The fact that Brighton/Boston duo Lion Skin are releasing their debut EP ‘Bones’ physically on cassette would give you the impression that they’re yet another band being quirky for quirkiness’ sake.
Despite such an obscure release method though, ‘Bones’ sound couldn’t be more straightforward. This EP is five tracks of swirling, chiming alt-rock in the vein of bands like Moose Blood.
If, for some strange reason, that isn’t enough to convince you to give Lion Skin a chance, here’s a bit more – the likes of ‘Lights’ and the grungier ‘Daughters’ suggest that when this band get a bit more exposure, they could become a genuine force to be reckoned with, given their irrepressible melodies and immediately captivating choruses. Elsewhere, ‘Stranger’ is a big ol’ slice of Jimmy Eat World-style goodness, and the largely acoustic closer ‘Navigating Through The Stars’ even gives nods to bands like Third Eye Blind and still manages to pull it off.
So don’t let the obscure release method put you off – Lion Skin have crafted an exceptionally strong opening statement with ‘Bones’ with more than a few heavy hints of true greatness.
‘Bones EP’ by Lion Skin is released on 2nd November.
Words by Luke Nuttall (@nuttall_luke)