“If there's one thing I want to achieve, it's to shake my generation out of its apathy…” – Lee Griffiths, ZTT 2001 biography.
Born and raised in Manchester, singer-songwriter Lee Griffiths is only 25 but his songs are coloured by the experience. Expelled from school at 15 after punching a teacher who was disrespectful about his mother, Lee took a job in a pickle factory before returning to college to complete his GCSEs and A Levels. Having bought a cheap guitar as a youngster, Lee became obsessed with The Beatles, easily picking up the riffs to the songs. After college he took a string of dead-end jobs and sang lead wih DBX for four years before the band fizzled out.
After a string of attention-grabbing local gigs, the manager of 808 State passed on a demo to ZTT and it was only a matter of time before he secured a deal. A debut EP, Feeling The Strain, was released in June '99 and garnered Lee favourable comparisons with Tim Buckley and Van Morrison, although his gritty new-wave northern soul style is distinctly his own. Whilst Lee's performances rely on nothing but an acoustic guitar and his swooping, angelic voice, he has spent the last twelve months refining his songwriting and drawing on the production skills of Trevor Horn and George De Angelis to draw the essence of his writing skills to the surface.
09 November 2011
The North at its Heights (Deluxe Edition)