Dear Lions

Dear Lions

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockAlternative

Biography

Dear Lions began as two friends holed up in a studio benevolently on loan to them in December of 2010. After being introduced at a party a few months before, singer Ricky Lewis and guitarist Adam Rubenstein had been flirting with songs and arrangements, putting down sketches in Garageband, but when they found themselves in New York City with recording gear at their whim for a few wintry weeks of musical solitude, things changed. 

The unexpected success of Dear Lions’ first single, "Space Sister", fruit of that very first session, landed the band at SXSW in 2011, playing their first true live show. “Suddenly we had three weeks to put a band together and get comfortable enough to play in front of people”, says Lewis. A phone call to an old friend, a found flyer, and a little serendipity brought them together with Doug Marvin (drums), James Preston (bass), and Garrett Cook (guitar/keys), all unique musicians with seasoned backgrounds in their own right. Their collective presence brought equal parts ambience and power and a band was born.

Championed by RollingStone.com, Spinner, My Old Kentucky Blog, Impose and dozens of other outlets, all within their first three months of existence, Dear Lions has since been invited to open for the likes of Boy & Bear, Dan Mangan, and The Rural Alberta Advantage at some of New York's most prestigious rooms, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Mercury Lounge, and Knitting Factory. Their single also caught attention overseas, where it was released by Germany’s Arctic Rodeo Recordings and continues to receive regular play on Berlin’s top alternative radio station, FluxFM.

Their newest offering, an EP entitled “Lying To My Lies”, is the culmination of their first collaborative recording effort, and displays a budding chemistry that is growing by the day for this still-young band. Balancing three lushly intertwined guitars with confident drums and melodic bass lines, the EP spans Americana overtones to atmospheric pop to pure rock & roll. With shades of The Cure, R.E.M., and Interpol, the songs are driven by Lewis' unique vocals and evocative lyrics. “Lying To My Lies” was mixed by Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Surfer Blood) and engineered by Dean Baltulonis (Ra Ra Riot, The Hold Steady). The band is planning a series of live performances to promote the EP’s November 29th release.

Discography

"Lying To My Lies" EP, November 2011
All Songs Written & Produced by Dear Lions
Recorded by Dean Baltulonis
Mixed by Jorge Elbrecht
Mastered by Roman Vail at Joe Lambert Mastering
Additional Recording & Mixing by Mickey Alexander

"Space Sister" single, March 2011
(Radio: KDHX 88.1, St. Louis; Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento; 100.6 MotorFM, Berlin, Germany)
(Streaming: AOL's Spinner "MP3 of the Day", My Old Kentucky Blog, The Stark Online, CohabitSociety.com)

"Dear Lions" EP, May 2011 (USA)
(Streaming: AOL's Spinner.com, IndieRockReviews.com)

"Dear Lions" EP, Summer 2011, Arctic Rodeo Recordings (Germany)