Premium Leisure is the brainchild of singer-songwriter, producer and Willie J Healey guitarist Chris Barker.
Cooking up rhythmic psych-rock in his home studio that weaves seamlessly between early Black Keys, Mac DeMarco and White Denim, the Oxfordshire artist’s nostalgia-laced back catalogue makes for a moreish soundtrack.
With new 60s-tinged tunes on the way and a Hidden Herd Presents performance at The Finsbury this Friday (17th January), we chatted to Chris Barker to talk influences, Oxford and more.
How would you describe Premium Leisure to a stranger?
“A revolving door of musicians from Oxford and London who love a ruddy good jam.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Bowie, White Denim, Steely Dan and The Strokes.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Ritual Union Oxford 2019 (or 2017). Always a smashing party – a real jolly, great crowd.”
You’re based in Oxford – what’s your local music scene like?
“It’s great, a really collaborative scene. Some great local indie labels and superb promoters who book local artists alongside a lot of touring bands.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“BE GOOD – Grooviest band in Oxford. Their new single ‘Sickie’ is a real smasher.
Petsematary – An amazing band of great players, fronted by Gaby Monaghan, a brilliant songwriter with a belter of a voice.
Lazarus Kane – Bristol-based artist with an incredible live show and really great songs. He also has some wild stories to tell.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Premium Leisure?
“A few singles early in the year, some videos and more shows!”