The Leatherbound Books forge a uniquely inspired, poppy blend of danceable folk music drawing influences from the likes of The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Fleet Foxes, and more. Fresh off the release of their debut EP, Tender My Hopes, the Burlington, Vermont-based band has toured throughout New England in the last year. The band’s upbeat tunes and infectious energy have earned them spots sharing some of Vermont’s biggest stages with nationally renowned acts such as Current Swell, Swear & Shake, and The Wild Feathers.
“Tender My Hopes feels familiar. It’s like when you’re drawn to someone you’re certain you’ve never met, but can’t shake the feeling that you have. From the moment you press play, the EP has an inviting quality. It feels lived-in and cozy.” –Seven Days
At the core of the Burlington, Vermont based band, casually sits frontman, Eric Daniels. Daniels’ brilliantly catchy and inherently honest songwriting is seamlessly augmented by the angelic vocal contributions of songwriter/bassist, Jackie Buttolph. Together, what they create on stage is a refreshingly transparent snapshot into the soul of the band’s expressive foundation and fun-loving nature, which is further complimented by the driving, stomp-worthy groundwork of drummer Charlie Smyrk.
“Smyrk summed up the band’s vibe best when he called them ‘darkly optimistic.’ Although this seems contradictory, it’s an apt description of the band’s grim humor that coexists with their relentless, inspiring hopefulness.” – The Vermont Cynic