Leadfield are: Ilja Strobbe (vocals, guitars, keys), Gregor Strobbe (drums), Anton Hellemans (bass). The band rehearses at Ilja and Gregor’s house in Zwijnaarde, near Ghent. They started out as Indigo in the basement of the brothers’ former house at Batterijstraat (‘Battery Street’) in Ghent. Anton joined the band in summer 2009, with the group moving their gear to the less cramped living room of the Ghent house. The songs that Ilja and Gregor had worked on as a duo were further developed, while new songs emerged from jams in between rehearsals. The group combines a number of styles. Their piano-based songs are closely related to symphonic rock à la Muse. They comprise bombastic verses and restrained choruses, adorned with climactic transitions and final choruses. The guitar-based songs bear resemblance to Queens of the Stone Age according to some. They combine driving verses with groovy choruses, now and then laced with surprising breaks.
While working on their music, Ilja, Gregor and Anton thought long and hard about finding a better-sounding band name. They looked for inspiration on the worldwide web: Youtube served as a jukebox, whereas Google, Wikipedia and other informative websites were references for the right name. Almost two years later, after wading through an endless list of brainstorms and suggestions, ‘LeadField’ was chosen.
In the meantime, the members of the band had been thinking about performing, but no substantial plans were made. In October of 2010, the band moved to Zwijnaarde. From then on, plans became more concrete. The band decided to organise their first gig for friends and family, at their own expense. It will perform its first set, containing twelve songs, in June of 2011. Afterwards, LeadField aims to enter competitions and score more gigs.