The alternative rock duo based in Brighton and Boston, UK is ready to take the UK alt scene by storm. Bones—their EP set to release on November 2—consists of five lyrically and instrumentally creative songs. Similar sounds to Blink 182 and Owl City, Lion Skin brings their audience back to the mid 2000s (a.k.a. the simpler days).
In a desperate need to revisit your skinny jeans and high top converse, turn on “Lights” and “Daughters,” and it won’t take too long to find the angst teen that used to guide your everyday choices. Musically, Lion Skin makes good decisions with lyrics, melody and style. “Navigating Through the Stars” brings back layered vocals, while also creating irony through their slightly gloomy lyrics and their sappy melody.
Its made clear Lion Skin has potential from this diverse—yet symbiotic EP.
Kaitlin Marron - Melodic Magazine
Another new release from ZyNg Tapes has just arrived - Lion Skin's five song EP Bones. The appearance of this tape continues in a similarly professional-looking vein, with pro-printed colour artwork, the tape itself being a clear cassette with gold lining and on-body printing, looking indistinguishable from cassettes released by professional record companies back in the late 80s and early 90s. Despite the slick image, I believe these new tapes from ZyNg are still recorded at home rather than factory duplicated. ZyNg Tapes is continuing in the spirit of the underground tape labels of old, but just has a less obviously homemade visual aesthetic than older tape labels, due to the easier access to professional technology available today. I suspect that if the 1980s/1990s tape labels had access to equipment more advanced than typewriters, Letraset, scissors, glue, photocopiers, and shop bought cassettes, perhaps all but the most wilfully lo-tech may well have made more efforts to present their tapes in a less amateurish manner.
Lion Skin's music is somewhere between melodic punk and alternative rock. I haven't really explored much punky or alt-rockish stuff since the 90s, so I'm perhaps not the best person to make comparisons with other better known artists who may be doing a similar thing, but what I can say is Lion Skin have a good balance of strong melody, spiky energy, and emotion-laid-bare, heart-on-sleeve lyrics. They occasionally incorporate bits of keyboard, or a clean guitar sound, setting them apart from more formulaic punk-influenced bands who are all about the fuzz and chug all of the time. Songs like Stranger are nothing short of anthemic, with a huge catchy chorus. Final track Navigating Through the Stars is less noisy, a kind of angsty (yet very catchy) pop, recalling a less lo-fi version of the kind of music that got tagged as 'lo-fi' back in the 90s. Lion Skin make the kind of alternative music that has the potential to go on to much bigger things, whilst being authentic and honest enough to continue appealing to an underground audience. This is a very strong debut from a band I'd be interested to hear more from. The tape is limited to just 30 (!) copies, which are already selling fast, so get your orders in quickly!