The Layabouts

The Layabouts

Leigh, Alex and Ben are the North-London based trio called The Layabouts. The Layabouts produce soulful deep house music, with an emphasis on quality vocal releases. Their sound contains a strong musical element, putting 100% into their production and live performances. Along with the production the guys have maintained their DJ schedule playing all over the U.K. and overseas. 

The Layabouts released an album in October 2012 called Future Retro on Reel People Music.

The Layabouts sprang from the heart of Detroit’s radical/bohemian community of the early ‘80’s as a more or less direct response to to the musical/political eruption of the British ska-punk scene of the late 70’s. Of the four founding members - all whom are in the band today - two were artists and two were veterans of radical political politics like the Fifth Estate Newspaper (the US’s longest surviving ‘60’s radical paper) and the Eat the Rich Gang; thus the name ‘Layabouts’ seemed the only appropriate choice.

Since it’s inception, when we were inspired by the rage and energy of groups like the Sex Pistols, Clash, English Beat, Tom Robinson Band and Crass, the group has always sought to take inspiration from the best in both radical music and radical politics.

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