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Ugly Lion is a dynamic four piece outfit from Dallas, Texas redefining progressive roots reggae with the provocative aggression typically associated with virtuoso rock and metal acts.
Since the group’s formation in 2009, Ugly Lion takes up the mantle of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley’s incendiary lyrical tradition openly questioning the establishment’s status quo and boldly challenging their audience to embrace the unequivocal need for global harmony.
This unapologetic approach has been rewarded with opportunities to share the stage with definitive artists such as The Original Wailers, SOJA, Collie Buddz. Cas Haley, The Melodians, The Mighty Diamonds, Tribal Seeds and The Movement. The Lions have also been privileged to share their message at prestigious U.S. festivals including Wakarusa, The Bricktown Reggae Festival, Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival and Bass Invasion at SXSW.
Reggae For The Concrete Struggle
With roots in ancient oppression, constructions of rebellion, musical ebb and flow, and a pounding rhythm; Ugly Lion invites you to bear witness to the power, persuasion and passion of a message capable of shattering mental and musical obstacles. Evil’s On The Rise contains a myriad of hip-hop and hard rock influenced reggae, as Brandon finds a lyrical style that matches the intent.
Their message is as old as time… to stand our ground against the forces that try to drive us further away from “live and let live,” combating the evil that is taught through choosing hate rather than acceptance and love. These songs are a call to action, to come together through music, and to live for peace. These songs are a vision of what we are facing today, and of what tomorrow should be.