What the critics are saying

Leika on the BBC

Leika on the BBC

Pitchfork – about our debut album – The tinny bass-driven rumblings that open Leika’s Space on Tuesday initially suggest they’re an act hoping to grab whatever money Franz Ferdinand and other angular post-punk throwbacks left on the table nearly a decade ago. Once the song starts proper, however, this UK quintet brings to mind punks of a different vintage. Their melodically strident vocals are the stuff of every great Buzzcocks single, while the judiciously used (and skillfully deployed) brass section seems to have been pulled straight out of Paul Weller’s bag of tricks… Full review:

Feb 2017 – Flattering Review of our latest album ‘Love on the run’:

‘A fine piece of work … watch out for the lyrics!’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music.

‘A London-based band, Leika are stalwarts of the capital’s live scene, gigging incessantly since they formed in 2006. “Love, Love, Love” recalls the catchiest moments of The Jam and The Libertines in its snappy two and a half minutes, but with added sax appeal’ – Tom Robinson @ Fresh on the Net:


‘Buzzcocks fizz punk, Talking Heads art funk, a blend of fine post punk forms with a twizzle of Britpop sensibilities’- BugBear, Camden promoter

”Space On Tuesday’ is an extraordinary record that bleeds passion, excitement and experimentation. A complete gem and an exhilarating listen…Leika far outshine their contemporaries…’ – RoomThirteen Music. Full review:

‘Space on Tuesday’ – a brilliant piece of rebellion out to prove that LEIKA are here to stay, proudly pedantic with neither a smidgeon of plagiarism, nor hint of fallacy…Inspiring, awesome, classic’ – Guy Waddington AAA-music. Full review:

‘..London’s best offering since the Libertines, Leika has it all..’ – nu:life Northumbria Student Union mag. Full review:

‘They write original and intelligent songs with contagious melodies, and have been described by some as the missing link between the Buzzcocks and Talking Heads. You can hear rockabilly, blues, and surf rock influences in their songs, making them a truly unique band on the scene.’ The Garage/Barfly

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