ARTISTS ( ALL )
CHRISTIANS & LIONS

THE BAND IS...
BEN POTRYKUS
SAMUEL POTRYKUS
CHRIS MARA
MATT SISTO
PHOTO'D (LEFT TO RIGHT)

PHOTO BY: KRIS IRELAND

BIO
In many ways, it may be most appropriate to say that Christians and Lions started long before all of its members had met each other. Brothers Ben and Sam Potrykus had been playing music and singing together since junior high, but the bands that resulted never quite succeeded in capturing their imagination. It wasn't until Christians and Lions was launched with a month-long US tour in a borrowed station wagon (upright bass strapped to the roof rack and all) that the two felt something important beginning to take shape.

Upon discovering that two close friends and former roommates of Ben's were each struggling just as hard to find a band as they were to fill out their sound with additional members, the two invited drummer Chris Mara and guitarist Matt Sisto to join, along with local trumpet player Chris Barret to round out the lineup as a part-timer. The band played only a handful of shows before being thrust onto the club circuit in and around their hometown of Boston and deciding that it was time to hit studio Basement 247 in Allston, MA.

The result is More Songs for Dreamsleepers and The Very Awake, an unironically-titled debut effort, showcasing their taste for classic and traditional rock, folk, blues, garage, psych, and contemporary indie music in both performance and recording technique, as well as their skill with guitars, percussion, upright bass, trumpet, organ, singing saw, and vocals that harmonize with an eerie familial connection that has to be heard to be believed.

It's "smart and textured indie-folk" (The Boston Phoenix), music that's "somehow comfortable, yet unsettling...like a Cadillac someone died in" (Jack Younger, Engineer). Well-aware of their roots, but not a throwback, capable of experimentation, but never dubbing themselves avant-garde, Christians and Lions are somewhat of an anomaly, even if they seem to enjoy it. But no one is patting themselves on the back just yet. The band's lyrics and philosophy are influenced as much by theorists like Althusser and MacLuhan as artists like The Zombies and The Tennessee Three, and the members seem hell-bent on somehow keeping More Songs relevant while completely severing ties to the people they were when they recorded it. Prepare yourself for an identity crisis.

RELEASE HISTORY

CHRISTIANS & LIONS
GIMME DICTION (CDsingle, 2007)

Features the 1st single from the band's debut album "More Songs For Dreamsleepers and the Very Awake" as well as 2 new recordings and the music video for Gimme Diction. Produced by Jack Younger at Basement 247 in Alston, MA in March of 2007. The 7inch version of this will be released in August.

CHRISTIANS & LIONS
MORE SONGS FOR DREAMSLEEPERS & THE VERY AWAKE (CDLP, Digital, 2006)

The debut release from Boston's Christians & Lions is the musical equivalent of a warm fire on a cold winter night. An album full of memorable melodies and lavish intrumentation including brass, organ, and singing saw. Christians & Lions are a breath of fresh air in a musical climate overflowing with screaming tales of woe.

CHRISTIANS & LIONS
MORE SONGS ... ACOUSTIC (CD, 2006)

The 12 song pre-cursor to Christians & Lions debut was limited to a run of 100 copies and sold exclusively on their first US tour in the spring of 2006.

BAND LINKS
WEBSITE: http://www.christiansandlions.net
MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/christiansandlions
© 2005-2006 ECA Records.
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