INTERVIEW: Lions Lions

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

(Joshua Herzer- Vocals) Thank you for having me! There’s a lot of cool stuff going on, so I’m very excited.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Between Us”?

“Between Us” felt like the perfect lead single for our new record “Monument”. It’s energetic and represents the direction we’re taking very well. It shows a refreshed and refocused Lions Lions, and it was important to remind people that we’re still kicking.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The song is about the current state of relationships and social media. Human interaction has become so cold and detached, “Likes” have replaced handshakes, and it’s sort of the ramblings of an old man, me.

How was the film experience?

Incredible! We did the video with a man named Jordan Ingram. This was by far the most professional and legitimate video we’ve ever made. Even during the shoot we were freaked out at how good he was able to make us look. Clearly a ton of CGI.

The single comes off your new album Monument – what’s the story behind the title?

Our band has gone through a myriad of member changes throughout the years. Since “The Path We Take” Brandon Davis (Guitar) and I have been the primary songwriters in the band. This album is the culmination of 7 years of playing music together, and is in our opinion the best material we’ve written. So “Monument” seemed like a fitting name, it’s a monument to everything we’ve been through, and something we’ll always be proud of.

How was the recording and writing process?

We began writing “Monument” during and after the recording of “Changing The Definition”. Brandon and I were living together at the time, so he would write music during the day, and I would write melodies and lyrics at night. We recorded drums and bass with our local friend Julian Mazzola, and recorded guitar and vocals at our home studio. It doesn’t get any more comfortable than recording at home, especially in the nude.

What role does Boston play on this album?

I think our main Boston influence is our DIY attitude. After working with a few labels in the past, it became clear that we should take things into our own hands. This is the second album we’ll be self releasing, we all dabble in design, videos are done with friends in the area. It’s cool not be reliant on anyone but yourself to make decisions.

Would you call this a departure from your previous project?

I would say it’s the next evolutionary step from “Changing The Definition”. We’ve always experimented and explored different ideas album to album. This record is no different, there should be something for everyone who’s dug our past releases.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

They say you should write what you know. So a lot of my lyrics come from my opinions, outlooks, and complaints about the world I live in. It’s easy to open up and sing what’s on my mind.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We have CD release shows in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts at the end of April, and we’re finally touring Europe! Dates TBA.

What else is happening next in Lions Lions’ world?

We’re kicking around a lot of ideas for future releases, so stay tuned! There’s definitely surprises in the pipeline.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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