Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Sometimes, Ted Leo seems too respectable. During his 20-year career, the songwriter has gradually become an unspoken archetype of Punk Rock ideals. His work is layered with spirited socio-political musings but his words never become forced or stale. Pop

Sometimes, Ted Leo seems too respectable. During his 20-year career, the songwriter has gradually become an unspoken archetype of Punk Rock ideals. His work is layered with spirited socio-political musings but his words never become forced or stale.

Anything the man sets to tape is imbued with an organic vitality: Leo’s dulcet vocals are masculine without being afraid to test higher ranges and his playing is equally able to be explosively brisk or taper off into slow, reflective tempos.

Leo’s diligent work ethic and handsome yet unadorned style has endeared him to a varied order of music enthusiasts: Pop Punk fans have stayed loyal since his modest beginnings, Indie Rock devotees have grown impressed with his skill and ambition and other listeners just enjoy the good hooks. 

Read Reyan Ali's interview with Leo here.

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