I, The Lion – Run review

i, the lionWords: Kelly Ronaldson

Since conception in 2011, Cheltenham’s post-punk trio, I, The Lion, have become renowned for their exuberant live performance and huge sound – having toured with some amazing talent, including Gallows and Deathrays, the band have spent the last three years solidifying themselves at the forefront of the British post-punk scene. Now, the band is getting ready for the release of their brand new record, Run, due for release in February 2015. Recorded with Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar) at Stakeout Studios in London, four-track EP is impressive, and guarantees I, The Lion a great start to 2015.

The EP kicks off with the band’s recently released first single Hold Strong. Debuted at 2000 Trees Festival and handing out the single for free, all copies were gone in under 30 seconds – surely that’s a good enough reason to check it out? The song takes the form of an upbeat, anthemic rock track, reminiscent of The Dangerous Summer’s Golden Record album. The EP title, Run, draws on the common theme running throughout the lyrics, of trying to get away and create something new and real, and track two, Icarus is no exception, with lyrics belting ‘but we had to escape from this treacherous place’ and At The Drive In-like riffs.

The fourth track, Man Made of Mice has more of a pop punk feel to it than the other tracks, with vocals from bassist Chris that could easily be mistaken for that of Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus. Finally, the EP ends with Bonny Island. Sure the get the crowds fired up at live shows, this one sounds more like a cover of a melodic Killswitch song by Arcane Roots’ Andrew Groves. The EP is released next month, and melodic punk fans all over the UK would probably do right in buying it.

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