Genuine Leather is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Chris Galis. Birthed in Austin, TX in 2011, Genuine Leather served as a creative outlet while Galis was writing, playing, and performing in other projects. After some blog buzz around the scrappy single, “The Viper,” a band formed to perform the songs live, and Galis’ priorities shifted to focusing solely on writing and creating music under the name Genuine Leather.
Genuine Leather is a hyphenate genre band. You could call it synth-pop, garage-glam, bedroom-pop, indie-rock, electro-pop, but you’ll always find Genuine Leather pursuit of the craft of song. Influences include new wave (Tears for Fears), post punk (Public Image Ltd), glam (The Cars), modern indie (Tame Impala), adult contempo (The Eagles), and more.
Genuine Leather is the culmination of over a decade of songwriting and home recording from lead singer/songwriter Chris Galis. With 2 full-length LPs, 3 EPs, and several singles (and an official retrospective cassette under their belt) they are wrapping up their latest EP, Genuine Pleasure, for release in 2023.
Here’s what some people have said…
About “Genuine Leather: 2011 – 2019 Demos, Singles, and Live”
It’s a stunning album, full of little innovative garage rock nuggets that chart the creative trajectory of the band.
– The Vinyl District // link
Coming at you like a freight train with the weight of eight years of travel is the golden-hued rock of Austin’s Genuine Leather.
– Impose Magazine // link
Texan Chris Galis and his ongoing project Genuine Leather are certainly in the lovers camp, and for good reason too. After three LPs, some EPs, and some singles, they have decided to try to collect their musical thoughts in a humbly named collection called 2011 -2019 Singles, Demos and Live. Frankly, nothing to be humble about here as vocal harmonies and guitar riffs, and nor should there be. Reminiscent of a number of huge power pop staples, Sloan being first in line, Genuine Leather musically does all the genre-lovers proud, because years of going at it have given them the chops to come up with some good sounds, something you can hear and feel right from “Feel It”, the opening track here.
– Spill Magazine (8/10) // link
“We’re in love with Genuine Leather”
“concise, snappy pop-rock that you could file next to your Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick LPs.”
“Few things are as breezy or easily enjoyable as a Genuine Leather song”
-SIDE ONE TRACK ONE [LINK]
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