Lions :: 05.17.08 :: Khyber :: Philadelphia, PA
“Evil Eye” started the set with a shatteringly appropriate analysis of the situation outside: “They call her American dream, but this time it’s not what it seems.” The drone-yowl of Kalman’s guitar scratched at our senses. Its distorted notes passed as much judgment as Matt Drenik‘s voice barking out the chorus. Lions’ unbreakable rock & roll left no questions in anyone’s mind. They attacked the stage as a contender for king of the pack should. Falling in between the cracks of ’70s-era hard rock and current border stretching rock groups like Dead Meadow and Vietnam, Lions unleashed a heavy psychedelic roar that pleasantly damaged eardrums and raised pulses. Each moment hoisted the enthusiasm levels as Drenik and his cohorts bound assertively around the minuet stage.
“This is a song you make love to,” announced Drenik as Kalman unleashed the Tool-like “Prison Sex” moan from his bent strings and pedal affected axe. He and Drenik heaved themselves into the throes of the song’s howling delights. With sinews stretched taught in lanky enthusiasm, Drenik moaned out cries like a wounded lover. His eyes stared ruthlessly out over the sea of faces below him as he clawed at the air.
Lions live at the Khyber
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