I, The Lion are a 3 piece post-punk trio from Cheltenham (UK).
This is a band who were made for creative songwriting. Since forming, the band have worked hard to craft their sound and make their mark on the UK scene. As the band have grown, most notably they have become more technical in their songwriting, playing music that is complex but grabs the listener with hooks.
I, The Lion have become renowned as one of the hardest touring bands in the UK, having toured the UK countless times and playing every show they possibly can. They have shared the stage with some amazing talent including Gallows, DZ Deathrays, Three Trapped Tigers, Talons and Emp!re to name a few. With pure power, aggression and energy, I, The Lion feel most at home when on the road.
Since conception in 2011, I, The Lion have become renowned for their exuberant live performance and huge sound, solidifying themselves at the forefront of the British post-punk scene.
Their first single got over a 1000 downloads in its first month, a huge achievement for a band only formed a month prior. It quickly became known throughout the local rock scene through relentless promotion. The follow up EP, Tides and Tales, was once more a success with the anthemic opening fast becoming a fan favourite.
More recently the band released the first single, Hold Strong, from the upcoming new EP. They debuted it at 2000 Trees Festival and gave out the single for free. All copies were gone in under 30 seconds with people crowding around to pick up a copy after their performance.
The band have been away working on their new record, 'Run', which is due for release in February 2015. The 4 track EP was recorded with Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Reuben, Fightstar) at Stakeout Studios in London. When listening to the tracks you can hear why so many well established artists choose to work with Jason. It perfectly captures the huge raw sound of the band and gives you a great involvement with how I, The Lion work musically.
The title, "Run" draws on the common theme running throughout the lyrics, of trying to get away and create something new and real. This is explored in Evans' cryptic lyrics and storytelling, while creating vivid mental imagery to accompany them.
Guitarist, Elliot met Nath (drums) when his previous band lost their drummer a week before tour. Nath was the first guy to audition and learnt the whole set in a day. The first show was a disaster after breaking down at the venue, sleeping in an air tight car and almost suffocating. But this never demoralised them and ever since have blended together to become a songwriting machine.
Years later Chris (Bass) and Elliot met at university while studying music. They started writing and playing acoustic shows which showcased their raw talent and how well their voices worked together. They soon realised they wanted to take that next step with their sound and in 2011 recruited Nath on drums to form I, The Lion.
Outside the band the three guys have an array of hobbies. Chris is a tattoo artist, Elliot delves in videography, and Nath has crossed lots of paths, including football, cage fighting and basketball. Put all of this together and you end up with energy, passion and creativity combined.
For fans of: At The Drive In, Biffy Clyro, Arcane Roots