Newcastle’s Ben Leece is the real deal. Raised on Kamilaroi country, he grew up on a small farm in Quirindi, on the Liverpool Plains south of Tamworth. He first picked up his father’s Maton guitar as an early teenager and began writing songs before he even knew how to play. Things have continued that way ever since.
Ben had previously played in popular Newcastle band The Delta Lions before heading out on his own in 2016. After releasing his debut 7” single, Trace in 2017, he caught the attention of Dashville Skyline who added him to their bill later that year. His performance left such a mark that he has been asked to return to Dashville in 2018
Trace went on to win the Alt-Country Song of the Year award at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards. A short time later, Ben made the Top 15 finalists in The Americana Music Prize of Australia.
Now, Ben has released Villains, the first single from his forthcoming album, No Wonder The World Is Exhausted. The album was recorded and produced by award-winning singer/songwriter, Shane Nicholson, who also features heavily on the release. Other guests include Golden Guitar nominee, Katie Brianna on backing vocals and ARIA Award nominee Jason Walker on Pedal Steel.
No Wonder The World Is Exhausted features 10 tracks of alt-country, rock, blues and folk that perfectly showcase Ben’s rich songwriting capabilities and his dark, soulful voice. It’s a voice which the Newcastle Herald recently described as “carrying emotion and tension with sensitive masculinity”.
No Wonder The World Is Exhausted is out now.