We sent Henry Upton from Lionize some questions
to talk about their latest album 'Jetpack Soundtrack'
as well as their forthcoming apperance on the
Lords Of The Riff Tour.
those readers who are new to Lionize can you give
us a brief history of the band and who your musical
We formed nearly ten years ago basically as
a garage band trying to play any show we could
get. We've worked our way to national touring
and now international shows. We pride ourselves
on being a live band.
As far as influences go we are all into classic
Rock, a lot of reggae, DC GoGo, funk, jazz...
a pretty broad spectrum. Some specific acts
are Deep Purple, Steel Pulse, Black Sabbath,
Chuck Brown, and Parliament.
released your latest studio album ‘Jetpack
Soundtrack’ earlier on in the year how would
you say it has gone down with your fans and the
The response has been great. The fans have
really dug it and the critical responses have
been almost uniformly positive. We are very
proud of it.
did you find the whole writing and recording procedure
for ‘Jetpack Soundtrack’?
Intense. We worked harder and did more revisions
than we had ever done before. Lyrics were written
6 and 7 times over. Working with Machine is
wonderfully exhausting thing. And that's why
he is so good at his job.
would you say your favourite songs from ‘Jetpack
Soundtrack’ are and why?
"Sea of Tranquility" is one. We wrote
a lot of the dub section live in the studio
late one night and that vibe comes across. Machine
also did a great job with making that part very
I'm also a fan of the bridge of "Lazarus
Style" which we also wrote in the studio.
are currently touring America with Bam Margera
how has this been?
We just started last night. The crowd was really
good. Nice to see some Lionize and Clutch shirts
in the crowd. And on a Bam tour you know everybody
is there to have a good time.
are set to play the Lords Of The Riffs Tour in
November, how did this come along and how much
are you looking forward to it?
Couldnt be more stoked.The shows with Clutch
this past April we were floored by the response.
So to be back over so soon with great bands
and so much support is an ideal situation.
are touring alongside Kyng during the tour are
you looking forward to touring alongside them?
We've been lucky enough to play with Kyng before.
Great band and great dudes.
tour features 11 shows are you looking forward
to certain shows more than others?
Nope. All of them are exciting to me.
you met someone who had never heard of your band,
what one song would you suggest them to listen
to, to understand what you are all about?
Probably "Evolve" from Jetpack
would you say your biggest highs and lows as a
band have been so far?
One of the big highs was playing Red Rocks
with Lee Perry for 10 thousand people. The Clutch
show this past April at the Forum in London
was a standout. I tend to block out the lows.
But flipping our van wasn't fun...
do you hope to see Lionize in a year’s time?
Recording the next album I hope.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be?
Giraffe. Giraffes have attitude. And I'm pretty
short so that'd be nice.
for your time is there a message for your fans
Thank you guys for the support. Keep up with
us on all the social media. We're gonna keep
Interview by Trigger