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In Like Lions / Press

“If you're looking for the perfect seducing music for any special occasion coming up (forgotten birthdays, anniversaries, or god forbid Valentine's Day) the new In Like Lions album may be your ticket to redemption. A mixture of Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Brian McKnight at his suavest and a non-vomit inducing Dave Matthews, the album cover might as well say, "Welcome to the church of love and rock." Upon opening it, you are showered with rose petals. Forget the jewelry, nix the box of chocolates and make sure your singing voice is not too terrible to woo your heart out. Or better yet, hers. The album is epic all the way through, from soulful ballads that finish off with moving string pieces like in "Shallow Cars" to more sassy garage-tinged tunes like "Lies" and "Honey." It's fun, sweet without being saccharine and you're going to want to put it on repeat.”

“In Like Lions latest album, Through Red & Blue, harnesses...qualities to forge a truly impressive collection of pop songs. The record, ... is a unique combination of Top 40 pop sound, soul, and R&B, with a splash of rock n’ roll added for good measure. "Honey" is the stand-out track on Through Red & Blue, complete with up-tempo guitar riffs and a hook so catchy you’ll be singing the words long after the song is over. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Through Red & Blue. In Like Lions have found the formula for making great pop songs and seem poised to make a huge impact on the Boston (and New England) music scene with this latest release.”

“Fort Point Recordings' eclectic roster has its many bases covered, from the bluesy garage rock of Viva Viva to the underground hip-hop styling of Mister Jason to the skygazing soar of Endless Wave. But busy at the label's bar ordering drinks for the ladies while everyone else is distracted is In Like Lions, a radio-destined pop-rock band whose new Through Red and Blue — recorded over 84 hours back in February — is a romantic homage to the long-lost heyday of the FM dial.”

“In Like Lions performed well. Their front man, humbly dressed in a sweater, blue jeans, and Black Keys t-shirt with a layer of scruff over his brightly lit face looked like an Aaron Lewis...music doll and had a decent voice. Overall...they played with energy and creativity.”

"Dave Matthews crashes into Kings of Leon sprinkled with a little Amos Lee on top. Pop this album onto your playlist at your next dinner party or soiree. Heart-string tugging and smile-inducing lyrics are guaranteed to bring back rushing memories of good times with good people if given a listen years from now."

“In Like Lions has an edge that is well adapted to the smooth, ballad-like vocals of Troy Ramey. The first track, "At Night", hints on Kings of Leon and a ' 97 Collective Soul. Electric guitars create a raw, but surprisingly familiar feel. What interested me were the obvious signs of change and progress. Each song is quite different, well-defining the spectrum, which, in and of itself, could be steadily growing. The live piano sound meshes well with the synth strings, bass, guitars and a very spunky drum kit. the hits just chug along, keeping you moving, so what better word is there? "Don't Stay Home" is very much a feel-good song. The punchy bass guitar fills and tribal, "Graceland" sounding drums make me wish I were anywhere but home right now, i suppose appropriately so. "20's and Dreams" blurs all its own lines and boundaries, as the whole song swims in a figure-8 whirlpool of electric jello. It's all quite comforting.”

“...In like Lions are a radio-ready alt-rock quartet reflecting Crow(e)s both Black and Counting.”

“Ah, if we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times (to be fair, we do drink a lot in Brighton): A couple of guys express a shared interest in putting together an alt-blues rock band, get together to practice and then, an eighth and some Mario Kart later, they're just another group of never-beens. But every once in a camo can, a group like In Like Lions comes along. Not only have they stuck with it, but they're celebrating their second CD release with a show at Church. Way to rub it in, guys.”

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