Staying in good physical shape is a constant struggle on tour. The hours are late, it is difficult to tell where you are at times, and eating fast food does not add up to a healthy lifestyle. But it is all in a days work for Rob Watson (vocals), Jay Scott (drums), Nick (guitar), Brandon (bass), and Cam (guitar) as they bring the hardcore to venues across the world. Following the success of Welcome to the West Coast with the new release, Love Don’t Live Here, Lionheart continues their legacy of hard driving, high energy music for the masses.
They are big. Lionheart has a strong social media presence, boasting close to 100K likes on FaceBook and over 8,000 Twitter followers. It was fun for them to see the demographics on social media and how many fans Lionheart has in other countries. But the dynamic has changed. Watson says, “There are a lot of bands that do really, really well that aren’t as big on FaceBook as we are, but they may draw more kids (to a show).” Social media has a place in the music industry, but it is not always the best measure of a band’s worth or popularity anymore.
Get it done. The songwriting process for Lionheart is as chill as the musicians themselves. The trick is to get 99.99% of the work done before entering the recording studio. Love Don’t Live Here is the first album that is self-produced by the artists. Instead of feeling more pressure in being the musicians and the producers, Lionheart found the same organized approach worked best for both areas. The album had a short turnaround because most of it was already done before they started to record. Being a totally DIY band helped Lionheart to learn the music business from the ground up, and has allowed Watson a seamless transition to CEO of his own record label. Watson said, “Honestly, it really wasn’t that different than when we did Welcome to the West Coast. I mean it’s a lot of work but not anything impossible.” Lionheart has found the best of both worlds. Each member has a career outside the band, but dedicates the same strong work ethic and passion to Lionheart.
Talk to the hand. The new release by Lionheart, Love Don’t Live Here is extremely personal to Watson, who disclosed that many of the lyrics were written long ago. But not all is dark and emotional on the album, nestled within is a delightful song that reflects how I felt this morning when I saw the professor’s comments on a research paper I slaved over for weeks. In the song “Keep Talkin’” words say, “Keep talkin’/We all laugh when you run your mouth/When I come around you have your fucking hand out” in response to how everyone feels when the demands of others are overwhelming.
Turn it up. The current tour has been a source of inspiration for Lionheart, with sold out shows and a chance to play with their friends at the CD Release Party for Love Don’t Live Here in their home state of California. But it is the fan response to their music that touches Lionheart the most. Jay added, “People who feel strongly about the music or are super emotional, I mean, I play drums and people come up to me too and talk to me about lyrics. It’s obviously not even me (singing), but people can still make a connection with everyone in the band. That’s pretty cool.” At the live performance in Cleveland, the musicians met a fan who had ‘Lionheart’ tattooed on his face. Personally, I cannot stop myself from turning the volume up when Lionheart comes up on my playlist. Next up is a month long tour in Europe, more U.S. dates, and a return to Europe for the festivals.