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Bury Me A Lion found each other on Craigslist, yet the foursome never expected the chemistry they would end up with. Though each member has unique musical influences, the band formed with the same goal in mind: fuse their eclectic musical tastes to create an authentic spin on Rock ‘N’ Roll that has universal appeal. To date, Bury Me A Lion has released a self-titled EP in 2009 and released their debut LP, Year of the Lion, in April 2012.
Singer Jarett Gilbert sets the tone of the band with his brash and powerful vocals. Gilbert grew up in a military family and constantly moved around as a kid, shuffling across countries all over the world. As a result, his travels led him to have diverse influences in music, lyric writing, and performance style. Gilbert’s global roots draw from artists such as The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Abdel Halim Hafez, Hank Williams, and more. When speaking about his style Gilbert stated, ”Jim Morrison of The Doors got me thinking about the way I sing, the way I write and the way I perform. Jim’s style, for me, was a honest and intense interpretation of emotion, where lyrics, voice and performance are indistinguishable from each other.” Emotion is the driving force in Gilbert’s live performances, which is evident on stage as he pours his heart and soul into each song. As the lyricist of the band, Gilbert describes his songwriting process as “melodically emoting” and cites the author Cormac McCarthy as the inspiration for many of his compositions.
Guitarist Sam Einhorn, who orchestrated that Craigslist search back in 2008, has played an instrumental role in shaping the band to where they are today. Einhorn’s fast-hitting cords run throughout Bury Me A Lion’s songs, adding a robust and fierce but well-tamed energy. His range of influences varies from John Coltrane to John Fruscainte, Led Zeppelin to Grizzly Bear. Einhorn and Gilbert share a special bond — as the primary songwriters of the group, Einhorn’s music compositions have always melded flawlessly with Jarett’s melodies and lyrics. “From the first time I heard Rock ‘N Roll, driving with my father at age 6, I knew music would be the obsession that consumed my life. Since that moment, I’ve been addicted to a multitude of different styles and genres. My music education helped broaden that outlook, and I know this diversity has helped me find an unique and original writing style.”
Bassist Yuri Soussov balances Einhorn’s riffs with his laid-back style, inspired by 311, The Wailers, The Weather Report, and Victor Wooten. Soussov is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing the piano at the age of three. Prior to Bury Me A Lion, Soussov played in a variety of reggae bands in the Washington D.C. area, including Lucky Dub. Drummer Mike Ostuni is the backbone of the sound, and provides the perfect accompaniment to accentuate the rest of the group. Mike cut his teeth in the Connecticut based band Static Kill before moving behind the kit of Bury Me A Lion.
Bury Me a Lion has performed on stages across the east coast, including the CBGB Festival in Times Square. Recently they shared the stage of the Catalpa NYC Festival with Snoop Dogg, The Black Keys, and TV on the Radio.