A couple of months ago, Dan and I were lucky enough to catch a live performance of Lambs Become Lions at Mahtay Café & Lounge in downtown St. Catharines. It was a unique treat because they were performing acoustically.
This past summer was our introduction to Lambs Become Lions. Dan and I took in their S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival performance and were instantly fans!
November 13th brings exciting news as the band is releasing their newest EP called Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose (I’m loving the Friday Nights Lights reference). To kick off the new EP, they are performing at the L3 Nightclub on November 12th.
Eric Conlon, lead singer of Lambs Become Lions, graciously took the time to answer some of my questions about their process, performances and motivations.
1. Lambs Become Lions performed acoustically at Mahtay Café & Lounge last night – what kind of challenges does that pose over a standard performance?
The biggest challenge is changing the dynamic, we have a LOT of fast paced upbeat songs and trying to transfer them to a softer setting can be difficult. Also, it’s rare for us to do acoustic performances where drums are involved, so it’s really a matter of getting more opportunities like that, which we would love.
2. Of all places, why do you call Niagara home? Does it affect your song writing?
Well, everyone except myself is from St. Catharines. And when I was in Journey to Aspen this became my home away from home. There’s such a strong musical community in St. Catharines, we’re proud to call it home. As far as writing, it absolutely does. You’ll see it reflected in some of the songs on our upcoming EP. I see a lot of great things going on in St. Catharines but there’s a lot of apathy towards the poor and a lot of tough luck stories out there. I think the new songs reflect both criticisms of our community and praise.
3. What motivates you to write a song?
I normally write about something I’m thinking or feeling. One of our new songs is called “Someone Else’s Dream”, it was actually inspired by Jesse (our drummer) who was having a bad day and I jokingly said to him “You’re living the dream” to which he replied the song title. A lot of it is inspired by love and by my desire to make music my life.
4. What are the 3 things you can’t live without – performing and/or personally?
When performing I need my in-ear monitors, I’m definitely not a classically trained singer, so it’s important that I can hear myself to be able to sing well.
I also need a good mix so I can hear Vanessa’s harmonies, she’s a relatively new addition to the band, and her harmonies are phenomenal, her addition instantly took our performances to the next level.
Personally, I need to be surrounded by people with a purpose. My motivation comes in waves so having people around me who are always motivated keeps me on track and reminds me what is important.
5. What is the motto or advice you live by?
Take risks, and I’d rather smile at the fact that I tried something like this (music) than live the rest of my life regretting not having taken the chance. I only really started playing music with a purpose about 4 years ago.
6. During live performances, does the band ever decide to change up the sound of a song to try something new? Or are you guys pretty specific to the sound you’ve created originally?
We’re all pretty set in our ways and happy with how the songs sound. Sometimes we’ll goof around a little and throw in words or riffs that aren’t normally in the song. We’re going to release a free acoustic CD with some very different renditions of some of people’s favorites.
7. For our readers who haven’t heard your music, can you explain your sound in a few words?
We beg, borrow and steal from a lot of different sounds. We’re definitely a pop band but if you stop there to define us you’ll completely miss what’s important. We all come from different backgrounds, and we are definitely greater than the sum of our parts.
8. Do you guys ever get nervous when performing live?
I don’t get nervous, I think we might get a little tense sometimes, but that’s just cause we all wanna be perfect for the people who paid their hard earned money to come see us. A little bit of nervous energy is a great thing, you can always tell cause we move around a lot more.
Lambs Become Lions will also be touring extensively during the months of November, December and February in support of the new EP Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose releases November 13th and will be distributed locally and nationwide by IndoorShoes Records.
Click here to hear their first release from this EP: When I Open My Eyes
You can see the band live at L3 on November 12th. Please visit this page for details.
A community oriented café & lounge designed to let you explore food, coffee and drinks in a way that truly emphasizes your individuality and sense of adventure.
Located at 241 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, this cafe plays host to several events including live music and game nights.