The driving force behind Leopold & His Fiction, Daniel James, made his way to Austin from Detroit by way of San Francisco and LA. This city blend is easily heard in the sonic diversity of the group’s tunes. With a solid foundation of rock ‘n’ roll, bluesy folk, psych and garage rock all make appearances across albums and even individual songs found in the repertoire of Leopold. While drawing on similarities between the band and other stripped down outfits like The White Stripes and the Black Keys is a fair comparison, it minimizes the depth and pure chaos that Leopold & His Fiction songs elicit.
Others have recognized the band’s winning combination as well, affording tour spots in support roles for The Cult and ZZ Top. The group has also been recording with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Slayer, The Dandy Warhols, Jet) for their next release. Fresh off a slot at the New Orleans VooDoo Festival and a stage appearance with Dr. Dog, it’s anyone’s guess where Leopold & His Fiction will pop up next.