A motley 3-piece from Edinburgh, The Leg recently released their berserk, brilliant third album ‘An Eagle To Saturn’ on blog-cum-record label Song, By Toad. The band, who occasionally moonlight as a backing band for Paul Vickers (formerly of Dawn Of The Replicants), can best be described as a marriage between folk tradition and punk snarl; only this is a wedding where the church is on fire, the Vicar is on Buckfast and the bride has feld, screaming, into the woods.
There’s a hint of Mclusky to song titles like ‘Sad As Dead Monkeys’ which is reflected in the raucous vocals, but there’s also a real finesse to the violin and banjo that underpins many of their best moments. Like the New York band O’Death, The Leg manage to defy the received idea that folk music is nice, but a little bit dull. The Leg are not nice, and that’s why they’re so exciting.