Austin/Brooklyn-ite, Leslie Sisson, is the lead female vocalist and guitarist in The Wooden Birds while also moonlighting in Matt Pond PA. Her past includes time in Western Keys, Black Lipstick, Pavo, The Mona Jane, Tanworth-in-Arden, and Aero Wave on guitar, bass, keys, cello, flute, voice, as well as guest performances for American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Rhythm of Black Lines, Mark Gardener of Ride, and recent cameos with Dan Mangan, John Wesley Coleman, and Broken Social Scene.
In The Wooden Birds, Pitchfork describes Leslieʼs voice as a “subdued Stevie Nicks”, The Onion calls her the “real secret weapon” on stage, Consequence of Sound says she’s the “strongest asset” in the band, Austin Chronicle features her “striking lead” with “effortless harmony”, Ft Worth Weekly compares her to a “twang-less” Dolly and Loretta collaborator, while Andrew Kenny sees her as an indie rock Emmylou.
Leslie’s self-released debut solo record Harmony produced by Louie Lino (Nada Surf) is out now, featuring members of The Wooden Birds, American Analog Set, Matt Pond PA, Broken Social Scene, Nada Surf, Experimental Aircraft, and more.
Leslie will be touring Sept/Oct 2011 with a full band to promote the release of her new record, with members Rachel Staggs (Experimental Aircraft), Bill Brown (The Armor Class), & Simon Flory, opening a home stretch of southern shows supporting Tapes ‘n Tapes.
10.04 : Louisville, KY @ Zanza Bar *
10.05 : Atlanta, GA @ 529 *
10.06 : Birmingham, AL : Bottletree Cafe
10.07 : Grayton Beach, FL : Pandora’s Steakhouse *
10.08 : New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks **
10.09 : Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s **
10.11 : Dallas, TX @ The Loft **
10.12 : Austin, TX @ Emo’s East **
10.13 : Austin, TX @ Skinny’s Ballroom (solo set) *
* w/ Simon Flory
** w/ Tapes ‘n Tapes