Leslie Benson – Lead Vocals, Lyrics

Q. When did you first get into music?

A. After obsessing over my dad’s vinyl record collection in the mid-90’s, I began strumming an acoustic guitar in my parent’s basement, recording teen angst on a used 4-track recorder. It was lo-fi, fuzzy, cracklin’ love at first sight! I also sang in a youth choir and played flute for many years.

Q. Who are your biggest influences?

A. My earliest electronic music influences were Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, and Nine Inch Nails.

Q. Past music projects?

A. Mr. Eyetooth and the Majestic Moose (1997 – 1998)

Burning Veda (2001 – 2002)

Irene & Reed (2009 – 2013)

The Sweetest Condition (2012 – 2016)

Q. What do you look forward to in working with God in Rehab?

A. I’m so excited and grateful to work with these guys. Singing my poetry is an emotional release for me, and I’ve got a lot of years to unleash on the world! I feel lucky to be able to create music with my friends.

Q. What’s one unique thing about you?

A. I wrote my first original song, “Xavier,” a gothic metal tune in 1997, on a vintage Van Halen-inspired black and white striped, distorted monster of a guitar.

Q. Your Motto?

A. “Greet every morning with curiosity and hope.”