Artist Showcase – Portrait Of Leaders

Portrait Of Leaders


Portrait of Leaders consists of four members who formed in the summer of 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Emerging from different bands in the Winnipeg Music scene that consisted of Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Metal Genres. What makes portrait of leaders unique from the current music atmosphere is the bands ability to embrace every member’s different styles and influences. This providing the creative template for a cohesive orgy of fresh music.

Needing to fill the void in the current music scene that we feel lacks soulful writing and soulful performances. We believe both recorded and live music should be above all passionate, but should also convey the labour that went into it through deftness and accuracy. With everyone in the band being a writer, our songs have different attitudes, but this is what captures our signature sound. 

Our music is good clean fun… We bring screaming lead guitar, which pays homage to classic guitar legends, melodies and lyrics that get stuck in your ear like wax, captivating bass lines so good you can sing them, and ghost note rhythmic percussion that will haunt your dreams for nights.

We have been fortunate in our first year and have been winning over audiences and gaining new fans. We strive on engaging with our audience and providing a memorable experience. Our audiences have been very responsive to our songs and amazingly have been singing our lyrics back to us at recent shows. 

We are currently writing, and sifting through songs and ideas to be recorded for our upcoming debut album in late 2016, early 2017. We will be embarking on our first tour in August 2016 to promote our Demo and increase our musical reach across the country.

  1. Who are your musical inspirations & Influences?

Prince, Pink floyd, Tom petty, Eagles, Springsteen. 

  1. What local band other than you guys would you like people to know about?

Some local artists we like are Basic Nature, Ralph, Vikings and Silence kit

  1. Gear question! What guitars, amps, drums, basses, effects do you use?

Jordan Sanderson (drums) Pearl session studio SBX ( 8×7, 10×8, 12×9, 14×12, 16×14, 18×16, 20×16”) Tama Starclassic Performer B/B (10×8, 12×9, 16×14, 22×18”) -Snares-

Tama mastercraft bell brass (1980-81) 14×5” Pearl Reference brass 14×6.5″ Pearl sensitone hammered steel 14×5″ Meinl, Sabian, Zildjian cymbals

Patrick Thomas (Bass) Fender jazzmaster, Dr strings, Voodoo labs pedal power, Boss Flanger, Visual audio liquid chorus, Aguilar Fuzzistor, cry baby wah, Shure GLX-D wireless system. 

Bo Neufeld (lead guitar) Main guitar – 2006 Gibson les Paul studio with BFG electronics Secondary guitars – Fender Jassmaster and an Epiphone Riviera P93 Amp is an Orange rockerverb 50 mkii and pedal chain is as follows:Tc electronics tuner – modded crybaby – mxr dyna comp – mxr bass octave deluxe – Volume pedal – EXH Big Muff – Hermida Audio Zendrive – Custom 77 King for a Day booster. MXR micro flange – MXR phase 90 – TC electronics Flashback x4 delay with custom built expressing pedal – Boss 7 band graphic eq. 

Sam Gardner (guitar, vocals) Epiphone Sheraton, Vox AC30.

  1. If you could put together a perfect band with anyone alive or passed away, who would be in the band? (6 players, keys, 2 guitars, bass, drums, vocals)

Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Bonham and Freddy Mercury

  1. What song are you currently digging?

Jordan sanderson – Seven Seas by Avishai Cohen. Patrick Thomas – Alive by Moon Tan. Sam Gardner – Electric love by Borns

  1. What is the future for the band? Any plans to record?

We are looking forward to playing the West end cultural centre on May 15th for the Landmark events showcase. We are having an album fundraiser on May 19th at the Goodwill social club w/ Ralph and Silence kit. Lastly we are going on our first tour to Alberta and Bc in August and plan to record our first album in Toronto during the fall.

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