Release Date: May 17, 2011
Record label: Adeline Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
A great introduction to a band destined for good things... Pop-punk is, for lack of a better phrase, fucking wonderful right now, and it’s mainly because of bands like Vancouver’s Living With Lions getting their heads down, touring their arses off and writing some damn fine tunes. Their second full-length, ‘Holy Shit’ is as invigorating as the title suggests, with ‘Maple Drive Is Still Alive’ providing enough circle-pit fodder to make the world spin backwards, ‘Pieces’ ticking the box marked ‘Would sound massive coming out of a festival PA’ and ‘Whatever You Want’ showing they can write effortless choruses when they want.
Living with Lions are an average melodic punk band. They sound like recent Bad Religion, like blink-182, like any one of a dozen other bands on Fat Wreck Chords or Epitaph. Their lyrical concerns are the same as many of those of their peers, mostly rage at girls who done them wrong and nostalgia for childhood, with little or no concern for the world beyond their navels.
Vancouver's Living With Lions burst onto the Lifetime-loving pop-punk scene in 2007 with Dude Manor, a brisk EP that functioned as an equally stirring homage to the band's run-down punk house and their Saves The Day CDs. The next year, Make Your Mark put a crisp production polish on the band's smart songwriting while bringing out their pop potential. They hit the road hard, but nothing new was released for three years.