From their humble beginnings in London as a party band born out of school friendships, Imperial Leisure go from strength to strength, forever evolving their style but sticking true to their reputation for delivering fun and high energy live performances. Taking influences from all around, the music is a fun-loving throwback to the ska-2-tone era combined with more recent punkrock-hiphop sounds.
2018 sees the ten year anniversary of the release of The Art Of Saying Nothing, the band’s debut album and the band is celebrating the milestone of its acclaimed release with a special new deluxe edition featuring the original album together with bonus tracks and new mixes.
Stepping forward in 2008, the core sextet of Denis Smith (vocals), Scott Vining (drums), Ben Bridges (guitar), Jack Emmings (bass), Richard Cox (keys) and Rob O’Neale (trumpet) established themselves as one dynamic and energetically irresistible live proposition on the UK music scene. With its current line-up completed by trombonists Steph Faulkner (Mad Apple Circus) and Russell Spencer (Ghouls) and trumpeters Ken Brown (Shanty), Dave Medland (Dub Pistols) and Elliot Phelps (Cut Capers / Lux Lisbon) on stage, Imperial Leisure has feverishly played and toured around the UK and into Europe, most recently completing a UK and European tour to celebrate the 1oth anniversary.
Musically they draw on inspirations ranging from The Specials, Roots Manuva, Less Than Jake, and Youngblood Brass Band to Rage Against the Machine and The Streets. As that list suggests, their music is a bold and adventurous affair, never predictable as evidenced by their trio of well-received albums. They are persistently tagged as ska punks but whilst firmly embracing various styles, Imperial Leisure have many other flavours open to their enterprise.