CD Review: Year of the Lion – Bury Me A Lion

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase Bury Me a Lion?  Strength?  Power?  A sense of pride.  Let us introduce you to the one of the newer modern rock bands emerging onto the New York music scene, Bury Me A Lion.  A sound which they define as something that “melds together The Strokes and The Smiths, and is layered against thick and airy Doors-influenced vocals.”  This trio features Jarrett Gilbert on vocals, Sam Einhorn on guitar, and Luca Pironti on drums.  The name, which comes from infusing the concept of their previous name Lion, Lion and a lyrics from The Pogues, “If I Should Fall From Grace With God, bury me at sea, where no murdered ghost can haunt me.”  Combine the two and out comes Bury Me a Lion.

They recently released a new album called Year of the Lion.  This 10 track album is full of the sound that truly represents Bury Me a Lion.  The first track, Be Your Own Bomb, really brings the listener in starting with some serious guitar riffs and a large drum build-up, which is quickly followed by some soulful vocals.  Blurred, brings in a bass for more of a fully-rounded rock band sound.  The Road is really where you begin to hear the influences of bands like Coldplay and MGMT.  This is our favorite track on the album.  Lead vocalist Jarrett Gilbert really shows his ability to vary his singing ability, while guitarist Sam Einhorn showcases his ability to serenade the listener with his acoustic chords and melodies.  The last track original track, Dinosaur, finishes off the same way the album began, with a loud rock melody featuring pronounced vocals and background harmonies.  The last track is a remixed version of track 8, Metabolism.

While first time listeners may hear some influences of bands like MGMT, Coldplay, and The Strokes, none of them really sound like the music produced by Bury Me a Lion.  In a little over 2 years, they have done what most bands spend their lives striving to do.  They have created their own sound.

Bury Me a Lion will perform at the Catalpa Music Festival at Randall’s Island in New York City the weekend of July 28th-29th alongside The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Umphrey’s McGee, Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, AraabMUZIK and many more.  Their new album, Year of the Lion, is available for purchase via iTunes and through Bandcamp via their Facebook page.

Bandcamp Album Link:  http://www.facebook.com/burymealion/app_204974879526524

Bury Me A Lion Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/burymealion

Catalpa NYC Festival Website:   http://www.catalpanyc.com

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~ by creativesolutionsmusic on May 30, 2012.

3 Responses to “CD Review: Year of the Lion – Bury Me A Lion”

  1. Ahhhh so great to see these guys getting some attention!! I can’t WAIT for Catalpa. I couldn’t be more excited for them. Great stuff, spot-on review!

  2. So good to hear about a new band making good. I pray they do well. I sure will be watching them closely, especially since Jarett Gilbert is my grandson.

  3. Great sound, great vocals, great drums… but GREAT SONGS, above all. Go Lions! Nobody can bury you ;-D

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