Although they are from a small town in Maryland, the gigantic sounds of In League With Lions is sure to reverberate with progressive metalcore fans all across the nation. Exposure, their debut EP for Harbor Records, is filled to the brim with glorious musical reveries that are wondrously captivating. A rip roaring commencement to be sure, Exposure presents five sonic tracks of thoroughly impressive tunes that will lift the spirits of all who give a listen. Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Tyler Anderson to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in In League With Lions, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Tyler, the lead guitarist, and I’ve been doing this since the band started in May 2012.
Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Salisbury, MD. That being said, I can’t even begin to tell you about the scene because it doesn’t exist. We have to travel over 1-2 hours anytime we want to play. But, we do have a few good local bands like Beyond The Barrier, As Alice Sleeps and Born With Open Eyes.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Exposure?
We wanted to name it Exposure simply for the fact that this album is the first thing everyone is hearing from us. This EP is us exposing ourselves to those willing to listen.
Select two songs from Exposure and what inspired the lyrics.
My two favorite songs lyrically are A Life to Aspire to and What it Takes to Overcome. A Life to Aspire to is about always loving what you have and making the most out of your life. What it Takes to Overcome is about feeling like you were meant to do greater things in your life, but the people around you try to hold you back from achieving your goals because they just want to see you fail. The song was written to inspire those to never give up on themselves and whatever they want to do in life, even if no one believes in you or someone just wants to break you down.
How did you wind up signing with Harbor Records?
One day our manager just sent me a file of a contract and I checked everything out, everything looked nice so we took the offer!
What could one expect from a live In League With Lions show?
An extremely tight instrumental sound, powerful vocals, and entertaining stage presence!
What was it like playing with The Air I Breathe and did you get to hang out with them or any of the other bands at all?
It was really an awesome experience, especially being that it was our second show and the first show of The Air I Breathe’s farewell tour. We got to talk to everyone from the other bands which was pretty cool.
Who did the cover art for Exposure and how much input did you have on it?
Our manager did it, she already had it made, but I thought it fit well, because when you die of being exposed to cold weather it’s said that you died of exposure. Not the same Exposure we meant by the title, but it still is somewhat relevant.
What kind of touring have you done so far?
We haven’t had the chance to actually get a tour going yet, but we will hopefully be touring throughout August!
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
It would be a strawberry frosted jelly donut. Because its got diversity amongst flavors, just like our music has a diversity of genres that it dips into, and because I love strawberry frosting.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing you music for the very first time?
That it will only get better from here! Our members are progressing as musicians everyday, and we have new experiences to influence us everyday that passes, so if you like what you hear from us you will love what is to come.
Any final words of wisdom?
Everyone can make something out of what they have a passion for. Everyone in this band is in this process right now. If you try hard enough at anything and truly love what you do, you can do so many things with a positive outlook on it. Never give up on what you love to do.
In League With Lions is:
Tyler Anderson – Guitar
Ryan Evans – Guitar
Billy McClean – Bass/Clean Vocals
Martin Padilla – Vocals
Jarren Dean-Smullen – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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