Ted Leo of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Talks About His Latest Album Brutalist Bricks
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists are punks for the thinking man. Drawing inspiration from politics, social change, and even Irish folktales, these guys from D.C. have been writing thoughtful and engaging punk rock music for a little over a decade now, drawing fans from indie kids to their NPR listening parents. And they have no intention of slowing down. Last year was a rough one for the guys. Their label dissolved and the album that they were working on was scrapped. Undeterred they set about writing new material and self produced a new album in Brooklyn which was released a couple weeks ago on Matador Records. We caught up with Leo a few weeks ago to talk about these crazy transitions, the health of punk music, and Malibu rum. Here is some of what was said.