From what we can tell from her third album, Lucky Number Three, it’s clear Leiana doesn’t work for the weekends, as she affirms in her song “Nothing=You,” an intense punk-infused track that proves this rocker can wail. The mix of her powerful lyrics and solid beats on this 13-song album make her music ideal for getting pumped before your day. And who can’t resist someone whose confidence and determination are so evident in their music?
“This is a continuous process of shedding skin…rebuilding and moving forward,” says Leiana on her website about her album.
Based in Philadelphia, Leiana has an ever-growing fan base with more than a million plays on MySpace — and her transformation into rockstardom hasn’t stopped there. She’s worked with many members of the rock community including: Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and Sean Danielson (Smile Empty Soul), Brett Scallions (Fuel, the Doors), John Tempesta and Ken Schalk(Candiria). Leiana also premiered her animated music video for “Nothing=You” recently, which you can watch below.
Leiana’s cross-coastal vibe also makes her an appealing music choice for fans. She told pop culture site Icon vs. Icon about living in Philly, New York City and even Orange County throughout her academic and music career. “I still enjoy traveling between coasts…it’s like the best of both worlds. That period of time that I spent in Orange country growing up was pretty important to me musically though. I was exposed to a totally different surf lifestyle and LA/Orange county punk rock/hardcore bands.”
Leiana’s exposure to different genres of music across the country wasn’t the only musical influence in her life. Her family really enjoyed listening to the radio and her brothers were the first to introduce her to rock. For her album, the amalgam of these influences intertwines, which, coincidentally, is what the name “Leiana” means, “to twine around.”
“I like rock with an edge to describe it. It really crosses over a bunch of lines musically so I can’t just say it’s a punk rock record, or a rock record, or a skate punk record. It’s funny how musically you can come up stuff that doesn’t necessarily reflect your core influences,” she told Icon vs. Icon.
“I love late 70s punk, but I can’t really say you hear too much of the Ruts in there…it came as out more Joan Jett, which is cool too.” Rocking out with a hip, modern-day Joan Jett a la The Runaways? We’re in!
“Day is Done”
“I Don’t Wanna Be”
“Love Doesn’t Matter”
"This is a continuous process of shedding skin…rebuilding and moving forward," says singer Leiana of her most recent release "Lucky Number Three." With a new producer, Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Dry Kill Logic, Ill Nino, 36 Crazyfists, H20, Jesse Malin) and new record label (FOF/EMI) for her third album and major label debut, the DIY spirit of Leiana is still alive and definitely still kicking.
The Philadelphia-based artist has a rapidly growing fan base in the rock, hardcore and punk worlds. With two self-produced and self-released studio albums, as well as stateside and overseas touring under her belt, Leiana is proof that talent, inspiration, and hard work are still the most important things you need to make good music.
With the help of heavyweights Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and Sean Danielson (Smile Empty Soul), Brett Scallions (Fuel, the Doors), John Tempesta and Ken Schalk(Candiria), Leiana is sure to make her mark in the rock world.
"What I did with Eddie, Sean and Rob was take the sound that I had already, and expand it further…writing with new and different people really pushed me to trust my instincts and grow...Eddie (Wohl) was really solid on helping me make the album I have always wanted to make: part rock, park punk, edgy, and tough, but with unyielding tenacity."
Her strong spirit of survival helped throughout a troubled suburban childhood that included the loss of a brother, where music had actually been her saving grace.
Leiana began playing piano and drums as a kid, but soon took up writing and harbored a desire to sing. Although Ivy League educated, it took a number of years before she could overcome her fears and get up the nerve to actually perform. "There is definitely a difference between knowledge...book smarts and wisdom gained from experience."
She cut her chops in standard rock cover bands, but was personally inspired by 70's British punk and 80's SoCal hardcore. "These bands spoke to me. As time went on and pop music got more and more horrible, I would dive deeper into a particular scene from the past."