Lonesome Leash is the generously credited multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements, who's performed and recorded with artists like Weyes Blood, Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff. (He also just shared a bill with L.A. RECORD cover alum Eddington Again a few nights ago.) On "Driving," he's joined by Mirah for a slow-burning song that's somehow distant and intimate at the same time. With synthesizer, drum machine, and pulsing accordion, it makes for a wild and piercing echo of Henry Flynt, Bruce Haack and/or Arthur Russell that gathers power as it moves along. Maybe that's fitting, since the song is specifically about taking a long dark solo drive. As McClements explains:" /> L.A. Record

TRACK PREMIERE: LONESOME LEASH “DRIVING” (F. MIRAH)

September 12th, 2018 | Listen

Lonesome Leash is the generously credited multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements, who’s performed and recorded with artists like Weyes Blood, Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff. (He also just shared a bill with L.A. RECORD cover alum Eddington Again a few nights ago.) But the coming Delicate Art full-length is McClements playing and singing his own songs, albeit with contributions from a pretty-close-to-legendary set of artists. (Like recent L.A. RECORD featuree Mary Lattimore, for one.)

On “Driving,” he’s joined by Mirah for a slow-burning song that’s somehow distant and intimate at the same time. With synthesizer, drum machine, and pulsing accordion, it makes for a wild and piercing echo of Henry Flynt, Bruce Haack and/or Arthur Russell that gathers power as it moves along. Maybe that’s fitting, since the song is specifically about taking a long dark solo drive. As McClements explains:

“I started to write ‘Driving’ during an epic solo tour where I was driving all the time. There can be a particular type of loneliness stirred up when interacting with strangers every night on a solo tour, and I would feel a kind of grotesque comfort when getting back onto the highway for a long drive. There’s a strong lineage of car songs out there where the cars stand in for some idea of freedom or danger or possibility. There are less songs highlighting the comfortable isolation the automobile provides, so I thought I’d throw one of those into the pot.”

Lonesome Leash’s Delicate Art is due out Fri., Nov. 2, on Cruisin’—Theo Hilton’s (Nana Grizol) and Clyde Petersen’s (Your Heart Breaks) new New Orleans/Seattle queer independent label—and you can pre-order it here. McClements has a wide-ranging tour booked for late in the fall—full dates below!—but he’ll be performing with Mirah this Sunday at 7 PM at the Echo. Get tickets here!


photo by kieran ionescu

09/16/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (supporting Mirah)
10/23/18 – Bend, OR – The Capitol
10/24/18 – Portland, OR – The Liquor Store
10/26/18 – Seattle, WA – Gallery 1412
10/27/18 – Vancouver, BC – Woods
10/28/18 – Port Townsend, WA – Uptown Pub
10/31/18 – Santa Rosa, CA – House Show
11/05/18 – Taos, NM – Ennui Gallery
11/08/18 – Austin, TX – House Show
11/09/18 – New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den
11/10/18 – New Orleans, LA – Euclid Records
11/13/18 – Lafayette, LA – Blue Moon Saloon
11/18/18 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
11/20/18 – Richmond, VA – Black Iris Gallery
11/23/18 – Brooklyn, NY – Jalopy Theater
11/25/18 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theater