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The Lions


Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music. "All the guys in The Lions grew up on classic Jamaican records so since we began we have wanted to give our records that same edge and roughness that we grew up hearing on LPs by The Upsetters, The Soul Syndicate, The Rockers Band (Rockers All Stars) and Roots Radics. The rhythm section was all recorded to tape, the Hammond buzzed a little, fuses blew and good mistakes were left in. We basically made the dusty reggae soul LP WE have been wanting to hear for years." – Dan Ubick (producer) The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Desert, form half of the vocal team, and the latter also has a successful career on screen, including roles in the films Swingers and High Fidelity. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame) and co-runner of the i&i Sound System, a customized ice cream van bringing bass to the streets of the West Coast and featured on the cover of both Saul Williams’ self-titled album and an issue of XLR8R Magazine. Other members include guitarist Dan Ubick, formerly of Breakestra, Macy Gray co-writer and collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, plus musicians who have played with the likes of De La Soul, Barrington Levy, Beck, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane and Black Eyed Peas.

Popular Tracks   
Girl from the North Country on Sons of Anarchy: North Country by Various Artists
Thin Man Skank on Jungle Struttin by The Lions
Think (About It) on Jungle Struttin by The Lions
The Magnificent Dance on Soul Riot by The Lions
Magnificent Dance on The Clash Goes Jamaican by Various Artists
Let's Go Out Tonight on This Generation by The Lions
Cumbia Del Leon on Jungle Struttin by The Lions
Jungle Struttin' on Jungle Struttin by The Lions
New Girl on This Generation by The Lions
Roll It 'Round on This Generation by The Lions

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Soul RiotThe Lions2015Album
This Generation In DubThe Lions Meet Dub Club2014Album
New girlThe Lions2013Single
Live From WlionThe Lions2013Album
Live From W.L.I.O.N. (Part 2)The Lions2013Album
This generation / bird on a wireThe Lions2013Single
This GenerationThe Lions2013Album
A SamplerThe Lions2012Album
This Generation / New GirlThe Lions2010Single
Roll It Round / Pieces Of A ManThe Lions2010Single
Jungle Struttin'The Lions2008Album
Jungle Struttin' / Ethio-SteppersThe Lions2008Single
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