SLEDGE LEATHER, the Los Angeles/San Francisco-based project featuring singer Leather Leone (CHASTAIN, RUDE GIRL, MALIBU BARBI) and drummer Sandy Sledge (RUDE GIRL, MALIBU BARBI, WARBRIDE, WEAPONSVAN), has begun writing material for its second full-length album, scheduled for 2013. Leone and Sledge have already written four new tracks out of the nine new songs scheduled for as-yet-untitled concept CD.
SLEDGE LEATHER has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign on to help complete production for the release. The campaign will run through December 18 and offers fans an opportunity to purchase some great items. Some pledges include classic releases long out of print, new material, and Leather‘s classic leather jacket dating back to RUDE GIRL and her time before CHASTAIN.
SLEDGE LEATHER was embraced by media and radio contacts everywhere with the “Imagine Me Alive” CD and DVD releases. The band’s debut engulfs the listener in an onslaught of heavy metal that resurrects a classic heavy metal sound with contributions from former DIO bandmembers Scott Warren (keyboards) and Jimmy Bain (bass), both of whom return for the new release.
Says Sledge: “‘Imagine Me Alive’ shows the different ways that Leather‘s voice can create music.” Leather adds: “This new record will kick that in the ass and take us further.”
“Imagine Me Alive” was inspired in 2010 when Leone called Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and were confirmed for Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.