L E A,
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“I often find myself telling the story of when I discovered my mom’s vinyl collection. It led to a deeper discovery of my love for music and eventually turned into me starting my own collection.”

“For the longest time, we had this giant, yet somewhat old, sound system in my house growing up. My mom used to rotate her favorite jazz CDs on the 6 disc CD player (and sometimes I’d throw in my Jesse McCartney, Aaron Carter, Dream Street, and Myra CDs in the mix as well, haha). There was also an old record player sitting on top of it, but I never really questioned it until one day I found stacks and stacks of records in our unfinished basement. I think I said something like “Mom, why didn’t you tell me you had all of these?” and then dug my way through every record she had.

Of course, I was searching for The Beatles or The Beach Boys records, but instead, I was really intrigued by an album by Air Supply and Electric Light Orchestra. I brought those two upstairs and played them instantly! “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra was a favorite of mine, but the Air Supply record… Let’s just say, I wound up playing that one from start to finish probably every single day.

It was their best hits album too, so I was set. I wound up seeing them in concert twice, got their setlist, and even a guitar pick. To this day, I adore Air Supply! Moving forward, I got my own record player, started collecting Tame Impala records, and even recently had a wonderful experience with a vinyl exchange.

I’ve befriended a member of one of my favorite bands, The Mowgli’s, who after a writing session said, “Do you like vinyl?” and handed me one of their records. “Yes, I love vinyl!”
L E A

“Jersey Boy,” the new EP from L E A arrives in stores on August 26.

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