BIOGRAPHY

Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music.

Their new album “Soul Riot” follows up the successful This Generation and This Generation In Dub (Lions meet Dub Club).

“With this new LP (Soul Riot), The Lions really all came into the studio with something to prove and collectively blended our soul and reggae influences seamlessly while remaining truly original. The rhythm section was on fire, every horn line and solo sticks in your head and Alex, Malik, Deston and Shakespeare all put every ounce of blood, sweat and tears (pun intended) they had into all their vocal performances, ping-ponging back and forth the way Sly & The Family Stone or The Temptations used to. Plus we also lucked out and got Myron Glasper (Myron & E) on one track and it’s just beautiful, part Motown, part Treasure Isle.” – Dan Ubick (producer/guitarist)

The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Désert, form half of the vocal team, and the latter also has a successful career on screen, including roles in the films Swingers and High Fidelity. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame) and co-runner of the i&i Sound System, a customised ice cream van bringing bass to the streets of the west coast and featured on the cover of both Saul Williams’ self-titled album, The Lions This Generation and an issue of XLR8R Magazine.

“This new batch of tunes came straight from the heart on all fronts and I think our listeners will hear that. With everything that’s going on today we wanted to make an album that speaks to peoples emotions and frustrations while also giving them a chance to dance and release some stress. People today seem to be looking for ways to escape the rat race and build new paradigms. Most of us are struggling with the reality that all of our hard work benefits a select few and our souls are rioting.”

“Anyway, “Soul Riot” was a supreme honor to produce and I hope people take as much from it as I have.” – Dan Ubick

Other members of The Lions include Macy Gray co-writer and collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, Blake Colie (Hollie Cook, The Heptones) on drums and Davey Chegwidden, who leads the backing band for Ed La Soul, on percussion plus musicians who have played with the likes of Barrington Levy, Beck, Raphael Saadiq, Fitz and The Tantrums, Orgone, Big Daddy Kane and Black Eyed Peas.

The Lions repertoire has been heard on USA’s hit series Burn Notice (“Hot No Ho”, “Thin Man Skank,” “Givin Up Food For Jah”), the Funk Aid For Africa compilation (“Jungle Struttin’”) and the Box of Funq compilation (“Hot No Ho”).

Alex Désert………………………Vocals
(Hepcat)

Deston Berry……………………Vocals, Organ, Piano
(Hepcat)

Malik Moore………………………Vocals
(Ocean 11)

Black Shakespeare………MC
(I&I Sound System)

Steve “Curly Locks” Kaye……Mixing Engineer, Dub Engineer, Melodica
(Orgone, Fitz & The Tantrums, Big Daddy Kane, Tone Loc)

Dan “Connie Price” Ubick……Guitar
(The Keystones, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Breakestra)

Devin Morrison………………Guitar
(The Expanders, Leonard Dillon)

Dave Wilder………………………Bass
(Macy Gray, Norah Jones, Brett Dennen, Everlast, Liz Phair)

Blake Colie………………………Drums
(Salvador Santana, Derrick Morgan, Leonard Dillon, The Maytones)

Davey Chegwidden…………Percussion
(Rhythm Roots All Stars, De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas, David Holmes)

Eddie Felix………………………Saxophone, Vocals
(Eddie Palmieri, Chris Dowd from Fishbone)

Otto Granillo…………………Trombone
(Jungle Fire, Kotolan)

HONORARY MEMBERS:
James King………………………Saxophone, Flute, Melodica
David Ralicke………………Trombone
Sergio Rios……………………Guitar
Dan Hastie………………………Keyboards
Eric Hartwell………………Percussion
Bill Wendt………………………Sound
Todd Simon………………………Trumpet
Dave Goodwin…………………Trombone

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