Courtesy Tier is a three piece rock group from New York city channeling the heavy blues of the past and melding together an edgy sound of the future.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years?
We are a three piece rock n roll band from NYC. Layton Weedeman (drums/vocals) Alex Picca (Bass/vocals) Omer Leibovitz (guitar/lead vocals)
I (Omer) met Layton when we both attended Berklee school for music. We quickly connected and started playing along with a few of our good friends at the time. For a few years we bounced around playing shows, going from a four piece band all the way to a seven piece band, to braking up our old band. When left without a band, the two of us decided to move to NYC with another of our good friends and start a trio, Courtesy Tier. Shortly after the move our bassist and friend moved away, and we continued as a two piece. Fast forward about four years. While playing in the band, I'd also been building guitars for a local builder and legend Roger Sadowsky, and with some good luck the guy working at the bench next to mine is Alex. I had met Alex randomly once or twice before Sadowsky, playing shows around town, so we had known about each other. After four years, forty hours a week, and lots of bad jokes we'd developed a great friendship. Being that all three of us were good friends, we'd decided to jam around one night, and the chemistry was clear. The band got asked to do a small tour to Austin TX for SXSW festival a few weeks after our jam and we asked Alex to join us for the trip. An EP and now an album later. Here we are.
How would you describe your music?
I'd prefer to leave the description of our music to the people listening. From our point of view, we love 70s rock, we are children of the 80s and 90s. One of us (drums) is a hip hop fanatic, the other (Bass) loves country music, and we all listen and explore so many genres. We studied jazz in school and have a deep love for world music, especially west African. I'm pretty sure we make blues rock.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
Continuing from the question above. We are certainly a 90s influenced band wishing that we could be as awesome as Zeppelin or Hendrix or Bob Dylan.
What are you currently promoting?
We are promoting the release of our Debut album "Everyone's OK" which is coming out this month! The album was produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith (The Front Bottoms, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Purple), Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) and mixed by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top)
Have you got a particular song you've done that you're particularly proud of, one that might define you?
Not one song, there are a lot of songs on this album that we feel this way about. My personal favorite is the last song on the album "Home" It's when we get to show the mellower side of our music and it showcases the folk roots of our songwriting, something that we are excited to continue showing off more in our sound.
What are you currently listening to?
Jessi Robertson "I came from the war", Yankee Longstraw, drake, the weeknd, Bob Dylan (ALWAYS) Recently pulled out John Lennon's "Imagine" again as well. Neil Young is never of the player as well.
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn't do without?
This is an impossible question to answer. There are many albums on different days with different moods.
What are your hopes for your future career?
Hopes are personal. You share them with friends and family. We do look forward to continuing to play our music for people and that people take something that they need on any particular day from what it is that we have to say.
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
Would be pretty amazing to work with Daniel Lanois though!
What's the best thing about being a musician?
Best thing: if you have committed to music and it is what you do for life, you get to live freely. that's the best. There is no compromise "grow up, get a job, give someone else 40 hours of your week because that's what you are supposed to do" you get to be a kid forever, doing what you always did in your bedroom, and that's very fun.
And the worst?
There is nothing that can be categorized as "WORST" it is very hard work, sometimes being broke sucks a lot, but most of the time even that isn't so bad.
Finally, have you anything you'd like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
Yes, thank you for reading this. If you read this. and we hope to see you soon!
- Artist Website http://courtesytier.com/