Lion's Mouth
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Lion's Mouth

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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Today we present Lion’s Mouth – a duo that has recently moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin. After listening to their self-titled debut, it really begs the question as to why they are not more well-known. The fact that this is a female duo that rivals the percussion of The Dodos and vocals reminiscent of Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) and early Lisa Loeb, the question is pondered even harder. Lion’s Mouth are creating the full sound of an entire band with just two members and they are doing it very well. A very successful female duo that comes to mind is Tegan & Sara, and honestly with the right promotion and someone backing Lion’s Mouth, they could go just as far – all of the elements for success are present with this duo.

Lion’s Mouth’s self-titled debut came out last year and was released completely under the radar. The duo is made up of singer and guitarist Chelsea Zareczny and drummer Sara Wexler. The entire album focuses on relationships and also displays the diversity in their range with impressive drumming and guitar skills on the instrumental track “Coming Home”. One of the best tracks on the album that could be a lead single is titled “Run”. It speaks of independence and making sure you are living your life for yourself, not others. The cadence and tempo of this track is reminiscent of The Dodos but with a definite indie-pop feel to it. “Crucible” is a stand-out rock driven track which speaks of facing your fears and moving forward anyway. One of the best percussion-based tracks that showcases the awesome talent of Wexler is “That Would Imply I Cared” and is also a great I’m-about-to-break-up-with-you song.

There are also a couple of slower-paced tracks that still showcase outbursts of tempo with “Soulmates”, “Carolina”, and “Distance”. “The Dr.” has a nice summery feel even though the song speaks of loss; it is surprisingly upbeat. “The Ocean” is a lovely song about the loss of a relationship and showcases Zareczny’s sweet and shimmery vocals. “Who Knew” is the reflection of a past relationship ending which might even be about the loss of a parent relationship with vocals like “Why you let us go”. “Waiting” is about the possible ending of a relationship. and “Little Galah” speaks of leaving a negative relationship and being free.

All in all, if you love strong but sweet female vocals with solid percussion, lyrics and tempo, Lion’s Mouth is for you. If word gets out about these two, they could have a very promising career ahead of them and we will be keeping an eye on this up and coming duo. Their self titled debut album is available everywhere – Bandcamp, i-Tunes, Amazon. Below are “Run” and “That Would Imply I Cared”, but you can also stream the full album on Soundcloud. If you dig this band, share and tell a friend. Great music is worth sharing and the whole reason why we started this blog in the first place. - Wendy Redden


The moment you click play on the debut self titled album from Lion’s Mouth, you’ll be tricked into thinking you’re listening to a four piece band. How are you being tricked? Well, Lion’s Mouth is made up of the two determined and talented ladies, Chelsea Zareczny and Sara Wexler. While it may be easy to pigeon hole this duo into a category with the other popular duo, Tegan & Sara (they actually describe themselves as a Tegan & Sara meets Smashing Pumpkins), Lion’s Mouth brings their own unique sound to the table with the influence of other bands that have come before them.

The first track of this self titled album is “Waiting” and it may start off in a hushed tone with Zareczny’s whispered vocals, but before long, Lion’s Mouth shows off their rockin’ style with an upbeat tune. Wexler plays an infectious beat that suck the listeners in with heads bobbing along to the song.

On “Crucible,” it becomes apparent that Lion’s Mouth has a way of meshing the sounds of the guitar and drums together as one. The two instruments play off of each other in a way that takes over the entire song. “Crucible” is a strong song instrumentally that guides Zareczny’s emotionally charged vocals throughout the track.

“That Would Imply I Cared” is a quick paced song that showcases Lion’s Mouth experimenting with a beat that almost sounds tribal, which is quite refreshing. The lyrics of this track have a mixture of a storytelling and poetic technique of songwriting.

While the majority of this album has Lion’s Mouth promoting their headstrong indie-pop trademark with a mix of rock and emotional lyrics, the duo ends their debut album on an interesting note. The last track, “Coming Home,” is nothing but instrumentals. The ladies of Lion’s Mouth are so passionate about the actual music that they want to leave you understanding the importance of that passion. Lion’s Mouth is forcing you to feel the music and embrace it without any words. It’s quite a daring move on their part.

After two years of hard work and plunging into the music business full-time, Lion’s Mouth has created an album that is packed with heart, energy, and passion. These ladies possess the talent of a four piece band within two individuals, which is an amazing feet. Lion’s Mouth has made it clear that they are here to live their dream and make a living doing what they love the most – playing music. - Melissa Landrin


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