http://www.facebook.com/thelionsfb will have all the latest updates, free downloads and new videos on The Lions!
The Lions are a real rock n roll band, not rich kids who try and look poor but really live in fancy houses their parents bought. They don't rely on smoke machines, lazerbeams, gimmicks, and props screens. Chris Liz and Justin show up to play a rock n roll show have a laugh, say hello, greet the audience and have a go! If you grew up loving British music and wonder what it would sound like with a 7 string guitar, you've found The Lions.
In the last year that's when things have started happening for the Calgary trio. In 2009 The Lions, opened for Mobile and The Arkell's twice, Jet and Our Lady Peace. They played "The Grey Cup Street Festival" and "NXNE." Radio icons like Jim Gellatly, BBC Radio Scotland and Alan Cross, Ongoing History of New Music, have helped propel the bands popularity and get their music heard by a larger audience.
People respect The Lions, because they do what other bands don't have the gaul to do! In 2009, they drove from Calgary to Toronto to play NXNE and did it on a Friday night. The thing is though, is that they weren't asked to play, they just got to. The Lions have always been a blue collar band and have influenced other Calgary bands to follow the same attitude even although most of them never stepped foot on a job-site!
It's about attitude, being non-exclusive, loyal and welcoming everyone. If your good to them, they're good to you.
The Lions have just released their new full length album which is there best yet. Skope Magazine says "The Lions are a REAL rock band that play REAL rock ‘n’ roll music with no fancy gimmicks." The trio have started taking over American college radio charts and beating out bands like Pearl Jam, Norah Jones and John Mayer in the month of May 2010 charting at #104 on the RIYL college radio charts! Yes, it was definitely no number one, but out of 500 other people and big acts, it didn't exactly go unnoticed.
They have toured incessantly, getting good radio play and just got back from a tour through Western Canada and America playing Vancouver, Portland and Seattle to name a few. This is a real band that's been around since 2003 paying their dues and along the path of inevitability, they'll get to the places their meant to be going.
Some kind words from our press...
"The Lions, a band out of this great nation that has a uniquely perfected form of rock."
Phillip Hong, Fab! Indie, June 12th 2010
"The Lions are a REAL rock band that play REAL rock ‘n’ roll music with no fancy gimmicks."
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine, April 20th 2010
"I see a lot of potential in these guys"
Alan Cross, Explore Music, April 2010
"I do like the rawness of 'The Lions' album [New Rise Of The Footsoldier]..."
Jim Gellatly, BBC Radio: Jim Gellatlys New Music (podcast 76 2010)
"Judging by the line-up at their merch booth after their set, it was eviedent that the crowd was stoked with their performance"
Tanner Holthe, Beatroute, Live Music Review (on opening for Jet, Oct 15th 2009)
"They're local and they're fabulous...raw working man's rock 'n' roll!"
Charles Gunn, CBC Radio 1: The Key of A (June 2008)
Chris - VOX, Guitar
Jibbs McGee - Propaganda
Justin - VOX, Bass
Liz - Drums
The Lions - EP - (2004) - The Beach
Sounds Familiar - (Jan 2008) - MCC
Rock & Roll Lounge (Sessions) (Sept 2008) - MCC
Live Love Laugh (May 2009) - Taylor Sound
Live at MacEwan Hall (Nov 2009) - Taylor Sound
New Rise Of The Footsoldier (March 2010) - Taylor Sound