This Lionface article was written by Kerry Funnell, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Bristol based Lionface unleashed their exciting EP ‘Battle’ at the end of September, with four tracks that explode with raw energy and emotion. If you were impressed by ‘Beast’ and ‘Run For Cover’, you will not be disappointed by this latest release.
Their first as a quartet with new guitarist Martin Grech, ‘Battle’ is a fine example of how Lionface’s stamina is unstoppable as they continue to evolve into their distinctive, self-described ‘battle pop’ sound. Front woman Kat Marsh is the personification of the band’s namesake as her vocal delivery is unforgiving in its ferocity and the instrumentation behind her roars with indignation.
‘Vampire’, the lead single, does by no means fall short of their reputation. With powerful, angst-fuelled vocals, and electro-alternative instrumentation that hits you like a punch in the face, this track makes for a confrontational opener that leads you into the whirlwind that is Battle.
As the EP progresses, ‘Living’ kicks off with punchy and driven electro-rock infused drums and guitar riffs. However, this track also shows off an interesting contrast within Lionface’s notoriously hard-hitting sound as the choruses enter with a feel-good almost 90s pop vibe.
Don’t be fooled into an early come down though, as the penultimate track, ‘Eclipse’ is all go as it amps up and sustains the high level of energy with erratic synths and rushing beats, which come together as some sort of cathartic dance track. The finale however, is a toned down, almost balladic finish to an EP filled with such high velocity. An interesting twist for a Lionface release, although in saying that, ‘No Hope State’ is by no means any less powerful as its raw, emotive expression of the lyrics and gradual crescendo emits surrender and a sense of vulnerability – the strength in this piece is not to be overlooked.
‘Battle’ is the third release by Lionface and they are building up a collection of works that is worthy of their ever-growing fanbase and national recognition.