Widely hailed as an indie standout in 2013, Leagues’ debut You Belong Here garnered a rabid fan base behind the breakout alternative and AAA singles “Spotlight” and “Walking Backwards.” The latter appeared during a pivotal
scene on the first season of blockbuster Netflix original, Orange is the New
Black. In total, they were given a number of high-profile uses in film,
television and advertising campaigns.
Following that success, the band set about making their
follow-up album, which they completed in late 2014 but with a sinking feeling
that it wasn’t the right one.
“It’s hard to see when you’re in the middle of that
process,” says Cockrell, “but I think we both had this growing feeling that we
weren’t saying everything we wanted to say and weren’t pushing each musically
to do all we could do. So we had to wipe
the slate clean and start over.”
“That was so, so hard,” admits Lutito. “We’d put so much time and all of our
resources in to that process only to realize that it wasn’t right. The one good thing, though, was that from
that point on neither of us pulled a single punch – the stakes were too high to
give anything less then our absolute best.”
The resulting 11-track album proves the band’s instincts
sound. Produced entirely by Lutito, and comprised both of reworked songs from
the first pass as well as wholly new ones, Alone Together captures a creative
duo egging each other on to ever-greater heights. The songs themselves are among Cockrell’s
best. Made all the more dynamic by Lutito’s ability to continue pushing the
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