Imperial Leisure started in 2001 as a 10 piece band.
They signed to ‘Primary Talent’ (live music agent) and ‘Crucible Management’ (band management) in 2004. Their first release was the CD EP ‘Untouchable’ on ‘Dirty Records’ in 2005.
The next release was a limited edition vinyl ‘Great British Summertime’ and single ‘Man On The Street’ on ‘ORG records’.
In 2007 Imperial Leisure and their management company set up their own record label and music company ‘Steamroller Music LTD’, employing other industry professionals and securing private investment for the support of the forthcoming release of their début album.
In 2008 they released 4 singles with national and local radio play (including BBC Radio One, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Absolute Radio). During this year Imperial Leisure also played many small festivals across the UK and larger ones including the Dance Stage at Glastonbury and the Red Bull stage at Bestival.
‘The Art Of Saying Nothing’ was Imperial Leisure’s first album released on Steamroller Music. The album launch took place at ‘The Scala’ live venue in London, England.
In 2012, second Album – ‘Death to the One Trick Pony’ – a change in direction and more melancholy than ‘The Art of Saying Nothing’.
In 2015, third album – ‘Lifestyle Brand’ – was released along with a new line up and had a very strong reception. It brought back the party atmosphere, incorporating the various styles of the new band members.
2018 saw the release of the single ‘Rrrrrollin’ to critical acclaim. This was tied into the 10 year anniversary tour of the first album, which saw headline slots at the O2 Academies in Oxford, Birmingham, Newcastle and Islington (London). For the London show there were 17 people on stage. Ex-members Stu Maxwell, Adrian White, Ben Webb and Jeremy Mudunkotuwe joined the current line up on stage for the set, and MC Lazy Habits guested in the encore 😁
Imperial Leisure has been busy throughout 2019, appearing at the 2000 Trees, Bearded Theory, Level UP! and Mad Hatters Wonderland Festivals, in addition to consistent spates of club appearances.
Exigent Productions is a new niche record label, focusing primarily on split releases between bands from different countries. Paper + Plastick Records has been active since 2008 and was founded by Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake and Fueled By Ramen Records.
In partner with Paper + Plastick Records, Exigent Productions have released the record on 7” vinyl and distributing the tracks through all major digital outlets.
Playing: Dec 20th – Islington Academy, London
Albanian Night by Imperial leisure (Denis Smith)
Written and recorded by Imperial Leisure at Kensaltown Recording Studios
Trumpet recorded by Charles Wagner at Eastcote Studios
Trombone recorded by Ben Thorpe at Eastcote Studios
Produced by Junk Scientist
Mixed and mastered by John Hendicott