Life as Lions: What's the Penalty for Regicide These Days?
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.
It's a pretty common complaint of mine that rock is dead, killed in a mighty suck avalanche at the turn of the century that so decimated the genre it's unlikely a viable breeding population still exists. Still, there are a few bands around Houston that can still legitimately call themselves rock without bearing the shame their more mainstream brethren bear.
Take Life as Lions, for example. They've got all the earmarks of a great rock band. They rock a look that says they could get a bank loan but also know a good drug dealer. Their music is both brash and emotional, with a nice combination of mindless banging and poetic wail.
You could see a really good hero movie trailer being set to something like "Different Worlds." Someone get Marvel on the phone and tell them we've got a track for Guardians of the Galaxy all ready for them.
But that name...
Life as Lions? What in the name of MGM's logo does that mean? Is this like that stupid South Park episode where Token went to live with the lions and all they did was make fart jokes the whole time? 'Cause that episode sucked hosewater, although it did explain a lot of Will Smith's acting career.
Or maybe it's like Aslan and the whole band is trying to slip religion to us like a pervy uncle. Yeah, I bet that's it. I bet it's religion and inappropriate touching. Not on my watch. I may not be the name hero this city deserves, but I'm the name hero it needs. I shot the band a profanity-laced email to demand an explanation and received this lengthy response:
Our band name came to life by accident, really," they answered en masse... it's always a little creepy when they do that. "On a whim, our guitarist Bryan Shelton changed his Twitter handle to @LifeasBryan.
When our bass player, Mike Filewicz first noticed, it spurred him to start brainstorming band names that started with Life as.' One of his first ideas was Life as Lions, which the band didn't take too kindly to, as so many other bands use "lions" in their name.
After some deliberation, the band figured that it was a name that could stand on its own and that spoke to the kind of presence we wanted to have in our music scene.
Life as Lions didn't have a special meaning at first. It just sounded like a cool enough band name to stick. Then, after spending countless hours (and countless dollars) in the studio, grinding away at writing, rehearsing, and building a sound for ourselves, it evolved into something bigger.
Not only has it become a strong brotherhood between four guys from very diverse backgrounds, but it's brought us closer to so many other musicians in the Houston music scene that we love and respect. As musicians, we all pour everything we have in to living our lives as lions.