deftly orchestrated tunes is a story of struggle and searching to find happiness in the midst of false dreams.
“After moving to LA, living on my own for the first time and focusing on my quest to become a recording artist and performer, I started to feel all of this pressure and fear of failure. It took a toll on me and I ended up closing myself off from everybody, stopped writing songs and didn’t want to leave my home. It took a long time for me to find my way back to myself, but the result is this record and songs that express a sense of hope after debilitating fear.”
A brief move to Nashville to finish writing the album proved to be the creative muse for Leyden who returned to LA with a renewed sense of purpose and of herself. Soon after, the call came from Krian Music Group with the offer for their first record deal.
“I remember we were actually packed up and on our way back to Ohio when we got the call,” shares Leyden. “We had just completed the EP version of Chasing Shadows, were feeling really good about music again, and felt it was time to return home. The call couldn’t have come at a better time.”
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