Music News: An Interview With Chris Guard – Leapfrogtown

Have you heard of Leapfrogtown? It is the musical brainchild of actor Chris Guard. Read my interview with him and find out more about the band…

Ok, so you lot know I love music. And that is why I never turn down the chance to find out more about new (well, to me anyway) bands. Especially ones with cool names…

A picture of all 5 band members of Leapfrogtown.

Introducing Leapfrogtown

London group Leapfrogtown formed in the spring of 2013 by all-round creative Chris Guard, best known as an actor and husband to Casualty star Cathy Shipton, and musician/producer Stuart Walton. In 2016 they were joined by Florin C Pascu, Kos Mylon and Andrada Maria Brisc to complete the five member band it is now. Leapfrogtown say they take an eclectic approach to production, letting the sounds serve the songs and the band serve the sounds. A wide range of music influences their work.

Find out more and listen: www.leapfrogtown.com

Chris Guard and Leapfrogband performing live onstage.

Interview with Chris Guard

Where did you get the idea for the band name?

Leapfrogtown is the band. 5 of us now… originally it was jumping over obstacles. Then there’s the offshoot.

Dreamed up What the Fox for a previous project. Usual shit… sitting around pitching band name ideas. Someone said What the Fuck, so it’s just that really – sanitised. Re-branded!

Chris, you are/ were an actor – but have you always had a keen interest in music? What inspired you to start a band?

Music is unavoidable. Acting bought me a house but songwriting is my blood. Mum was a successful actor but her three volumes of published poetry rock my boat. Bands are my outlet.

And the rest of the band, what were your previous careers?

The band are all professional musicians/artists/creatives. All they know.

Three of the band members of Leapfrogtown.

Describe your music in one word.

Words

Who is your biggest musical influence?

John Lennon

What is your favourite track (of your own) and why?

Crave; because I perform it alone but it cries for a band.

What is your all- time favourite song?

Maggie May by Rod Stewart because it’s raw and ridiculous.

How do you enjoy spending your spare time – when you aren’t busy making music?

Raising children, baking, painting, laughing, running, throwing my smart phone in the river.

Tell us all something about yourself that we don’t already know!

I’m an ornithologist

What are your goals for next year?

Don’t die as often as possible.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!

#Blogtober 2016 – Day 17: Favourite Concert Attended

Ooh, today is a great theme! Going to gigs is one of my very favourite things to do, I LOVE live music. I have enjoyed a wide variety of different gigs; from watching unsigned friends just starting out to seeing top international artists on sell out tours, from pubs to festivals, and from massive stadiums to tiny intimate venues (or sometimes even just in their living room!) 

My taste in music is quite varied, I will happily listen to (and dance to!) all sorts of music and would struggle to pick a favourite type. But in terms of live music specifically, I do particularly love indie rock/ rock bands. I love original bands but I really like good cover bands too, and there are also some brilliant tribute acts around! 

The most recent gig I went to was just last week, Kaiser Chiefs at New Slang Club in Kingston, London. I have been lucky enough to see them a few times now, and they never disappoint! They are one of my fave all time bands anyway, but they are certainly one of the best to watch live, they have so much energy and really connect with their audience, absolutely love them. Also, as much as I do love bigger concerts, I feel the intimate gigs are even better still, so this was a great venue too.

New album #StayTogether, favourite band, concert, blogtober, blogging challengeKaiser Chiefs

New album #StayTogether, favourite band, concert, blogtober, blogging challenge

Other particularly memorable music events I have attended include the 2004 Tsunami Benefit Concert in Cardiff, Live 8 at Hyde Park in 2005, and the absolutely amazing buzz of various festivals, especially Reading festival. 

In terms of smaller gigs, aside from my favourites the Kaiser Chiefs, I particularly enjoyed Feeder and Red Hot Chilli Peppers (which was actually a big venue but we were in a sectioned off area at the front so it felt intimate!) I also loved watching Bon Jovi UK recently, best tribute band I have ever seen. And there have been a few really good local cover bands at nearby music venues that have made for a great night out too! 

My first ever concert, I think, was Beautiful South with my mum. I remember they were supported by The Lightning Seeds and there was a technical hitch which meant their equipment suddenly stopped working after a couple of songs, so they gave up and walked off the stage! It was still a brilliant (and memorable!) night though.

Last but not least, the most iconic venue I have ever watched live music probably has to be The Viper Room in LA. I can’t even remember which band was playing the night we were there but it was a cool atmosphere.

Phew, I think that sums it up… not that it was a simple answer! But wow, so many AMAZING memories!!! 

#Blogtober16