Portishead, PJ Harvey, Florence and the Machine
Inspired by everything from Roy Orbison to PJ Harvey and Doris Day through the years, singer and songwriter Leah Siegal has settled quite nicely into an eclectic pop rock genre all her own with her latest project Firehorse. While their debut LP boasts a wide range of vaudevillian-like vocals that would strike the fancy of many Portishead fans, there are elements of the record that sound subdued and patient as a whole, making ample room for Siegal's vocals to shine.
Endorsed by Prince himself, singer and songwriter Leah Siegel explored many different avenues of songwriting before settling into the project she now feels most at home with. At age six Siegel was classically trained on the violin, eventually teaching herself how to play guitar and writing her own songs by age 15. A young start for most musicians, but one that has given the songstress a well rounded repertoire to draw from in her various musical projects to date. Part time cabaret singer in the Citizens Band, and part time front woman for the R&B influenced Brooklyn Boogaloo, it is her latest project, Firehorse, that symbolizes her own style most clearly. Urged by a desire to abandon all inhibitions about her sound, Siegel adopted the name from the Chinese Zodiac symbolic for passion and certainty. And based on nearly every live review of Firehorse out there, their sets are ablaze in energy and charisma. Joined by Tim Luntzel, Steve Elliot, and Brian Wolfe, Firehorse celebrated the release of their debut "And So They Ran Faster..." just last September on Pledgemusic.