Leif Erikson was the relatively little-known Icelandic explorer believed by many to have been the first Westerner to reach the shores of America (beating Christopher Columbus to establish a Norse colony in the New World). It’s a legend partly paid tribute to in this namesake of a new London five-piece, whose early material also explores that idea of escaping to a simpler, more innocent time.

The band’s second single, ‘Never Get You Out Of My Mind’, feels as inspired by the dreamy, transatlantic rock of War on Drugs or Kurt Vile as the likes of Fleet Foxes. Uplifting, cathartic and yet tinged with sadness, ‘Never Get You Out Of My Mind’ is described by singer Sam as “an acceptance of the realisation that a first love that you thought would last is coming to an end.” Slowly honing their craft, members of Leif Erikson have been friends from school since the age of 13: firstly forming bands together, and later tailing off into make-do jobs (chef, builder) whilst, as the title of their debut track suggested, looking for signs.

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