Lions In The Street

LITS News



eminence.com

EP released, and full-length LP on the way!

New song "Moving Along" now streaming, from upcoming full-length release!

We’re just putting the finishing touches on our brand new record, recorded with Shawn Cole (You Say Party We Say Die, Bend Sinister), and it’s top shelf blue collar rock and roll.

You can still download our free, 5 song "Cat Got Your Tongue" EP on the music page!

Donation box added to Music page for all the generous souls!

Check out L.I.T.S. on Last FM

Listen to L.I.T.S. on Aquarium Drunkard Podcast 21
Aquarium Drunkard Podcast 21

Listen to L.I.T.S. on Adam Curry's Daily Source Code
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L.I.T.S. on the
CBC Radio 3 Podcast #61-Under the Influence

L.I.T.S. featured on The Tripwire Push Upstairs
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L.I.T.S. featured on The Tripwire Push Upstairs
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Reviews and Interviews

Big Takeover reviews 'Mixtape' EP?
bigtakeover.com

Once known as the Years and signed to the currently bankrupt TVT Records, LIONS IN THE STREET left behind an onerous deal and a debut LP thrust into limbo for artistic freedom and a new life as an independent rock & roll unit. The band put the excellent Cat Got Your Tongue EP out in 2006 on its own Hand to Mouth label; after a couple of years of roadwork and recording, the Vancouver quartet releases another aperitif as it readies the new version of its first album.

The Mixtape EP, available as a download from the quartet’s website, combines tunes recorded with producer DAVE COBB for the aborted TVT album with a demo and a preview of the upcoming full-length. “Shangri-La,” the latter, is a primo ass-kicker, the kind of tune the ROLLING STONES haven’t been able to knock out since Exile On Main Street. The other four songs, whether rocking (“Never Make a Fool Out of Me”), rolling (“Oh Carolina”) or romancing (“Still the Same”), are damn near as good, especially the brooding ballad “Ruthless.” Worth every megabyte, especially for fans of rock & roll in the style of the Stones and the FACES.Once known as the Years and signed to the currently bankrupt TVT Records, LIONS IN THE STREET left behind an onerous deal and a debut LP thrust into limbo for artistic freedom and a new life as an independent rock & roll unit. The band put the excellent Cat Got Your Tongue EP out in 2006 on its own Hand to Mouth label; after a couple of years of roadwork and recording, the Vancouver quartet releases another aperitif as it readies the new version of its first album.


Stingray of the Day: Lions In The Stre
et - Walking Back to You

"...but you called me back again,
          just in the nick of time."
herohill.com
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009


Walking Back to You
by Lions In The Street

irockcleveland.com
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


Lions In The Street

captainsdead.com

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Lions In The Street

ickmusic.com
Monday, February 16th, 2009


Mayer's Playlist for February 2009 Part 1
twangville.com
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Hot Young Singles Feb. 12

montrealgazette.com
-Bernard Perusse
Tuesday, February 12th, 2009


Lions in The Street New Free EP Download

Stuart's Blog, The Vancouver Province
-Stuart Derdeyn
Sunday, January 11th, 2009



Lions in The Street
Cat Got Your Tongue

exclaim.ca

Vancouver is known for its sticky icky, and this pack of retro rockers both look and sound as if they were raised eating the stuff for breakfast. But let’s not confuse these longhairs as total stoners, because their EP titled Cat Got Your Tongue is anything but a drug-fuelled mess — they can most certainly down a bottle of JD when they need to as well. This free five-track download (including artwork to boot) reveals a band remarkably in touch with their parents’ record collection; from the cheese cutters and tight-ass denim on the CD cover to the rotation of slow groove ballads and blistering humdingers they pump out genuinely, they exude the glory of ’70s rock’n’roll. According to their blog they even have a great history: done wrong by a major label down in L.A. and pursued by production heavyweights like Bob Ezrin and Todd Rundgren — two dudes that could turn LITS into proverbial rock stars. A smattering of Exile On Main Street rings throughout frolicking boogies like “Mine Ain’t Yours,” and their ability to pen a decent ballad (check “Lady Blue” and “Feels Like A Long Time”) should be enough to make the much inferior Jet pack it in.

--exclaim.ca

Guitar Player
Editor Boy's Big Eight
Lions in the Street

It's no secret that many current bands claiming to evoke '70s rock are usually far too studied to nail the messy glee of the originators. The Lions, however, absolutely explode with a Stones/Small Faces onslaught that drips with jubilant passion, as well as very loud guitars played with giddy abandon.


--Michael Molenda
April 2007

Lions In The Street

 Austin360.com

"The first great band I saw at SXSW this year."

--Michael Corcoran
Thursday, March 15th, 2007


Lions In The Street SXSW Interview

Buzzgrinder
Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Austinist Interviews SXSW: Lions In The Street
Austinist
Monday, February 12th, 2007

Lions In The Street Bring Back Early '70s Rock
Chart Attack
Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Listen to the Lions' Roar
The Vancouver Province Newspaper
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Exoduster.com
January Music Reviews: Lions in The Street
Cat Got Your Tongue EP

Self-released
Grade: A-/B+

For some reason or another it took me a long time to finally get Lions in the Street’s EP into the stereo. The problem was, though, is once it got in there I couldn’t take it out, because it felt like you just came across an amazing lost 70s rock album – one that produces chills. Getting screwed by a major label may have been the exact prodding for these Canadians to write and self-recorded the brilliant five songs on Cat Got Your Tongue. In a double-extra fuck you to the music world, you can get this EP off LITS site for free. And when you hear the Stones-meets-Allmans “Mine Ain’t Yours” your pants just fly off your body, you know that you’ve heard the truth. “Already Gone” kicks off the scratchy recorded EP with fast riffs and bluesy attitude – where the partially sub quality recording matches the flavor of LITS nearly perfectly. The slow paced “Lady Blue” and “Feels Like a Long Time” bends the band’s softer side, while “You’re Gonna Lose” closes down the EP with dirty, distorted rock riffs. Cat Got Your Tongue brings you back to some magical days of yore where life consisted of sunshine, laughs, and relaxing on the beach.

--Exoduster.com


The Big Takeover

Lions in the Street
Cat Got Your Tongue (Lions in the Street)

This Vancouver four's bio includes several reviews comparing them to the Rolling Stones, and yes sirree, there's plenty of Exile on Main Street, Goat's Head Soup, and It's Only Rock and Roll sons-of-Chuck-Berry riffage going on. There're even similar harmonies and aching "Moonlight Mile" or "Angie" -like balladry in "Feels Like a Long Time" and "Lady Blue". But the thing is, this basement eight-track recording is the punky edge the Stones stopped rollin' after Some Girls. And there's a solid R&B base that takein a little Dave Edmunds, Eddie & The Hotrods, Ducks Deluxe, and Berry himself, especially on the saucy opener, "Already Gone." (And there's a little Faces in the blues of "You're Gonna Lose.") If you can't be new, be great at the time-tested old.

--Jack Rabid
Issue No.59


I Rock Cleveland's Year End Extravaganza Bonanza Part 2: The Top 40 Singles

I Rock Cleveland
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Lions in the Street - Cat Got Your Tongue
High Bias
Friday, November 24th, 2006

We Need Not A Glockenspiel: A Few Words with Ladyhawk’s Sean Hawryluk
Culture Bully
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

11-02, CMJ Week Day 4
Fiddle While You Burn
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

New Vid For "Mine Ain't Yours" by Lions In The Street
I Rock Cleveland
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Head of the Class: Best of Vancouver - Lions in the Street
The Georgia Straight
Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Seattle-Powerpop
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Song of the Weekend (8/19)

Seattle-Powerpop
Monday, August 21st, 2006

Give 'Em Enough Rope Hot Johnny
Hot Johnny and All of His Pants
Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Lions In The Street: Camaro-Rock
An Aquarium Drunkard
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Keep It Fresh Ep. 2
Keep It Fresh
Monday, July 31st, 2006

Monday Music Roundup
I Am Fuel, You Are Friends
Monday, July 24th, 2006

Ventura Highway
gorilla vs. bear
Saturday, July 22th, 2006

MUSIC: Lions in the Street
Macktronic
Friday, July 21st, 2006

I Rock Cleveland Exclusive: Lions In The Street Are On The Free Way To Success
I Rock Cleveland
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

feels like a long time
From Blown Speakers: A Blog About Music
Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Lions In The Street
Party Ends!
Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Lions In The Street
Here Comes The Flood: A Weblog About Music
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Lions In The Street
Blog Soup
Monday, July 10th, 2006

Vancouver Buzz: Lions in the Street
Chart Attack
Friday, July 7th, 2006

Lions in the Street Interview
Powpowpow.com
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Lions In The Street
FreeIndie.Com
Friday, June 30th, 2006

came in brave: this year in music... so far
Albums*

From Blown Speakers: A Blog About Music
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

20 Questions: Lions in the Street
Rodeo Fans Only Blog:
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The Georgia Straight
Recordings Recordings Archives
Lions in the Street
Cat Got Your Tongue (Independent)

The hipper-than-thou worms at Magnet certainly nailed Lions in the Street when they described the band as “What the Stones were, what the Dandy Warhols should’ve been”. The five-song Cat Got Your Tongue sounds like lost tracks from the sessions for Some Girls, a record that—quite arguably—stands as the Glimmer Twins’ finest moment. All street-fighting guitars and sucking-in-the-’70s vocals, the only knock on the EP is that Lions in the Street sound more like vintage Jagger and Richards than they do a band playing original material. In other words, they do the Rolling Stones better in 2006 than the Rolling Stones themselves. Still, the final track on Cat Got Your Tongue—a thundering acid-blooze explosion titled “You’re Gonna Lose”—suggests that Lions in the Street are already on their way to finding a sound that’s truly their own. When they do, these guys may well be unstoppable.

--Mike Usinger
Thursday, June 15th, 2006


The Nerve Magazine

These guys are recovering from one of those life-changing , major label near misses, apparently. Whatever happened out there, the songwriting has sure gotten leaner since the last time I heard 'em, when they were called the Years. And boy do they ever look like they sound. The time warp is so strong on Lions in the Street that it almost feels naughty to enjoy it so much, but if Faces/Stones is your bag, they're doing it waaaaay better than most. Good for both pub and convertible, like a British rock band trying to sound like mellow Americans in 1973. That's still considered fun in some people's homes, and certainly in mine. Grab it all for free from their website, you lucky people.

-- Adrian Mack

I Rock Cleveland
Lions In The Street
Monday, June 5th, 2006

powpowpow.com
It's Canadian Rock 'n' Roll for Me

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Review of L.I.T.S. EP Release Party
already gone
From Blown Speakers: A Blog About Music
Friday, May 21st, 2006

Unsigned and Unafraid: Lions in the Street
Rodeo Fans Only Blog: Friday, May 19th, 2006

Classic rock, here we come!
i (heart) music: canadian music news, views and reviews
Friday, May 19th, 2006
or
little radio blogzine: Friday, May 19th, 2006

you won't go home alone tonight
From Blown Speakers: A Blog About Music
Friday, May 19th, 2006

The Province Newspaper
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

....this Van quartet looks like it sounds; shaggy, classic and full-on rockin'. Sure, these longhairs wear their influences--Faces, Stones, etc.--on their sleeves, but they also know how to write.

--Stuart Derdeyn


Sunday Styles: Rolling at the Lamplighter
The Vancouverite Review of L.I.T.S. April 1st Show

L.I.T.S.
Tortonabeat Webmazine Interview

keeping with the streak of gig-related posts...
VanMega Blog: Friday, March 31, 2006

Sunday Styles: Lions In The Street
The Vancouverite: Sunday, March 26, 2006

Lions In The Street
Tone Deaf Rambler Blog:
Monday, March 13, 2006

EP Details

OK, here's the background on the EP.Several of the EP tracks are songs that would have been part of our debut LP for TVT Records.   After a crazy producer search (flying to Connecticut to meet with Bo...

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Big Takeover reviews our 'Mixtape' EP

http://www.bigtakeover.com/reviews/lions-in-the-street-mixtape-ep-hand-to-mouthOnce known as the Years and signed to the currently bankrupt TVT Records, LIONS IN THE STREETleft behind an onerous deal ...

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SXSW/EP

Hey, we're off to SXSW again this year.  And in advance of the festival---and in advance of our LP---we've released our 'Mixtape' EP, available by free download from our website.  Lots of mixed bits a...

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New EP this week, by donation

We're releasing another free by donation EP from our website this week.  The songs are now up streaming on our myspace!   Check 'em out!  A few older tracks we did in LA with Dave Cobb for TVT, a new ...

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Recording photos/details

Here's how we made the record: 2 days of tracking, 4 guys who can play in a righteous-sounding live room with a Neve, killer mics, and crazy preamps/compressors (Mushroom), one serious enginee...

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New Album!

Our new track 'Moving Along' is now streaming on our myspace and website, so turn an ear towards it.We're just putting the finishing touches on our brand new record, recorded with our favourite New B...

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