(Denver, Colo.) – Backslash Records has announced that the sophomore release of Denver-based modern rock guitarist/singer-songwriter Aldo Leopardi is available in stores now, it was released on August 16. The Villains & Heroes EP features five original songs by Aldo Leopardi and his band and was recorded at Backbone Studio in Loveland, Colo. and The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colo. The EP was produced by Lee Miles, known for his work with Oh My Stars, Rise Against, Puddle of Mudd and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Proceeds from the sale of the EP will benefit Paulina’s Promise (http://www.paulinaspromise.com/), a Colorado-based charity that raises funds to support the Cardiac Unit at The Children’s Hospital in Denver.
For Aldo Leopardi the Villains & Heroes EP represents his growth as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The EP also shows the maturation of his increasingly distinctive modern guitar rock sound.
“My last record was, in many ways, a tribute to the classic rock musicians that I’ve always idolized,” said Leopardi, who cites AC/DC, The Angels (aka Angel City), Led Zeppelin and Van Halen among his early influences. “But with this latest EP, I’m taking it a step beyond that.”
Villains & Heroes contributes to the evolution of modern rock, a genre which has already been influenced by contemporaries like Foo Fighters, Powderfinger and Linkin Park. “In theory, guitar-driven rock songs are all pretty similar. But in practice, these bands have proven that there’s a depth of nuance and originality to explore,” said Leopardi. “With this record, I’m out to prove that once again.”
An innovative mix of alternative and contemporary rock music, Villains & Heroes serves as an artistic vehicle for the angst, inspiration and revelations that Leopardi has experienced in his real life. The recording also captures the high energy and intensity that Aldo Leopardi is known for in his live performances. True to the hard rock party vibe of his concerts, the songs on Villains & Heroes meld sing-along pop sensibility with the intricacies and aggression of high testosterone guitar rock.
Promotion and iPad Giveaway
To promote the record, Backslash Records is hosting a contest where fans are invited to submit a video clip for the EP’s first single, “My Parade.” To enter, contestants create a music video for the song “My Parade,” and then upload it to YouTube. The YouTube video link must then be posted at http://www.facebook.com/AldoLeopardiMusic by October 16, 2011 for consideration. Clips from the best entries will be combined to create the official video for the song. In addition, two Grand Prize winners will each receive an iPad2 as a prize. Aldo and his band will judge the top five most viewed videos and choose a Grand Prize winner. A second Grand Prize winner will be handpicked by Aldo based on originality and creativity.
Fans can receive a free download of the song “Love” from the new Villains and Heroes EP by signing up for the mailing list at Aldo’s website.