EP Review: I, The Lion – Run

A sublime release of melodic punk by Cheltenham’s I, The Lion; the Run EP is ready to be met with success. Having toured aggressively since forming in 2010, I, The Lion have shared stages with the likes of Gallows and DZ Deathrays. Their hard work is finally paying off – the Run EP will solidify the band as leading the charge of the British post-punk scene.

The three-piece’s live energy is written into the melodies of the release, and there’s complexity in the song-writing that doesn’t back down throughout. Powerful and with technical hooks sewn in for good measure, songs like “Icarus” and opener “Head Strong” will become crowd favourites if they are not already. ‘Head Strong’ was debuted at 2000 Trees and physical copies of the single were given out for free. Prior to that, the band has had considerable recognition throughout the scene through relentless promotion.

Due to be released February, Run was recorded with Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar) at Stakeout Studios in London. Run explores the theme of trying to get away – from past experiences, past memories, your life – and trying to create something new for yourself. Lead singer Elliot’s At The Drive In-like cryptic lyrics work well with the bold storytelling of the record. As a whole, the trio’s relationship with each other is so strong it is evident even just by hearing them.

If you combined Biffy Clyro with Arcane Roots, then this is the end product. A strong release following 2011’s Tides and Tales EP, Run continues the story of the band. Be sure to check it out when it drops February 9th.

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