12 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Los Angeles’s Wounded Lion belong to that tribe of primitive, shambling, minimalists who take their cues from tribal elders the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers, and skew it all with a dash of irony and a hint of art-skronk. Inane lyrics (“I’m staying in the cave!” “Coors, Light! Coors, Light!”) shouted and yelped atop clanging, ringing guitars and tinny, slapdash percussion manage to invoke mysterious weight; you’d swear singer Brad Eberhard (a visual artist and former art teacher) was singing about despair or war or social injustice. But, nah, he’s just having fun — and spreading it around. “Creatures In the Cave” churns into an exhilarating, Velvets-inspired adrenalin rush, and the jittery guitars on “Dagoba System” sound like the Feelies and the Clean duking it out in a dank underground club in 1979. Unexpected touches like the roller-rink organ on the hilarious “Pony People,” the faux-Hawaiian romanticism in “Crunchy Stars” and the ‘70s hard-rock choogle of “Carol Cloud” add another dimension to this gleeful celebration of primal — and distinctly American — rock ’n’ roll.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Los Angeles’s Wounded Lion belong to that tribe of primitive, shambling, minimalists who take their cues from tribal elders the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers, and skew it all with a dash of irony and a hint of art-skronk. Inane lyrics (“I’m staying in the cave!” “Coors, Light! Coors, Light!”) shouted and yelped atop clanging, ringing guitars and tinny, slapdash percussion manage to invoke mysterious weight; you’d swear singer Brad Eberhard (a visual artist and former art teacher) was singing about despair or war or social injustice. But, nah, he’s just having fun — and spreading it around. “Creatures In the Cave” churns into an exhilarating, Velvets-inspired adrenalin rush, and the jittery guitars on “Dagoba System” sound like the Feelies and the Clean duking it out in a dank underground club in 1979. Unexpected touches like the roller-rink organ on the hilarious “Pony People,” the faux-Hawaiian romanticism in “Crunchy Stars” and the ‘70s hard-rock choogle of “Carol Cloud” add another dimension to this gleeful celebration of primal — and distinctly American — rock ’n’ roll.

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About Wounded Lion

Playing brilliantly simple, off-kilter garage pop akin to the Modern Lovers, Los Angeles’ Wounded Lion feature singer/guitarist Brad Eberhard, who is also a fine art painter and used to be an art teacher; drummer Monty Buckles (also of the Lamps); and Shant, Chris, Jun, and Raffi. Eberhard began recording songs into GarageBand in 2008, the same year Wounded Lion debuted with the S-S single "Carol Cloud" b/w "Pony People"; the B-side was covered by the Intelligence on their album Fake Surfers. They returned with the Creatures in the Cave 7" on Gilongo in 2009, and moved to In the Red for that year’s "Friendly?" single, which also featured covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” and Wild Man Fischer’s “Big Boots.” Their self-titled full-length debut appeared on In the Red in 2010. Later that year, the band released singles including Relaxation is My Specialty, which appeared on Wounded Lion's second album, 2011's IVXLCDM, also the first to feature Lars Finberg (the Intelligence, A-Frames, Thee Oh Sees) on drums.~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles CA

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