Bones EP (zyng009)

by Lion Skin

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    We are very proud of our 9th release. The 'Bones EP' is a 5 track cassette introducing the very brilliant Lion Skin from Boston / Brighton. Lion Skin also featured on the 'On New Horizons Vol 2' compilation. These lads are definitely one to watch for in the near future. Brilliant songwriting coupled with driving guitar riffs & melodic vocal hooks.

    The cassette is produced on a c-15 ferro tape housed in a precious gold bullion shell with jet black spools & rollers, white on-body print & protected within a crystal clear polypropylene case. Full colour folded j-card on luxurious 150gsm silk card. Each cassette is individually hand numbered. You NEED this tape in your collection !!

    features the single "Stranger"

    Limited to only 30 copies worldwide.

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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

melodicmag.com/2015/11/02/album-review-lion-skin-bones-ep/


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!

Kim Harten
Bliss/Aquamarine
www.blissaquamarine.net

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released November 2, 2015

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Track Name: Bones
I'm sorry I can't be there this winter, you know that circumstance puts distance between you and me. But as I'm sat in this George street house drinking the hours to the ground, I just pray that you don't do the same.

And I'm sorry that I never stay as long as you'd like me to, I just can't. I lost too much blood there and I'm just not the same. I age by years in months these days it seems and my ribs break at the mention of your name.

I need to find myself again, I lost it all to friends and late nights spent on late night drives trying to find some wonder and mend. I think I need a holiday or a day away from everything I use to know. I just need some time to be okay.

Still, when your lungs exhale I'll be breathing it in, to take the space you leave when you're wearing thin.

Laying on our backs with eyes wide, fingers crossed and our breathing timed. Drifting between awake and asleep. My bones are cold but I don't mind.
Track Name: Lights
They took me out to see the lights and all the people that I love. I hadn't left my house for weeks but I like what we've become. I've heard what they say but I'll never speak of what I say that day because it hurts to think that I will never change. Are you proud of that? Tell me what to say because I'll say what you want to hear.

They took me out to see the things that I love and I'm never coming back. They took me out to hear the music I missed and I swear it's the best that I've had. I've seen all these things. Can you imagine that this kid grew up to be someone to be misheard?

All these lights and sounds. Do you feel me reaching out to touch the sun? Are you scared of something else other than the obvious? Because I'll never speak those words you miss so much.

I grew up so fast. Does it scare you that I wrote off my past? But I swear It's not that bad.
Track Name: Daughters
In a strangers bed next to a strangers head, these tired eyes give the look that I get when there's no good in them anymore. She says it's just the swelling inside my chest. So keep me in your sheets and I'll take off my skin to let you see underneath.

As your slipping out of your clothes, you move a slow like the days I spend In that house by then the coast. You've got such a pretty face and the smell of wine on your breath but on your tongue is my name. I'll keep you in my veins and honestly, truth be told, I don't need the same.

I'm gonna move out your window if it's alright, if you want you can sit with me with one leg over the ledge and the other intertwined with mine.

I'll still notice the ragged ends of your summer dress even if it's only in our heads. So speak up or speak slow just please don't leave me alone.
Track Name: Stranger
The land is dry and the day's getting longer, but tonight we walk down by the fields so I can feel the wind between my arms. As my disorders settle in, I lose the courage to talk, but when the clocks move back I'm on it because I want in.

These weathered hands, they serve me well. When they break beneath the weight I'll carry them as well.

I'm waiting for someone to find a cure for everything in me that takes over and control. As the world presses on again and I'm left here, the things I use to love grow old.

These blistered feet are tired and so cold, but they're just extensions of my small and weary bones.

I'm becoming a stranger, but it's not the strangest thing to happen round here. If you could wait out the weather I'll be back in time to find you my long lost friend.

And I've always been taught that if I have to fight a war, it's best to be on the side that's going to win, but how can I feel alive when I'm someone else's choices. To me that just ain't living.

My aching skin is thin and so frayed, but it's worth the gentle reminders of better days.
Track Name: Navigating Through The Stars
I’ve been on my own so long
All my thoughts have turned to song
Whilst the melody is strong
the sense of hope it gives is wrong

All my words appear to rhyme
But I resist the urge to mime
Every action is aligned
But I know now that I’ve got

Time
(woah-oh, woah-oh)
Yeah I know that I’ve got time

Time forgets you in a flash
Headlights never saw the crash
As I gaze upon the ash
I knock back another splash.

Soco, amaretto, lime
Cloud my judgement, cloud my mind
All the planets have aligned
And now I’m running out of time

Navigate me through the stars
Shine the light down where you are
Sound the siren overseas
Say you did it all for me

As I lay in my bed, wishing none of this happened.
There’s a note left unread, that says nothing else matters.