Lionize: New EP and UK Tour
US rockers Lionize have announced the release of a new EP, The Voyage, on 13 May and are back in the UK for a headline tour this month. Both of these bits of news make decibelROGUE very happy indeed.
I first came across Lionize when they supported Clutch in Glasgow a couple of years ago. And as introductions go, they made a brilliant first impression. So much so that when I got home from the show later that night, my gig photographs hadn’t even finished downloading before I had already visited iTunes to buy their (then) recently released album, Jetpack Sountrack and had it blasting out the stereo. It’s been a constant fixture on my iPod ever since.
And now, a couple of years later, Lionize are celebrating their 10th anniversary by releasing a series of EP’s which themselves will lead up to the release of their next full-length album. The Voyage sees Lionize draw on influences as varied as Bad Brains, Deep Purple, Parliament and Funkadelic, and sees the band chart new musical territory. From the infectious melodies of the opener ‘Anacostia’, to the huge tectonic riffs of ‘Take It To The Road’ and the classic groove-oriented ‘Cold Nelson’, this record has a soundscape that Lionize promise will leave fans chomping at the bit for the next instalment.
These guys are absolutely tremendous live, so check out the tour dates below and see if they’re heading your way. I’ve also included dates when Lionize are supporting Less Than Jake. So you’ve even more opportunities to catch them live! You’re welcome.
Mon 25 April Sheffield, Corporation *
Tue 26 April Glasgow, Audio *
Thu 28 April Birmingham, Rainbow *
Fri 29 April London, Desert Fest @ Underworld
Sat 30 April Plymouth, Plymouth University *
Sun 1 May Wrexham, Rewind *
Mon 2 May Kingston, The Hippodrome ++
Tue 3 May Liverpool, O2 Academy ++
Wed 4 May Leicester, Academy ++
Thu 5 May Bristol, Thekla *
Mon 9 May Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms *
Tue 10 May Leeds, Milo bar *
Wed 11 May Nottingham, Rock City Basement *
Thu 12 May Basingtoke, The Sanctuary *
Fri 13 May Dublin, Sin É *
Sat 14 May Limerick, The Kasbah
++ supporting Less Than Jake