"songs that could kick up a fire in an ocean"
BEN BARRY, ADVENTURES INTO NOISE
With veiled beginnings 4 years ago as an abstract art project, November 2017 saw Lions of Dissent suddenly explode into a technicolour reality – playing back to back sell out shows in both Wolverhampton and Birmingham, selling 400 tickets in the process and releasing their spaced-out debut EP ‘What Would it Feel Like to be Free’.
The debut EP was proceeded in the summer of 2018 with 7” single ‘Honey from Hell’, described by Clash Magazine as “A full-on multi-dimensional sonic experience”. To support the release of the vinyl came a support with US psych queens L.A. Witch and a headline slot at legendary Birmingham all-dayer ‘Hott Date’. The group then, at what seemed to be the high point of its powers, disappeared completely into its own mysterious void.
The last 12 months has seen Lions of Dissent withdraw, dismantle and reassemble with a new line-up, while writing and self-producing their 2nd 5-track EP, the thunderous ‘Fear of Loathing’. An EP overwhelmed with relentless defiance and an ambition to pick-up and exceed where they left off in summer 2018.
They have picked up plaudits from the likes of Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins, Bella Union Records), Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), who used an image of the group in a BJM video, Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6), Lee Scratch Perry and Simone Marie Butler (Primal Scream).
Along with sell out gigs, well over 15,000 plays on YouTube, worldwide press and radio coverage, including plays on BBC 6 Music and heavy rotation in both mainland Europe and South America, Lions of Dissent are a group with a proven pedigree and potential that most can only dream of.
"this is great - love your style"
ANTON NEWCOMBE, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
"far out celestial vibes"
LEE SCRATCH PERRY, THE UPSETTER