Hailing from Houston, Texas, rock group Life As Lions‘ short five-song EP is full of smooth verses and memorable choruses. Still Breathing is a fairly standard alternative rock fare with strong, albeit predictable chord progressions, relatable lyrics, and uptempo beats. Guitar and vocal-driven songs dominate the record and push the music along well. The tracks are fairly catchy and sound like summer cruising music but don’t tread any new ground. Though this is a solid collection of songs it may have had a more interesting impact 10 years ago when similar bands such as Anberlin were emerging.
Still Breathing has some variety within the songs but usually stays within a comfortable range of tone. The opener “Tip the Scale” introduces the band on a high note with lyrics like “I was as scared as I was when I was 12-years-old…” and a fun bounce in the beat. The chorus, as well, hits fairly hard and leaves a good impression. The slower track “Empires” builds to an epic chorus and makes for a good break between the more upbeat songs. These three have a harder, more straightforward pop-punk feel that drives along with guitar chords and riffs. Though these songs are the meat of the record, they tend to blend a little bit with similar tempos and song setups – which isn’t to say that they’re bad songs, just a little samey.
Short and sweet, Life As Lions’ EP is an upbeat collection that acts as a great sampler for the band. The tone of this record is similar to Yellowcard with a bit more of an edge. The songs are catchy and will keep listeners’ heads bobbing throughout but they don’t offer enough difference between them. The EP doesn’t seem to show anything too different or interesting to the music scene; it all feels like something heard before. Still, the songs show strong promise for future releases. Life As Lions will be a good band to keep an eye on in the upcoming years.