by the partae

It is with great excitement that Ivy League Records today announce I Know Leopard’s long-awaited debut album, Love Is A Landmine will be released on Friday 5 April. To celebrate, the Sydney four-piece reveal a brand new single ‘Heather’ with accompanying video and also share the news they will head off on their biggest run of shows to date this May and June.

I Know Leopard’s sparkling new track ‘Heather’ is the second single from their forthcoming debut album, following the stunning lead single ‘Landmine’. Directed by Stupid Genius, the clip for ‘Heather’ is a sequel to the video for ‘Landmine’, which was released in August 2018 to an outpour of love from devoted I Know Leopard followers and new fans alike. The song received support across triple j, FBi, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and more, and led to a jam-packed BIGSOUND showcase and a sold out East Coast tour.

The band will bring their Love Is A Landmine record to life on their album tour this May and June kicking off in Adelaide in May and travelling nationally to finish up in Canberra. The run of shows will follow the band’s showcases at SXSW music conference in March.

On their debut album Love Is A Landmine, produced by Jack Moffit (The Preatures) and mixed by Luke Million, I Know Leopard explode their emotions onto a musical kaleidoscope. Written against a back drop of emotional turmoil, which ultimately finished off with new love blossoming, Love Is A Landmine is an unashamedly romantic record that pulls you deep into the rich gamut of emotions that love will inevitably drag you through.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an album full of love songs,” says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Luke O’Loughlin, “but not always in the classic romantic sense. It reflects on experiences where attempts at love are met with confusion, pain and alienation. The record also explores the importance of learning to love yourself before you can successfully love someone else.”

O’Loughlin, along with his bandmates, Rosie Fitzgerald (bass), Jenny McCullagh (violin and keys) and Todd Andrews (guitar), have created the perfect musical complement to the open and impassioned lyrics. Musically, Love Is A Landmine shines, revelling in glam, dreamy synth pop and the kind of playful, upbeat, 70s soft rock made famous by ELO, 10CC and the Alan Parsons Project. Blended seamlessly within that is the taut new wave energy of Metronomy and a glorious deep dive into vintage analogue synths.

“Without sounding too much like a dad,” laughs O’Loughlin. “We just want to show that the classic song is not dead and can still exist in the modern climate. Ultimately we just wanted to give all the music we love a place to live in the modern world.”

So complete is the record in both sound and style, you’d be forgiven for thinking the band had fallen to earth fully formed. In fact, it’s a sound the band has crafted over two EPs,Illumina and Another Life, and two stand-alone singles, ‘Let Go’ and ‘Rather Be Lonely’.

As a finished product, Love Is A Landmine is the musical equivalent of a space blanket: gleaming, shimmering, retro-futuristic and synthetic, but will envelope you and warm you to your very core.

Love Is A Landmine will be released on Friday 5 April on digital, CD and limited red vinyl and is available now to pre-order here. Tickets for I Know Leopard’s album tour are also on sale now!


Love Is A Landmine

I Know Leopard
Album out Friday 5 April through
Ivy League Records
Available to pre-order here

Love Is A Landmine tracklist:
1. Landmine
2. Everything Goes With You
3. Heather
4. All That She Cared About
5. Mums and Dads of Satanists
6. Blame It On Me
7. Seventy Lies
8. 1991
9. Evergreen
10. Shiver Yourself Warm
11. Epica

MAY & JUNE 2019

All tour information available here

Friday 17 May      
Jive | Adelaide, SA

Tickets available here

Saturday 18 May     
Mojo’s | Fremantle, WA

Tickets available here

Sunday 19 May        
Clancy’s | Dunsborough, WA

Free entry

Thursday 23 May        
Workers Club | Geelong, VIC

Tickets available here

Friday 24 May        
Northcote Social Club | Melbourne, VIC

Tickets available here

Saturday 25 May        
The Foundry | Brisbane, QLD

Tickets available here

Sunday 26 May        
Soundlounge | Gold Coast, QLD

Tickets available here

Thursday 30 May        
Cambridge Hotel Side Bar | Newcastle, NSW

Tickets available here

Friday 31 May     
Oxford Art Factory | Sydney, NSW

Tickets available here

Saturday 1 June 
UOW Uni Bar (Stratton Room) | Wollongong, NSW

Tickets available here

Sunday 2 June
Transit Bar | Canberra, ACT

Tickets available here



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