The Lions (2)

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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.
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Albums

URLP 222 The Lions (2) - Jungle Struttin' album art The Lions (2) Jungle Struttin' (Album) Ubiquity URLP 222 US 2008 Sell This Version
STH2264 The Lions (2) - This Generation album art The Lions (2) This Generation (Album) Stones Throw Records STH2264 US 2013 Sell This Version
STH2342 The Lions (2) - This Generation In Dub album art The Lions (2) Meet Dub Club (2) The Lions (2) Meet Dub Club (2) - This Generation In Dub Stones Throw Records STH2342 US 2014 Sell This Version
STH2346 The Lions (2) - Soul Riot album art The Lions (2) Soul Riot (Album) Stones Throw Records STH2346 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

UR7 223 The Lions (2) - Jungle Struttin' / Ethio-Steppers album art The Lions (2) Jungle Struttin' / Ethio-Steppers(7", Ltd) Ubiquity UR7 223 US 2008 Sell This Version
01-7 The Lions (2) - This Generation / New Girl album art The Lions (2) This Generation / New Girl(7") Lions Bread Records 01-7 US 2010 Sell This Version
02-7 The Lions (2) - Roll It Round / Pieces Of A Man album art The Lions (2) Roll It Round / Pieces Of A Man(7") Lions Bread Records 02-7 US 2010 Sell This Version
STH2264 The Lions (2) - New Girl album art The Lions (2) New Girl(7", Single) Stones Throw Records STH2264 US 2013 Sell This Version
STH4039 The Lions (2) - This Generation / Bird On A Wire album art The Lions (2) This Generation / Bird On A Wire(7", Single) Stones Throw Records STH4039 US 2013 Sell This Version
NYCT-7063 The Lions (2) - The Loser album art The Lions (2) The Loser Names You Can Trust NYCT-7063 US 2020 Sell This Version
MUKAT 076 The Lions (2) - Think (About It) album art The Lions (2) Think (About It)(7", Ltd, Num) Mukatsuku Records MUKAT 076 UK 2021 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Podcast 86 The Lions (2) - Live From W.L.I.O.N. (Part 2) album art The Lions (2) Live From W.L.I.O.N. (Part 2)(File, MP3, Mixed, VBR) Stones Throw Records Podcast 86 US 2013
Podcast 77 The Lions (2) - Live From Wlion album art The Lions (2) Live From Wlion(File, MP3, Mixed, VBR) Stones Throw Records Podcast 77 US 2013

Miscellaneous

none The Lions (2) - A Sampler album art The Lions (2) A Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Stones Throw Records none US 2012 Sell This Version