After twelve months working in four studios with five producers, We Are Leo are surfacing with a new record. The Rush & The Roar, We Are Leo's 3rd studio album, is a creatively upbeat take on pop, dance, rock & roll.
Born out of a love for music, and an obvious love for Jesus, the record is quickly standing out with some of the best songs the band has written, according to a press release.
The tracks "Astronaut," "CRZY AWSM" and "Low Key" highlight the band's ability to share joy and start dance parties for days. While Songs like "Warrior," "61/ Twenty-Three" and "The Rush & The Roar" offer insight into the band's experience of a genuine, redemptive faith.
This new record is a snapshot of what the last three years of life has been for the band. It celebrates beauty and joy. It hints at pain, deeply felt, and it is a sort of road map of how they've come through the hard times to find hope all over again.
The story started in Kenosha, Wisconsin, almost ten years ago, where David Duffield attended the Living Light School of Worship, later meeting Doug Weier and finally Josh Sentner (who also attended the School of Worship). The band began learning to self-produce records by watching videos online.
While working mornings at Starbucks, they built up a small following playing at local youth groups. They were soon discovered by Ben Kasica of Skillet who signed them to their 1st record deal, producing their debut studio effort, Hello, which featured a #1 Billboard Christian Rock Song "Supernova Sunrise." Following Hello the band signed with Dream Records and released their second album, Fightback Soundtrack.
While the record sales didn't initially start strong, We Are Leo didn't give up. Their persistence & resiliency was rewarded when the band was thrust into the YouTube spotlight, as the sensation Dude Perfect channel featured seven We Are Leo songs to the tune of 200 million plays, and counting. In 2016, the band, was featured to headline the "Get Schooled Tour" performing for over 35,000 students in 60 public schools.
We Are Leo's David Duffield talks about the experience, saying, "It's incredible to be in front of so many teens. I had a pretty rough go in my teens dealing with depression, insecurity and struggling with big questions about faith and my place in the world. Not to say that I'm not completely out of the woods yet, but through the struggle, I found Christ. Or maybe i should say He found me. Either way, I came through the brokenness and in Him I'm finding a hope and a future. That's what our song "61/ Twenty-three" (based on Psalm 23 & Isaiah 61) is about: 'You know the plans that You have for me, and You heal my heart and You set me free ...because You love me'"
He adds, "Being able to sing these words really encompasses the journey I've been on. Feeling the pain of being broken and finding Christ in the midst of that... I know he's my shepherd. Expressing that, creatively, thru music, it's a dream come true. When i got the mixes from the studio, i'm running around and dancing while I listen. I still get that excited. The music just pulses through me. It's incredible."