Leo Lydon’s brand of self-reliant, DIY entertainment spawned in the Summer of 2011, after riding his bicycle (with guitar on his back) 800 miles from Boston, MA to Toronto, ON. The solo-endeavor was the inspiration behind Lydon’s debut album “Spoke on Spokes”, an eight song sketch of the journey that is deeply intertwined in an ambient, poly-rhythmic landscape reminiscent of Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear. Lydon, an audio engineer by trade, took it upon himself to write, record, and master the album out of a home studio, and was released with the help of Wonderdrug Records in June of 2012. Over the course of the next year, Lydon began adapting his album for a live setting, playing in the subway systems in Boston, in his beginning attempts to share his music via face-to-face, open interaction and story telling. In August of 2013, Lydon embarked on what was to be a 1,000+ mile bicycle tour, taking the music of “Spoke on Spokes” from Boston to Cincinnati, with detours down into Texas of the course over two months on the road. With the help of Pirate Promotions, music from “Spoke on Spokes” has played on over 45 radio stations across the country, and charted on 9 of them, including large markets like New York, Austin, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Lydon’s one man band is heading out this Christmas with The Allure, a band from Huntington, WV, and will be showcasing new music from his album “Welcome Home, The Navigator” out March 1st, 2014.
Tour Write-up in Cohasset Mariner:
Write-up from Studentatlarge.com:
This past summer Leo took quite an outrageous mission…Biking from Boston to Toronto with little more than a bicycle and guitar, sketching chord progression and lyrics along the way. From this came his new release “Spoke on Spokes” which recorded in spring is due out this April. You can really feel the intensity and sense of openness, of journey on this release. A sense of travel with the sheer thrill of the unknown. Musically the album sits somewhere with the instrumentation of Explosions in The Sky meets Department of Eagles with touches of Hammock and the reverb tendencies of Grizzly Bear. Multiple guitar parts intertwining into some sort of symphonic folk opus is quite refreshing to hear.
It’s a good reminder that there are still a few willing people out there seeking various methods of experimentation and pushing the envelope of music. Textures range from piano ballads, to delayed spaced out guitar, epic multi layered falsetto vocal harmonies, lyrics of beauty and a vibe that “everything’s gonna be alright”. Attempting to find a genre for Leo’s work ended in the all familiar response…. “no idea”. It’s quite a bold statement to make, but it couldn’t be more true. “Spoke on Spokes” is like nothing you’ve ever heard, but will leave you smiling just the same.