Lioness

Lioness

BandAlternativeEDM

Daft Punk meets Black Sabbath.

Biography

The Golden Killer is a child of the night. Born from dreams and raised on sweaty after-hours adventures, this debut album from Toronto trio LIONESS sounds like a basement dance party, stadium-sized by its powerful roars and rhythms, by the power of three.

Formed in 2007 by bassist Ronnie Morris and drummer Jeff Scheven (former rhythm section for controller.controller) and vocalist Vanessa Fischer (ex-No Dymanics), LIONESS released its self-titled debut EP in 2008, followed by Omens, Oracles and Signs Vol. 1 and 2, featuring singles remixed by Pilotpriest, Mansion, vitaminsforyou, Kids On TV and others. Now, the band’s sonic voodoo is fully realized on The Golden Killer. Produced by Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Holy Fuck) in the midst of a summer heat wave, it’s 12 tracks that capture the Lioness sound and vision: heavy jams draped in mystery and magick, Daft Punk meeting Black Sabbath.

“The title came from a wildlife documentary I was watching, looking for trippy background visuals,” explains Scheven, (who has directed videos for the band as well TV on the Radio, Diamond Rings and Death From Above 1979) “The narrator said ‘lioness…the golden killer!’ and I thought that was cool. Also, we think it’s a pretty killer record.”

From the first single, the hypnotic, haunting ‘The Night” to the infectious grooves of “Electricity” and “Temptation” through the slow doom burn of “They Clip the Wings of Birds,” and the mournful closer “Stay Awhile” (an homage to two dearly missed friends, Devon Clifford of Vancouver’s You Say Party and Toronto art provocateur Will Munro) The Golden Killer swings between ecstatic dance and heavy rock moods, but always summoning the dark side, thanks much to the mystical nocturnal musings of Fischer.

“A lot of the lyrics are about my dreams,” says the singer. “And I really feel the most exciting things happen in the night, you can do anything, and be anything. I like the aesthetic of the darkness, the stars. I find living in the city, when there’s a clear night and you can see stars it’s really inspiring. It puts me in this place that the world is so big, you’re so small, you really get a desire to make your mark.”

Lyrics

You're My Heart

Written By: V. Fischer, R. Morris, J. Scheven (SOCAN)

You're my heart,
I won't try to hide,
You're my heart,
You keep me alive,

You're my heart,
I feel you bleed inside,
You're my heart,
You keep me alive,

I'll give up on anything x3
As long as I have you,

You're my heart,
I won't try to hide,
You're my heart,
You keep me alive,

You're my heart,
I feel you bleed inside,
You're my heart,
You keep me alive,

I'll give up on anything x3
As long as I have you,

You're my heart,
I won't try to hide,
You're my heart,
You keep me away,

You're my heart,
I feel you bleed inside,
You're my heart,
You keep me alive,

I'll give up on anything x3
As long as I have you.

The Night

Written By: V. Fischer, R. Morris, J. Scheven (SOCAN)

Every night the moon is shaking stories in your head.
Every night your shadows haunt you,
Even from your bed.
The sky has sprouted eyes and the darkness bring you fear

The sun is getting cold

And I, oh I, oh I
Love the night
the night, the night

Every night the crickets whisper secrets in my ears
Every night the bats they take their refuge in my hair
The moon has stretched its arms it sprinkles all its charms

The sun is growing old

And I, oh I, oh I
Love the night
The night, the night
And I, oh I, oh I
Love the night

Why is the sky so dark?
Why must it fill my heart?
I’m getting tired of waiting here

You free yourself
In the night
You free yourself
In the night
You free yourself
In the night
You free yourself

And I, oh I, oh I
Love the night
The night, the night
And I, oh I, oh I
Love the night.

Thunder

Written By: V. Fischer, R. Morris, J. Scheven (SOCAN)

I’m getting tired of all your lies
I can see the vagueness in your eyes
I’m getting tired of being tired again

What am I suppose to do
What am I suppose to say to you

I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more

I’m getting tired of mystery
I can’t see past my palms history
All the lines all end where we begin

What am I suppose to do

I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more
I can’t take it
I can’t take it, no more

What am I suppose to do
What am I suppose to say to you
How am I suppose to heal
Why does it always have to feel this way

What am I suppose to do
What am I suppose to say
How am I suppose to heal
Why does it always have to feel this way

Golden Thorn

Written By: V. Fischer, R. Morris, J. Scheven (SOCAN)

The raindrops keep falling out of my eyes
The thunder is frightening
But so are my cries
Over you
Over you

If it’s all over, how should I feel
Agony, sorrow, nothing conceals
How I feel, over you

I’m not over you
I’m not over you

This feeling of hurt, envelops my soul
I sense it inside
I feel it all over, over you.

Bittersweet memories only reveal
I can’t make amends if I don’t feel, over you.

I’m not over you
I’m not over you

Can I start over
You can forget
If you move forward
Where is consequence

Temptation

Written By: V. Fischer, R. Morris, J. Scheven (SOCAN)

Temptation waits for no one
Temptation loves a fool
Temptation grows much deeper
If you want it to
Don’t try to break me this bread
I’ll never drink your wine
If you want blood
Then drain me
I’ll never give you mine

No, no, no

Temptation is hiding
It hasn’t disappeared
Temptation loves to feed
On all your fears
Don’t try to break away
It’s golden hand cuffs on
It’s grasp just won’t allow you
You’re temptation’s pawn

Oh, oh, oh,

You want it so bad
You need it got to have it
You want it so bad
Cause it feels so good

Why deny yourself
Why resist it now
Why deny yourself
Cause it feels so good

You want it so bad
You need it got to have it
You want it so bad
Cause it feels so good

Cause it feels so

Discography

Lioness - "Lioness"; 2008
Lioness - "Omens, Oracles & Signs - Vol. 1"; 2009
Lioness - "Omens, Oracles & Signs - Vol. 2"; 2010
Lioness - "The Golden Killer"; 2012