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a house for lions

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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"Billboard names as 1 of 8 best things seen at SXSW 2012"

L.A.'s A House for Lions showed off a robust rock sound at Rusty's on Wednesday, adding garage ferocity to the softer, '90s-influenced alt-rock of debut EP 'I Want Us to Be Remembered'. The group just finished a new batch of demos, including electric scorcher 'XOX'. - Billboard.com


"Loudersoft - "this is a band that has figured out how to craft a song, entirely in the present tense. The writing is simple, but evocative and intelligent.""

I had a 90s alternative rock dream, filled with the kind of music best punctuated by the rhythmic passing of streetlights on some interstate in the middle of nowhere. But then I woke up. Turns out? I was at The National Underground on Friday night, seeing A House for Lions. In my case (unlike Biggie’s) it wasn’t all a dream — but while there are flashes of Gin Blossoms or Toad the Wet Sprocket or Better than Ezra in there, there are also these lovely little patches of John Hiatt and veritable miles of Lyle Lovett.
All nostalgia aside, this is a band that has figured out how to craft a song, entirely in the present tense. The writing is simple, but evocative and intelligent. Mike Nissen’s guitar work is smart and versatile — warm where it needs to be, piercing through the texture where it needs to, calling up country and bluegrass on one track and settling into alt-rock reverb on the next. And on just about every track, my ear jumps at an inescapable comparison to Mark Knopfler. It’s these subtleties of tone that allow them to take their sound into a lot of different territories — so far they seem to be charting all of them with ease. - Loudersoft


""So alluring and incredibly heartfelt...""

So alluring and incredibly heartfelt. Lead singer-songwriter Daniel Norman swoons with his comforting voice, drawing in listeners to feel the honesty through his endearing lyrical content. Can’t help but keep my head swaying. Too good. - BBQCHICKENROBOT


"BeatCrave Fav - "...instrumentally and vocally they are so rich, raw, and appealing...""

In our opinion, A House For Lion‘s debut EP, I Want Us To Be Remembered, has set the bar pretty high as far as debuts are concerned. On the one hand, an EP is a great way to precede a full-length, giving listeners a taste and letting things go from there as far a second helpings are considered. In their case, however, instrumentally and vocally they are so rich, raw, and appealing that we were already ready for more on the second track. Their sound is united, harmonious and seamless as much as it is layered, with hints of alternative, country, and folk in a rock setting. Also, we are very happy to report that the LA-based band’s sound is as polished in the live venue as it is in studio. Having just played the CMJ Music Marathon, we’re looking forward to more catchy melodies from them as the year closes and well into the next. - BeatCrave


"L.A. Times: AHFL one of seven bands to watch at CMJ!"

“With the band’s catchy, emotive sound —equal parts dusty alt-country and lovelorn late ’90s alt-rock —we’re surprised debut EP track ‘Let Back’ isn’t as big a hit as ‘Pumped Up Kicks.’ Maybe they need more synthesizers?” - L.A. Times


"Blue Microphones Blue MOB Featured Artist"

A House For Lions is now endorsed by Blue Microphones and part of the amazing Blue MOB family! - Blue Microphones


""provides an animated live show, drawing influences from soul, folk, and indie rock with each song sounding completely unique from that which came before. Their debut EP I Want Us To Be Remembered is certainly memorable…"

"A House For Lions provides an animated live show, drawing influences from soul, folk, and indie rock with each song sounding completely unique from that which came before. Their debut EP I Want Us To Be Remembered is certainly memorable…" - Make The Girls Dance


"Sonicbids Artist of the Week"

We recently had the chance to catch up with vocalist Daniel Norman on his favorite gig, what he hopes fans take away from the Lions’ music, and where you can check them out next...(more on the link) - Sonicbids


"FILTER Magazine Discover The Undiscovered: A House For Lions"

*interview w/ songwriter/lead singer Daniel about AHFL* - Filter Magazine


"Getting To Know A House For Lions"

[A House For Lions] provides an animated live show, drawing influences from soul, folk, and indie rock with each song sounding completely unique from that which came before. Their debut EP I Want Us To Be Remembered is certainly memorable, with highlights including “Come On Let’s Go” and “Let Back.” - Make The Girls Dance


"Q50 - Gary Lightbody's Track of the Month"

They’re only just starting out but already they’re purring like a sleek machine with a human heart…seeing a band this good this early is a thing of wonder and ought to be celebrated. With parades. In lieu of a parade, though (tricky things to organise) I thought I’d write a few of them. Come On Let’s Go is as woozy and seductive as a Jay Gatsby party and there is an intensity and, paradoxically, a tenderness I’ve seldom heard. A supremely lovely piece of music that I find leaves me bereft when I can’t get to it. I obsess perhaps a little too easily, I confess, but when there is such beauty out there to pore over then a little obsession is far too rewarding to worry about. - Q Magazine


"L.A. Unheard: A House for Lions roars on new EP"

one of LA's best undiscovered acts...the modern rock genre is in need of some fresh faces. Enter A House for Lions...Evokes the more sensitive days of ’90s alternative with a fresh spin. - L.A. Times


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“With the band’s catchy, emotive sound — equal parts dusty alt-country and lovelorn late ’90s alt-rock — we’re surprised debut EP track ‘Let Back’ isn’t as big a hit as ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.” --L.A. Times

"L.A.'s A House for Lions showed off a robust rock sound at Rusty's on Wednesday, adding garage ferocity to the softer, '90s-influenced alt-rock of debut EP 'I Want Us to Be Remembered'. --Billboard.com

“They’re only just starting out but already they’re purring like a sleek machine with a human heart...seeing a band this good this early is a thing of wonder and ought to be celebrated.” - Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) - Q Magazine

THE LATEST: The band's debut full-length album made with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Warpaint) will be released 06.24.14 on Randm Records, home to the cult status Lost Ark Studio. They made the album after successfully completing a DIY crowdfunding campaign that impressed the indie music world at large and attracted flattering press (including an interview on NPRDigital Music NewsTunecoreHypebot) based on the innovative approach they took in bypassing Kickstarter and the other main crowdfunding platforms.

Daniel Norman, singer/songwriter of A House for Lions, is a music lover who never intended to become a musician. But while hitchhiking through Germany, a melody and a few words popped into his head and never left: “we'll write a book worth reading!” - the first line of what would become the first song Daniel ever wrote and A House for Lions' statement of purpose, “Let Back”. In that moment, he realized it might be possible to get off of the fence and create a project of his own; at least, it would be fun to try.

In early 2010 he found just that in an unlikely group of strangers. Adding guitarist and designer Mike Nissen, bass player Eric McCann and drummer Joe Luisi, A House for Lions has developed a sound that according to The Deli Magazine “manages to blend the sleeker side of angsty 90s rock with the laid-back instrumentation and heart-string pulling melodies you might expect from an alt-country band”.

Within six months of forming the band had recorded their first EP I Want Us To Be Remembered, with LA producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and were off and running. From there the band garnered rave reviews from the LA Times and Billboard.com and many more, made impressive debuts at CMJ and SXSW and established themselves as one of Los Angeles' most promising young bands. 

The band's debut full-length album made with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Elliot Smith, Fiona Apple) will be released 06.24.14 on Randm Records, home to the cult status Lost Ark Studio.

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