Indie, Rock, Roots
The Replacements, Bob Mould, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young,Tom Petty, Etc
Bradley Bradford - Bass Shann Lions- Vox/Guitar/Harp Gav Moncreiff Drums Keef MacQueen - Lead Guitar/Vox Stephen Briggs - Keys
Meet your new favourite band.
They're called Four Lions, but there's actually five of 'em these days. And you'll find them rocking out in the central Victorian town of Bendigo, where there's long been gold in them thar hills.
They ply their trade in a potent brand of Americana that fuses roots, rock and alt-country. Think Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Neil Young and Crazy Horse. It's the classic music of small towns with only a couple of bitumen options whenever you want to get the hell outta Dodge.
Four Lions was formed in late 2014 by singer/guitarist/chief songwriter Shann Lions, who liked his new band so much that he named himself after them. He is completed by Keith MacQueen (lead guitar/vocals), Stephen Briggs (keyboards, Hammond), Greg Perry (bass), and Gavan Moncrieff (drums, percussion).
Three albums followed in quick succession - Charing Cross (2015), Vahland (2016), and Golden Triangle (2017), all released independently on the band's own label Verse Chorus Verse.
Chinese astrology will tell you that 2019 is the year of the pig - but it's really going to be the Year of the (Four) Lion(s).
The band's fourth album, Hard Days, is due to drop in May - and it's a bona fide cracker.
It was produced by The Greasy Triplets; recorded by Finn Keane (Wilco) at Head Gap Studios in Preston, Victoria; mixed by Sam Kassirer (David Ramirez. Josh Ritter) in Boston, Massachusetts; and mastered by Ludwing Diaz in San Francisco, California.
It was preceded in November 2018 by the digital-only single Cash Grab, which debuted to a rowdy packed house in the band's hometown (with their own brand of beer on tap!).
Hard Days will be accompanied by an Australian east coast tour in mid-2019, Four Lions' biggest live undertaking so far. All dates/venues will be announced in February.
The album's first two singles, How Much? and Stay, will be released on February 1 and March 1, respectively, followed by the Victorian leg of the tour in March.
Four Lions will be working closely with Footstomp Music (You Am I, Ry Cooder), which will oversee the national promotion of the new album and its singles.
The band will also fly the flag for the local brigade at the inaugural four-day Bendigo Autumn Music festival, headlined by Kurt Vile and the Violators and kicking off on April 25.
Make sure you're there so you can say "I saw them when ... "