Harbor Records’ has just announced the signing of Maryland’s In League With Lions along with the announcement that the band’s forthcoming EP, entitled Exposure, will be digitally released worldwide July 9th through the label. “When I initially heard their first single ‘I Stand Alone’ I knew they had potential to go far, and when Harbor Records came about I immediately contacted them about signing with the label,” commented Harbor Records owner Ryan Williford. With Jarren Dean-Smullen adding, “I’m so happy to see how far us as a band has came in this year. We have worked so hard to get where we are today and it has all happened so fast. It only gets better from here, and for all the kids that want to grow up and be in a band; just make sure you have a group of guys that are dedicated as much as you are, and follow your dreams.”
Late last month the band released their first single, entitled “I Stand Alone,” off the six track EP with vocalist Martin Paddilla saying, “The first single is probably out catchiest song to date.” With guitarist Tyler Anderson pitching in, “We plan on playing as many shows as possible, and exposing ourselves to as many people as possible. That’s partially why we named the EP Exposure. It’s our first release and the first time people are going to hear us. We hope that everyone who takes the time to listen to this EP notices all of the hours of hard work that were poured into this, and can appreciate it for what it is.”
EXPOSURE (July 9th)
2. What It Takes To Overcome
3. I Stand Alone
4. Fist Fight
5. A Life To Aspire To
In League With Lions was initially formed when guitarist Tyler Anderson and drummer Jarren Dean-Smullen started jamming together, before guitarist Ryan Evans and singer Josh Wilder followed suit. Eventually the band was rounded out by bassist Billy McClean and screamer Martin Padilla. After solidifying their lineup, In League With Lions focused on honing in on their sound while playing shows around their home state of Maryland. After a year of crafting their sound and playing shows, while losing their singer Josh Wilder in the process, the band entered the studio with Chris Rowe and went quickly to work on their debut EP entitled Exposure. The band’s first EP is due to be released sometime this summer while the band is planning on playing extensively in order to support its release.
Ever since its inception, In League With Lions has always tried to promote a message of positivity and hope. The passion in their lyrics showcases how much of themselves the band members pour into their songs, and this is what makes each track that more powerful while creating a connection with the fans.
“Our lyrics are about our past experiences,” explains the band’s vocalist, Martin, “Where we had to trust in ourselves and to never give up on the things we want in life. When no one else believed in us or told us that we weren’t good enough, we channeled that energy into our music.” Whether the band speaks about past, hurtful experiences or tries to spread a message of hope and belief in oneself, their lyrics are sure to hit home with each and every person in the crowd.