Living With Lions
Holy Shit


4.0
excellent

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
June 8th, 2011 | 30 replies | 9,314 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop-Punk with facial hair.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Living With Lions are a Canadian pop-punk band hailing from Vancouver, BC. They have maintained a slow but steady incline in popularity since the release of their first EP “Dude Manor” back in 2007. The band released their first full length just a year later entitled “Make Your Mark” and although it never received much widespread attention, the critical praise and small yet devoted fan base was there. The group went on to be shaken up in the form of several line up changes preceding the two releases, Shayne Lundberg was replaced by Bill Crook of ‘A Textbook Tragedy’ on bass, and Matt Postal was replaced by Stuart Ross of ‘Misery Signals’ on vocals. Possibly due to these changes, the bands sophomore release took three years to hit shelves. Nevertheless “Holy ***” is here and showing few signs of any sophomore slump that might have occurred.

A change in vocalists is always hit or miss in the music world, a lot of time the singer is the one who defines a band’s sound and once they leave, the sound leaves with them but when “Honesty, Honestly” (the albums first single) dropped, fans breathed a sigh of relief knowing that Stu would fit the mould perfectly. Stu’s delivery in no way mimics the old vocals but instead brings something new to the table without changing too drastically.

“Pieces” kicks off the album with a nostalgic and hopeful guitar section. From there, the song punches through melodic guitar sections and heartfelt vocal delivery, a perfect introduction of the bands new vocalist to the music world. “Regret Song” chronicles a past relationship that we have probably all experienced at some point in our lives.
Quote:
I built you up so high your head was in the clouds, too bad you didn’t look down
“Maple Drive Is Still Alive” gives us a mid-tempo jam that changes things up a little bit. The ballad like guitar chords and lyrics would make a good graduation song if it weren’t for the ever present, frantic drumming. This is in no way a bad thing as it helps the song stand out on it’s own instead of another pop-punk ballad. The song concludes with one of the best gang vocal choruses I have ever heard, pretty much guaranteeing the listeners hair to stand on end. “Matthew’s Anthem” is held together by strong backbeats and flourishes instrumentally, leading us with powerful vocal lines into a melody-laden chorus. Despite the immature album title, “Holy ***” is probably the bands most balanced and mature release yet. The album is not without it’s flaws, the vocals get dull and un-inspired in certain places and the drumming get’s slightly repetitive, however there is still enough energy remaining to keep the listener interested until the very end.

With their sophomore release, Living With Lions are by no means reinvented the genre nor do they claim to be. The band is making heartfelt and emotional tunes that are fun to listen to despite the fact that it may get a little repetitive at times.



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Spec
June 8th 2011



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't wrote anything in a long time. Advice would be nice.

someguest
June 8th 2011



18878 Comments


I laughed at the album cover.

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North0House2
June 8th 2011



5599 Comments


I laughed at the album cover. [2]

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Blackbelt54
June 8th 2011



4266 Comments


Haven't listened to this band, but I did hear about the controversy surrounding this album cover

Spec
June 10th 2011



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Regret Song is really fucking good.

henryChinaski
June 26th 2011



2457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just ordered this. Great album. Artworks rules.

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pmmets07
July 4th 2011



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just checked this out today. rules.

Uranium
August 11th 2011



6633 Comments


i'm not a fan of pop punk but god damn i love this cover

Spec
January 17th 2012



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maple Drive Is Still Alive

Fantastic song. All sad and hopeful at the same time.

Spec
February 21st 2012



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THE PIECES NEVER FIT THE SAME AGAIN

MarkTheDead
March 14th 2012



595 Comments


The weakest song on this album is Matthew's Anthem, and that is still fookin' amazing. Album art makes me happy. :3

MarkTheDead
March 15th 2012



595 Comments


I agree completely, if I could give it an exact number it'd be a 4.7 to 4.8
I love it so damn much, fun as hell to walk to. :D

Spec
March 15th 2012



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's really good.

pmmets07
May 19th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there are some seriously awesome songs on here. pieces, regret song, and maple dr. is still alive... so good. too bad there are some forgettable tracks/moments elsewhere.

LifeAsAChipmunk
May 19th 2012



4854 Comments


"Pop-Punk with facial hair."
Neg'd.

Is this actually any good?

MMX
May 19th 2012



4646 Comments


Gonna check this out purely because of the album title

LifeAsAChipmunk
May 19th 2012



4854 Comments


I dunno Andcas, but yeah, that album cover is m/

MMX
May 20th 2012



4646 Comments


Oh shit really? I need to get this then

Fluttertrank
May 20th 2012



16963 Comments


MISERY SIGNALS!? HOLY SHIT I NEED THIS!

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LifeAsAChipmunk
May 20th 2012



4854 Comments


I suppose I'll listen to this tomorrow.



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