Play Rock N Roll

by The Lions Rampant

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The Lions Rampant's second release Play Rock N Roll (2008) has been re-released worldwide on Deep Elm. Their latest album (and third release) titled "It's Fun To Do Bad Things" and can also be found on Deep Elm.

The Lions Rampant aren't just another garage rock band. You see, these young lions do more than just play sloppy chords and mumble-howl at the microphone. In fact, at their best - '70-30' being a fine example - The Lions Rampant transcend gritty garage clichés through sheer tunefulness. In other words, rather than singing in a sleazy monotone, The Lions Rampant rely on excited vocal melodies (and fun vocal interplay) to breathe life into their soulful arrangements. The end result is fun, vibrant and totally worth repeat listens with fantastic vocals. Play Rock N Roll is a minor force of nature. (DER-496)

"If shotgun blasts could have rhythm then you could possibly duplicate what The Lions Rampant sound like ­ stripped down jangly guitar riffs, howling soul drenched vocals and cavernous drum beats. It's in your face, rowdy and danceable rock and roll. Think The Smithereens blended coarsely with The Mooney Suzuki. Hailing from Kentucky The Lions Rampant delivers raw, unpolished garage band fervor that owes as much to sixties soul as seventies gutter rock. In just under 18 minutes Play Rock n Roll does more for the genre than most mainstream bands have done in the last eight years. '70-30' pushes and pulls, opening the album with wildness and playful energy then easily leads into 'Let Us In (come on)' whose chorus harmonies delightfully soar over sharp guitar strumming. It works like a sixties surf film number done with punkier vibe. 'Cryin All The Time' is the band's most inventive song - noodling guitar notes switching off with guitar jabs and climbing/descending riffs, like The Isley Brothers gone raw. But it's the song's coda that sizzles, dialing down to a bluesy stretch of drum beats and simmering guitar playing. Stuart MacKenzie is a rock and roll singer who may be criminally overlooked. He can sing soulfully and painfully while keeping it fun. He tackles songs with a ferocity that seems like he just pulled an 18 hour shift before coming in to record. And the addition of Amy Jo on 'Need A Man?' is outstanding. The energy captured on Play Rock n Roll is undeniable, the culmination of music firepower workingman ethos." - Bootleg

"Play Rock N Roll couldn't be better titled. The Lions Rampant sound is rock n roll at its most raw and impulsive. If you need a genre, this one fits in the garage rock bin, but the songs are crisply melodic and wildly soulful. The players dig deep into the dirty, blues-on-fire groove that inhabits each of the songs, which are tightly knitted, belying garage rock's rep for being messy. The Lions write, essentially, pop songs and drench them in their swampy, moldy aura." - City Beat

"The Midwest has earned its reputation for producing solid bluesy garage rock and Kentucky's The Lions Rampant put a big exclamation mark behind that statement with Play Rock N Roll. The key component about The Lions Rampant is that the the energy they launch in their power chords get immediate attention and sends the listener into a garage rock bliss. Lead singer Stuart MacKenzie's soaring vocals lets loose on every track and he never disappoints." - The Fire Note

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released August 4, 2007

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Track Name: 70 - 30
said i find it hard. to get through to you. i've been tired of thinking what a man in my position supposed to do. i don't got time to waste on you. you used to think i did baby. but that was time that i made for you. you gotta get what you want. i gotta get what you need. you gotta get what you want. sometimes, you're in love. but sometimes. sometimes, you gotta get you need. said i fight it hard. these feelings for you. the only sign of my thinking is the drinking i've been doing about you. all this real life. is killing me. oh come on. come on, be my fantasy. you gotta get what you want. i gotta get what you need. you gotta get what you want. sometimes you're in love. but sometimes. sometimes you gotta get you need
Track Name: Let Us In! (Come On)
oh come on (yeah). oh come on (yeah). let us in (yeah). oh come on. have you seen little suzy. with her bright blonde hair. she's been with a lot of boys. but, baby, she's no worse for the wear. oh come on (yeah). oh come on (yeah). let us in (yeah). oh come on. there goes cocaine johnny. with the ring on his nose. he's the one with all the drugs. so everybody goes where he goes. oh come on (yeah). oh come (yeah). let us in (yeah). oh come on. uh uh. you know i gotta. uh uh. you know i wanna. uh uh. you know i wanna. ooooh. you got bright blonde hair and i like your style, give it to me once, give me a smile, give it to me, give it to me. oh come on (yeah). oh come (yeah). let us in (yeah). oh come on
Track Name: Cryin' All The Time
this is my heart, babe. and this is my mouth. and you can't control. what comes out. people sayin' (no she loves you). i don't care (no she loves you. people say (hey no she loves you). to you your heart. you will be true. to you heart. you will be true. is she crying all the time. this is my heart babe. and these are my lungs. and every breath can feel. the wrongs you done. people sayin' (no she loves you). i don't care (no she loves you). people say (hey no she loves you). to you your heart. you will be true. to you hear. you will be true. is she crying all the time. i want you in my head. i need you in my head. i don't want you or need you (in my head). alright, alright. we've all got demons. in our lives. its just that some of them. are harder to hide. people sayin' (no she loves you). i don't care (no she loves you. people say (hey no she loves you). to you your heart. you will be true. to you heart. you will be true. is she crying all the time. i want you. in my head. i need you. in my head. i don't want you or need you (in my head). alright, alright
Track Name: Skin 'n Bones
you're skin and bones my dear. the words are on the ceiling. i think that you are bleeding. you don't like the way i live my life. you think it's the wrong way. since the day, the day, the day, the day, you were born. i'm wrapped in indecision. this ain't a quick incision. you're skin and bones my dear. you don't like the way i live my life. you think it's the wrong way. since the day, the day, the day, the day, you were born
Track Name: Shot Gun Shells
shotgun shells and some baggage and a habit. that's you. life is hard, but you can live it harder, if you chose. you can believe. what you what to believe. i'm living my life. like a deadly disease. i do what i want, baby. you can do what you please. i can't go nowhere. if i'm down on my knees. i won't beg. go for it, leave it. say you don't need it. tell me to stay. i'm not your master. won't tell you go to faster. give it away. you can believe what you what to believe. i'm living my life like a deadly disease. i do what i want, baby you can do what you please. i can't go nowhere if i'm down on my knees. i won't beg
Track Name: Need A Man?
i've heard rumors, about yourself. that you need another trophy for you shelf. i've heard whispers. behind my back. tell me are they based on fact. tell it to me sugar, tell me if can. do you really need a man. you better make up, make up your mind. before you came along, i was doing just fine. you've been sniping me from afar. caught like lighting bugs, in a jar. tell me, tell me, if you can. do you really need man. i'm telling you. i'm telling you. oh if you can, i need a man. i need a man. oh if you can, got to get me a man. tell me, tell me, if you can. do you really need man. tell me, tell me, if you can. do you really need man. tell me, tell me. tell me, tell me. do you really need man