lionize announce warped tour dates…

DT:       MARCH 20, 2014

FR:       LIBBY COFFEY/BARI LIEBERMAN/ANDREA FAULK/MSO PR

LIONIZE

ROCK, SOUL AND BLUES BAND

SET TO PERFORM ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR

ALL SUMMER LONG

 

NEW ALBUM

‘JETPACK SOUNDTRACK’

 OUT NOW ON WEATHERMAKER MUSIC

LIONIZE photo: http://msopr.com/files/lionize_band_med_res.JPG

“…great things have arrived in the form of a tightly sequenced, beautifully produced collection that deepens the band’s ability to bring weathered hard rock tropes screaming into the present tenses, via an infusion of soul and blues.”

–Jeff Miers, BUFFALO NEWS, March 15, 2014

As the rock, soul and blues band LIONIZE prepare to head back out on the road in April, the group–NATE BERGMAN (vocals/guitar), HENRY UPTON (bass/vocal) and CHRIS BROOKS (keyboards & vocals), CHASE LAPP (drums)–have announced they’ll perform all summer long on the VANS WARPED TOUR, launching June 13 in Houston, TX.

“We are very excited to return to the Vans Warped Tour as alumni in 2014,” LIONIZE frontman NATHAN BERGMAN states. “With a variety of talented bands and new attractions this year, we are really looking forward to bringing some loud and funky Rock and Roll to the festival.  See you all summer long!”

Hailing from Silver Spring, MD–near the Washington, D.C. stomping ground of their hardcore idols—LIONIZE recently released their new album JETPACK SOUNDTRACK on Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rock group Clutch. Co-produced by Jean-Paul Gaster, drummer of Clutch, and Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey, the album finds the group creating an 11-song journey through their multi-faceted musical influences–spanning heavy rock, soul and blues–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke. The album’s first single “Reality Check” showcases LIONIZE’s precise musicianship; they smoothly shift gears and smack you with a gargantuan hook at an exhilarating pace.  Listen to “Reality Check” here: http://lionizemusic.com.

Who is LIONIZE? Watch the following clip where VANS WARPED TOUR founder Kevin Lyman and a group of their peers, introduce the band:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpHCqjPoAGE&feature=youtu.be

Check out what critics are saying so far about LIONIZE:

Lionize infuses a soulful Southern gospel element into their sound with the inclusion of a stabbing Hammond organ. The keyboards are more than superfluous texture, acting like a second axe. Lyrically, Lionize delves into a world of robotic sci-fi and fantasy. On paper, the symbolism of stiff, heavy cyborgs doesn’t mesh with the fluid basslines, rich vocal harmonies, and snappy drum fills, but Lionize pulls it off on songs such as ‘Replaced with Machines’ and ‘Skynet.’ Album ender ‘Sea of Tranquility’ even bathes in reggae worship.”

–Joshua Bottomley, OUTBURN, (9-out-of 10 stars, April, 2014)

“Mixing ’70s-influenced hard rock with funky grinding dub into a rather intoxicating brew, DC outfit Lionize offers a surprisingly strong departure… guitar textures trade between fuzzy distorted riffs, wet drops of wah wah notes and piercing fret-jumping solos, thick bass and heavy organ create a robust bed of dub-laced grooves, and the tuneful sandpaper-chafed vocals of Nate Bergman wheels over top of it all. Lionize has earned much street cred in their eight-year tenure, serving as touring band for Lee “Scratch” Perry, warming up the stage on tour with such diverse and respected acts as Bad Brains and Galactic, playing both Bonnaroo and the Vans Warped Tour and issuing albums all throughout.”

CREATIVE LOAFING (1/20/14)

Lionize is a tenacious hard-working band with moxy and talent. Framing themselves within an imaginative palette of groove-heavy drumming, rippling rock riffs, and smatterings of eyebrow raising dub reggae, these elements congeal to form a refreshing addition to the rock lexicon.

–Oscar Jordan, THE ROCK RAG (Los Angeles, CA, March 2014)

“Maryland seems to be a hotbed of musical volcanic activity over the last few years. But for the last 10 years or so, Lionize have been blazing a path of their own with their hard rock and reggae style first shown to me by Bad Brains some 30-plus years ago. I’d say they have become the next ambassadors of those elements I just mentioned.”

–Steve Truglio, AQUARIAN WEEKLY (3/5/14)

“[On Jetpack Soundtrack], Deep Purple organ runs and big Southern rock shout-along choruses for its most complete statement so far.”

–Matthew Everett, METRO PULSE (Knoxville, TN, 3/17/14)

“…an unrelenting blast of soulful fury that denies to be constricted to a single specific genre.

–Dan Ursem, MIRROR NEWS (Dearborn, MI, 3/3/14)

“With amps cranked and drums the concert-goers could feel in their chests, Lionize had the audience rocking harder than anticipated for a Thursday evening. Guitarist and lead singer Bergman was at the top of his game, in full control of fuzzed out guitar riffs and a voice that ranged from soulful shouts to bluesy, Black Keys-like vocals. The rest of the band performed excellently as well, and showcased their individual talent as well as their ability to perform as a unit. The performance overall was marked by a level of cohesiveness that only comes with experience, and Lionize has paid its dues.”

–Trent Burns, THE AMERICAN EAGLE, (Washington, DC, 2/24/14)

 Lionize is a Maryland-based band that never stops amazing fans with every album released.[ On Jetpack Soundrack,] Lionize’s new funky rock style will make metal lovers stop and take notice.Reality Check’ is the first single released off of ‘JetPack’ and has a hip, upbeat feel with a lively chorus.”

–Krash Kiten, HEAR MAGAZINE (Detroit, MI, 2/13/14)

“On the new record, Lionize’s unique sound leans heavily towards groove-based, funk infused jam-rock reminiscent of old-school Red Hot Chili Peppers-with a twist of organ. Standout tracks include ‘Reality Check,’ a dark and dangerous sounding song driven by alternating guitar and organ hooks, and ‘Replaced by Machines’ which showcases the talent of the band both as a unit and as individual musicians.

Lionize has been playing music together for 10 years now, and they’ve made a point to show that off on their latest album. Jetpack Soundtrack sees the band at their tightest thus far and makes for a cohesivealthough wild–ride through all 11 tracks. RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Foxy Shazam.”

–Trent Burns, THE AMERICAN EAGLE (Album review, Washington, DC, 2/20/14)

Jetpack Soundtrack may be their best work to date with added depth, power, and creativity relative to their previous work…Lionize deliver great songs with a mulit-layered invigorating sound.”

–Gideon Thomas, CRYTPICROCK.COM, (3/6/14)

“…with Jetpack Soundtrack, Lionize have developed a style of Jam Band music for a new generation. They take groove-heavy hard rock mix in some dark reggae and add a touch of Clutch sounding stony rock… Jetpack Soundtrack is a solid album from beginning to end.”

NATIONALROCKREVIEW.COM, (2/17/14)

Catch LIONIZE on the road in the following cities:

 

DATE   CITY VENUE
LIONIZE Headline Dates:
Mon 4/14 Asheville, NC The Millroom
Tues 4/15 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
LIONIZE with Umphrey’s McGee:
Sun 4/16 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Mon 4/17 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
Tues 4/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
Weds 4/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s Wallar Creek Ampitheatre
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Weds 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Tues 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Weds 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thurs 5/1 London Forum
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
LIONIZE at Temples Festival
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Weds 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thurs 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy
VANS WARPED TOUR 2014
Fri 6/13 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot
Sat 6/14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Tues 6/17 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
Weds 6/18 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
Thurs 6/19 Las Vegas, NV Luxor Lot
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 6/21 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Weds 6/25 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Thurs 6/26 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 6/28 Southeast Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun 6/29 Portland, OR Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
Weds 7/2 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thurs 7/3 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Fri 7/4 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sat 7/5 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/6 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
Tues 7/8 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Weds 7/9 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thurs 7/10 Mansfield, WA Xfinity Center
Fri 7/11 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
Sun 7/13 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
Tues 7/15 Burgettstown, PA First Niagra Pavilion
Weds 7/16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thurs 7/17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri 7/18 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sat 7/19 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 7/20 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
Tues 7/22 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Weds 7/23 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Thurs 7/24 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood
Fri 7/25 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Ampitheatre
Sun 7/27 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Mon 7/28 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
Tues 7/29 Nashville, TN Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Weds 7/30 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Ampitheatre
Thurs 7/31 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairpark
Sun 8/3 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High

 

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Cover artwork: http://msopr.com/files/jetpack_soundtrack_cover_art_low_res.jpeg.

 

About LIONIZE:

The Maryland-based band LIONIZE formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening to each other. Now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, unit. Whether touring extensively in the past on a limited budget, or playing to 10,000 people at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, LIONIZE always seems to look for a challenge. Space Pope And The Glass Machine (2008) revealed their affinity for reggae. Destruction Manual (2011) and their last album Superczar And The Vulture (2011) broadened into a more multifaceted musical direction by incorporating rock, soul and blues influences–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke–that became the proverbial keys for taking the Weathermaker Music machine out for a late night joyride. LIONIZE first supported Clutch in 2006 and they found a shared regard of music as a sacred cultural and intellectual art form, particularly jazz and rock and roll. That bond endeared the younger band to their seasoned patrons. Weathermaker Music–the label established by Clutch–eventually signed the band and the forthcoming JETPACK SOUNDTRACK is their first release of a new artist on the label.

Read the Q&A with LIONIZE frontman NATE BERGMAN on ArtistDirect here: http://tinyurl.com/matol3v.

Watch the video for “Dr. Livingston” (off their previous Superczar and the Vulture album) featuring cameos from H.R. of Bad Brains, CKY’s Jess Margera, the Pietasters and the 9.30 Club Crew.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtKHAHTW78

For LIONIZE publicity, contact:

Libby Coffey/MSO PR

818-380-0400 x224

LCoffey@msopr.com

 

Bari Lieberman/MSO PR

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Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Jack

Lionize “Jetpack Soundtrack” out today!

LIONIZE

ROCK AND BLUES TRIO PREMIERE NEW ALBUM

‘JETPACK SOUNDTRACK’

AND Q&A WITH FRONTMAN NATE BERGMAN

TODAY ON ARTIST DIRECT

 

 ‘JETPACK SOUNDTRACK’

 OUT TODAY, FEBRUARY 18 ON WEATHERMAKER MUSIC

 LIONIZE photo: http://www.msopr.com/n/client-roster/lionize/?cmd=downloads.

 “Mixing ’70s-influenced hard rock with funky grinding dub into a rather intoxicating brew, DC outfit Lionize offers a surprisingly strong departure… guitar textures trade between fuzzy distorted riffs, wet drops of wah wah notes and piercing fret-jumping solos, thick bass and heavy organ create a robust bed of dub-laced grooves, and the tuneful sandpaper-chafed vocals of Nate Bergman wheels over top of it all. Lionize has earned much street cred in their eight-year tenure, serving as touring band for Lee “Scratch” Perry, warming up the stage on tour with such diverse and respected acts as Bad Brains and Galactic, playing both Bonnaroo and the Vans Warped Tour and issuing albums all throughout.”

CREATIVE LOAFING (1/20/14)

 Hailing from Silver Spring, MD–near the Washington, D.C. stomping ground of their hardcore idols–rock, soul and blues trio LIONIZE have unleashed their new album JETPACK SOUNDTRACK today, February 18.  Co-produced by Jean-Paul Gaster, drummer of the rock group Clutch, and Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey, JETPACK SOUNDTRACK has been released on Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rock group Clutch. Listen to the full album on ArtistDirect today and read the Q&A with LIONIZE frontman NATE BERGMAN here: http://tinyurl.com/matol3v.

 On JETPACK SOUNDTRACK, LIONIZE create an 11-song journey through the group’s multi-faceted musical influences–spanning heavy rock, soul and blues–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke. The album’s first single “Reality Check” showcases LIONIZE’s precise musicianship; they smoothly shift gears and smack you with a gargantuan hook at an exhilarating pace.  Listen to “Reality Check” here: https://soundcloud.com/lionizemusic.

Currently in the midst of their U.S. tour, LIONIZENATE BERGMAN (vocals/guitar), HENRY UPTON (bass/vocal) and CHRIS BROOKS (keyboards & vocals)–will head out for headline shows as well as gigs supporting Clutch and Umphrey’s McGhee before hopping on a major festival this summer to be announced in early March. The current dates for LIONIZE are below.

Read the full ArtistDirect interview with LIONIZE vocalist and guitarist NATE BERGMAN: http://tinyurl.com/matol3v

What were the pivotal albums in your life, growing up?

A few albums shook me to the core growing up Creedence Clearwater Revivals’ Cosmo’s Factory, Led Zeppelin IV, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Moondance, Bob Marley and the Wailers Uprising, Parliament’s Mothership Connection, The Beatles Rubber Soul and Sam Cooke Compilations. The list is too big, but when I was 10-years-old my parents gave me their turntable and speakers and about 200 vinyl albums ranging from Jazz, Classical, Folk and Reggae to Blues and Classic Rock. It was a treasure chest for me–and it’s still the cornerstone of my collection. My musical taste grew out from that point on. I’d hear Led Zeppelin and wonder who their influences were and so forth. That’s when Blues and Jazz comes into play, and where I still spend a lot of dollars of discovery at the record store in those sections.

On JETPACK SOUNDTRACK, you’ve diversified and it’s reflected in the music. It’s a mix of heavy rock, soul and even some blues. What inspired you to keep musically expanding?

At the core of our nature and most of the bands we admire is the need to explore and evolve. The second you’re happy with the sound and what you’re doing it’s the end of creativity and the life of the band. Touring with as many different types of bands as we have, like Steel Pulse, Bad Brains, Clutch–you get a sense of evolution and expansion with those bands from tour to tour and album to album. We are musical sponges in terms of being open by what we’re seeing live and listening to in the van. You wouldn’t believe how deep you get when you tour with a band and begin to share each others’ taste in late night sessions. You get a sense of what turns them on and you can turn them on to what influences you. It’s a continuously growing venture.

What would you like for people to take away from listening to JETPACK SOUNDTRACK?

I can’t decide what they should take away from it–I just hope it takes them somewhere. We wanted to create an interesting sonic journey, and hopefully it’s catchy and fun. I want people to have a good time with it.

LIONIZE is the only artist aside from renowned rockers Clutch signed to Weathermaker Music, describe how that happened.

We have been touring on and off with Clutch for the better part of 7 or 8 years. We’ve gone from very low on the package to direct support, and on a personal and musical level we all get along. We are into the same stuff, and I believe at the end of the day we are similar in our attitude towards music. It’s no nonsense, no glitz or glam. It’s rock and roll and it’s funky and it’s working. We’ve always had an above average work ethic and when we met those guys it was a huge inspiration to see that hard work does pay off. They are the best Rock and Roll band in the world if you ask me. I guess since signing to the label you could think that’s lip service, but we are true Clutch fans and have been long before we even started touring with them. We have worked with Jean Paul Gaster in the studio for years now as well, along with jamming and recording with Tim Sult, who plays guitar on 3 of our previous albums. Over the years the studio work morphed into Jean Paul becoming a significant portion of the recording and pre-production process and finally a true producer on this album. We went in to record the album without the intention of signing to any label at all. We had a few labels we thought about, Weathermaker being at the top of the list, but it wasn’t even on the table-we just wanted to make an incredible record and go from there. No rush, no deadline-just a great album. Clutch and Weathermaker approached us and since they’ve done wonders for promoting Clutch, it was a natural fit. It’s without a doubt the best label experience we’ve ever had and I look forward to doing this for years to come. It’s a family thing to us.

Are there any new artists you’ve heard, that are sticking out?

There’s a few artists that are new to me, but certainly not new–as most bands that have a successful career put in a decade before anyone knows them, but I think some modern bands that get play in the van are Lucero, Ben Nichol’s solo stuff, Foxy Shazam, The Black Clouds, The Sword, Mastodon, Charles Bradley, Willy Tea Taylor, Larry and His Flask… Honestly mostly older artists in general, but we do love those bands. I guess it goes without saying we are enormous Clutch fans, but they’ve been around for a hot minute.

Describe your best night on tour, ever.

Two days come to mind that were incredible. Once we opened for Steel Pulse and Lee “Scratch” Perry at Red Rocks in Denver. It was just a surreal and beautiful experience. The second was an outdoor block party we did in Chicago for the anniversary of Kumas Corner, a famous heavy metal burger joint that shuts down a block or two and has a huge concert outdoors. It was spring time, Chicago, outside. After our set which went great, we listened to Clutch behind the stage and an Ice Cream man shows up on a little push cart. Someone pulled out a twenty and bought everyone backstage ice cream and we sat and enjoyed the music and had a treat. That was a perfect tour day.

What’s the single best piece of advice that you’ve been given?

Good stuff comes from Good Stuff.

What would be your ultimate dream bill?

A great tour would be Lionize and The Black Crowes. Eventually, it can make sense and we would be a nice direct support on that bill.

What has surprised you most in your career, so far?

Almost every single thing about it…

 

 

http://lionizemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/LIONIZEMUSIC

https://twitter.com/LionizeMusic

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LIONIZE with John Brown’s Body:
Weds 2/19 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
LIONIZE Headline Dates:
Thurs 2/20 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Fri 2/21 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Thurs 3/13 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Livingroom
Fri 3/14 Philadelphia, PA MilkBoy
Mon 3/17 Knoxville, TN NV
LIONIZE with Umphrey’s McGee:
Sun 4/16 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Mon 4/17 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
Tues 4/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
Weds 4/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s Wallar Creek Ampitheatre
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Weds 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Tues 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Weds 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thurs 5/1 London Forum
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
LIONIZE at Temples Festival
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Weds 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thurs 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy

 

 

Cover artwork: http://msopr.com/files/jetpack_soundtrack_cover_art_low_res.jpeg.

 

About LIONIZE:

The Maryland-based band LIONIZE formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening to each other. Now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, unit. Whether touring extensively in the past on a limited budget, or playing to 10,000 people at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, LIONIZE always seems to look for a challenge. Space Pope And The Glass Machine (2008) revealed their affinity for reggae. Destruction Manual (2011) and their last album Superczar And The Vulture (2011) broadened into a more multifaceted musical direction by incorporating rock, soul and blues influences–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke–that became the proverbial keys for taking the Weathermaker Music machine out for a late night joyride. LIONIZE first supported Clutch in 2006 and they found a shared regard of music as a sacred cultural and intellectual art form, particularly jazz and rock and roll. That bond endeared the younger band to their seasoned patrons. Weathermaker Music–the label established by Clutch–eventually signed the band and the forthcoming JETPACK SOUNDTRACK is their first release of a new artist on the label.

 

Watch the video for “Dr. Livingston” (off their previous Superczar and the Vulture album) featuring cameos from H.R. of Bad Brains, CKY’s Jess Margera, the Pietasters and the 9.30 Club Crew.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtKHAHTW78

 LIONIZE with H.R. of Bad Brains.

For LIONIZE publicity, contact: Libby Coffey

MSO PR

818-380-0400 x224

LCoffey@msopr.com

Posted on February 19th, 2014 by Jack

lionize ” jetpack soundtrack” cd hits 2/18!

 

LIONIZE

ROCK AND BLUES TRIO TO RELEASE

‘JETPACK SOUNDTRACK’

FEBRUARY 18 ON WEATHERMAKER MUSIC

 

 

LIONIZE photo: http://www.msopr.com/n/client-roster/lionize/?cmd=downloads.

Hailing from Silver Spring, MD–near the Washington, D.C. stomping ground of their hardcore idols–rock, soul and blues trio LIONIZE will release their new album JETPACK SOUNDTRACK February 18.  Co-produced by Jean-Paul Gaster, drummer of the rock group Clutch, and Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey, JETPACK SOUNDTRACK will be released on Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rock group Clutch.

 

On JETPACK SOUNDTRACK, LIONIZE create an 11-song journey through the group’s multi-faceted musical influences–spanning heavy rock, soul and blues–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke. The album’s first single “Reality Check” showcases LIONIZE’s precise musicianship; they smoothly shift gears and smack you with a gargantuan hook at an exhilarating pace.  Listen to “Reality Check” here: https://soundcloud.com/lionizemusic.

 

Currently in the midst of their U.S. tour supporting Pepper, LIONIZENATE BERGMAN (vocals/guitar), HENRY UPTON (bass/vocal) and CHRIS BROOKS (keyboards & vocals)–will head out for headline shows as well as gigs supporting Clutch and Umphrey’s McGhee before hopping on a major festival this summer to be announced in early March. The current dates for LIONIZE are below.

 

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by Jack

lionize announce release date for “jetpack soundtrack”… new lyric video…pre sale and tour dates.

LIONIZE Announce February 18th Release Date for Jetpack Soundtrack

Pre-Orders Available Now!

 LIONIZE, the first independent artist to sign with Weathermaker Music

(the label that has, up until now, served as the exclusive platform for CLUTCH and individual band member related side projects) have confirmed a February 18th 2014 release date for their new album Jetpack Soundtrack.

The album features 11 new tracks and was jointly produced by CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and Machine (Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey.

Starting today Jetpack Soundtrack is available for pre-order HERE.  The album is available in LP (limited edition pressing of 1,000), CD and digital formats.  Several fan friendly pre-order bundles are available.

“Reality Check” is the first single from the album. It’s a showcase of LIONIZE’s precise musicianship, smoothly shifting through the gears and coming out the back end at an exhilarating pace. Its gargantuan hook comes at you with an unexpected velocity.  The lyric video for the first single from Jetpack Soundtrack, created by Agent Ogden (Clutch-Live at the 9:30 DVD/ Full Fathom Five DVD) can be viewed at www.lionizemusic.com.  The single is also available to stream via soundcloud at www.lionizemusic.com.

The band will be hitting the road in support of the new album beginning January 10th for a string of headline dates before joining up as direct support for Pepper.  These dates begin January 16th in Agoura Hills, CA and run through February 6th in Santa Ana, CA.  Following the dates with Pepper LIONIZE will play another run of headline shows beginning February 7th in Las Vegas and wrapping up on Valentine’s Day February 21st  in Pittsburgh, PA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Frontman Nate Bergman spoke on the “State of the Union” of LIONIZE:

“Coming into 2014 is the most exciting point in our careers. We are getting ready to release a record called Jetpack Soundtrack that we’ve labored over for more than a year – and the results are better than we could have expected. We wear the Weathermaker name with a great sense of pride, and we look forward to taking the album and name all over the globe and performing for fans. There’s a level of confidence that comes with being on Clutch’s label – they are simply the best rock band on the planet and are the most supportive group to team up with. Aside from the album being fantastic, we are starting the year off with an incredible tour with headlining dates leading up to a tour with Pepper. They are great dudes and the shows will be immensely fun.”

The Maryland-based band formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening — really listening — to each other. But now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, tight unit. LIONIZE still hammer out most songs in the studio and rehearsal room from the basic spark of an idea. Jetpack Soundtrack, their fifth album and first for the Weathermaker Music label, is no different.

LIONIZE on Tour:

 Headline Dates:

1/10: Keyser, WV @ Clancy’s Irish Pub

1/12: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird

1/13: Wichita, KS @ The Lizard Lounge

1/14: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

1/15: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock

 LIONIZE with Pepper:

1/16: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon Club

1/17: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company

1/18: Bakersfield, CA @ B Ryder’s

1/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

1/21: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

1/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Café

1/23: Avon, CO @ Agave

1/25: Breckenridge, CO @ Three20South

1/27: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

1/28: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

1/30: Greely, CO @ Moxi Theater

1/31: Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater

2/1: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

2/4: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

2/5: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

2/6: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Headline Dates:

2/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon

2/10: Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s

2/11: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

2/12: Sturtevant, WI @ Route 20

2/13: Detroit, MI @ The Shelter

2/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

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http://lionizemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/LIONIZEMUSIC

https://twitter.com/LionizeMusic

http://weathermakermusic.com

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by Jack

wm goes international…clutch and lionize take it uk in april 2014

UK / Germany / Ireland Tour dates announced.
April 22nd – May 9th
with special guest: Lionize.
Tickets on sale Friday, December 20th, at 9:00am.

 

Apr. 22 Newcastle 02 Academy
http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/

Apr. 23 Leeds Metropolitian Univ.  https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/event_page.php?event=Clutch

Apr.24 Manchester Academy http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/clutch-

Apr. 26 Berlin, GER Desertfest@Astra http://desertfest.tickets.de/de/events/4288-  NO LIONIZE

Apr. 29 Birmingham 02 Academy http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/clutch-

Apr. 30 Brighton Concorde 2 http://lout.gigantic.com/clutch/concorde-

May 1 London The Forum http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/clutch-

May 3 Nottingham Rock City http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/

May 4 Bristol Temples Festival@Motion http://www.templesfestival.co.uk/tickets - 

May 6 Edinburgh The Liquid Room http://www.gigsinscotland.com/homepage.aspx

May 7 Glasgow 02 ABC http://www.gigsinscotland.com/homepage.aspx

May 8 Belfast The Limelight http://www.ticketmaster.ie/

May 9 Dublin, IRE The Academy Dublin http://www.ticketmaster.ie/

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Jack

lionize new record cover being revealed, and first single off the record will be streamed christmas day…

Starting December 18th, each day leading up to Christmas, Lionize will remove the block corresponding to the date to reveal part of the upcoming album cover. On December 25th, all the blocks will be removed and the album art, release date and the 1st single off of the record will be available for listening. Come back each day to see a new piece of the album cover.

More clues leading up to Christmas day will be revealed and submitting guesses of what you think the title of the new album is could win you a signed copy.

SUBMIT GUESSES: @lionizemusic or /lionizemusic

Clues:

Each day a new clue will be given to help with the guessing. Hold on to all the answers to the clues as they will be needed to decipher the album title.

  • C1: DEC 18
  • C2: DEC 19
  • C3: DEC 20
  • C4: DEC 21
  • C5: DEC 22
  • C6: DEC 23
  • C7: DEC 24

Enter Lionizemusic.com »»

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Jack

lionize confirms tour dates with “pepper”

Date City St Venue Ticket Link
Thu/Jan-16 Agoura Hills CA The Canyon Club http://www.ticketmaster.com/pepper-agoura-hills-california-01-16-2014/event/09004B7ABB37530C?artistid=708952&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=artist_msg-0_09004B7ABB37530C
Fri/Jan-17 San Luis Obispo CA SLO Brewing Company http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3945974
Sat/Jan-18 Bakersfield CA B Ryder’s http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3930784
Sun/Jan-19 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades http://aceofspades.queueapp.com/events/1228
Tue/Jan-21 Boise ID Knitting Factory Concert House http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3930844
Wed/Jan-22 Salt Lake City UT Lo-Fi Cafe http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/434059/tfly
Thu/Jan-23 Avon CO Agave http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/436797/tfly
Sat/Jan-25 Breckenridge CO Three20South http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/437305/tfly
Mon/Jan-27 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen http://bellyupaspen.frontgatesolutions.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=88905&eid=99677
Tue/Jan-28 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3944764
Thu/Jan-30 Greeley CO Moxi Theater http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3944594
Fri/Jan-31 Boulder CO Fox Theatre http://foxtheatre.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=88854&eid=99621
Sat/Feb-01 Grand Junction CO Mesa Theater & Club http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3946424
Tue/Feb-04 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern http://bellyupsolanabeach.frontgatesolutions.com/choose.php?lid=88811
Wed/Feb-05 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern http://bellyupsolanabeach.frontgatesolutions.com/choose.php?lid=88814
Thu/Feb-06 Santa Ana CA The Observatory http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3943774
Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Jack

clutch nails UK “best of 2013″… UK dtaes planned… australian headline shows selling fast.

December 10, 2013

 

CLUTCH Receives Global Accolades for Earth Rocker

#1 Album Of The Year 2013 In Metal Hammer UK

#2 Album in Classic Rock UK

 

 

 2013 has been quite a year for Maryland Rockers CLUTCH. In March they released Earth Rocker, their 10th studio album. Earth Rocker was recorded, mixed and produced by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb of God) at The Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey.  Earth Rocker garnered the band their highest Billboard Chart Number to date and was met with rave reviews and incredible fan reaction worldwide.  As the year comes to a close, publications release their annual lists of the best albums, and it should be no surprise that CLUTCH’s Earth Rocker is featured prominently in many of them, both Nationally and Internationally.

Metal Hammer UK (one of the premier international metal publications) has named Earth Rocker its #1 Album of 2013. In Classic Rock Magazine’s (UK) poll, Earth Rocker comes in at #2 Album of 2013 only behind the legendary Black Sabbath.  Spain’s Rock Zone Magazine named CLUTCH their “Band of the Year”. Sweden’s Close Up Magazine ranked Earth Rocker at #13 in their best albums of 2013 list.  Earth Rocker placed highly in the top metal and rock album lists in many other publications and websites including The Village Voice, New Noise Magazine, Metal Sucks, LoudwirePop Matters and Noisecreep to name a few.

 We are really happy to hear that Earth Rocker has made so many best of 2013 lists. Our shows this past year have been among the biggest and best of our history. The overwhelming response from our fans both old and new has meant the most to us. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014!” says singer Neil Fallon. 

 In December, between Christmas and New Years, CLUTCH will be back on the road for their traditional holiday shows. Support on the holiday shows will come from Into Another, The Mike Dillon Band and Lionize.  Touring will continue in January with dates set from the 2nd in Asheville, NC to the 19th in Flint, MI.  All dates and links to purchase tickets can be found below.  The Sword and Crobot will provide support on these dates.

 

February 2014 will see CLUTCH head down under to Australia as they take part in the 2014 Soundwave Festival.  In addition to the Soundwave dates, CLUTCH will be playing a handful of headlining Australian shows.  These shows are set for February 20th in Sydney at The Metro, February 21st in Brisbane at The Zoo and February 27th in Melbourne at Prince Bandroom.  Tickets for the headline dates are selling fast and the shows are anticipated to sell out! Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for these shows to not miss out!  A poster for the Australian tour can be viewed HERE

 CLUTCH is currently booking a full UK tour that will start April 22nd and run through May 9th in Ireland.  Confirmed dates, support and tickets links will be posted shortly at http://www.pro-rock.com.

 CLUTCH’s Earth Rocker Live is now available in stores and online at the CLUTCH Merch Store.  This special and limited collectors’ item is a double vinyl picture disc set. The first LP is the studio version of Earth Rocker.  The second LP consists of live versions of the same tracks in the same sequence as the original.  This is not a live recording of one show. The individual tracks of the live version were recorded at different shows throughout the band’s May 2013 US tour: Houston and San Antonio (TX), Lincoln (NE), Indianapolis (IN) and Fargo (ND).  The stunning artwork displays the four Indian heads from the original package in all their colorful beauty: one for each side.

 Holiday Tour Dates:

With Into Another and The Mike Dillon Band

12/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

12/28: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

With Into Another and Lionize

12/29: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

12/30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

12/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Music hall of Williamsburg

 2014 Dates:

With The Sword and Crobot

1/2/14: Ashville, NC @ The Orange Peel

1/3/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

1/4/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

1/5/14: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

1/7/14: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City

1/9/14: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever

1/10/14: Buffalo. NY @ Town Ballroom
1/11/14: Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater

1/12/14: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

1/13/14: Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street

1/15/14: State College, PA @ Levels

1/16/14: Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater

1/17/14: Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live NO THE SWORD   SOLD OUT

1/18/14: Huntington, WV @ V Club

1/19/14: Flint. MI @ The Machine Shop SOLD OUT

 ** The Sword not on this date **

 

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

2/20/14: Sydney, Australia @ The Metro*  

2/21/14: Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo*

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane

2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney

2/27/14: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince Bandroom*  SOLD OUT

2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne

3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide

3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

 *Headline Dates*

 

Follow CLUTCH on Twitter @ClutchOfficial

 Like CLUTCH on Facebook

 For More Info Visit:

http://www.earthrocker.com

http://www.pro-rock.com

http://weathermakermusic.com/

http://www.clutchmerch.com

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Jack

clutch “earth rocker” double vinyl picture disc is stores now!… australian headline dates announced…

November 26, 2013

CLUTCH Earth Rocker Live Double Vinyl Picture Disc – In Stores Now!

Australian Headline Dates Confirmed

 CLUTCH’s Earth Rocker Live is now available in stores and online at the CLUTCH Merch Store.  This special and limited collectors’ item is a double vinyl picture disc set. The first LP is the studio version of Earth Rocker.  The second LP consists of live versions of the same tracks in the same sequence as the original.  This is not a live recording of one show. The individual tracks of the live version were recorded at different shows throughout the band’s May 2013 US tour: Houston and San Antonio (TX), Lincoln (NE), Indianapolis (IN) and Fargo (ND).  The stunning artwork displays the four Indian heads from the original package in all their colorful beauty: one for each side.

In December, between Christmas and New Years, CLUTCH will be back on the road for their traditional holiday shows. Support on the holiday shows will come from Into Another, The Mike Dillon Band and Lionize.  Touring will continue in January with dates set from the 2nd in Asheville, NC to the 19th in Flint, MI.  All dates and links to purchase tickets can be found below.  The Sword and Crobot will provide support on these dates.

February 2014 will see CLUTCH will head down under to Australia as they take part in the 2014 Soundwave Festival.  In addition the Soundwave dates, CLUTCH has confirmed a handful of headlining Australian shows.  These shows are set for February 20th in Sydney at The Metro, February 21st in Brisbane at The Zoo and February 27th in Melbourne at Prince Bandroom.   A poster for the Australian tour can be viewed HERE.

Thursday 20th February      The Metro                             NSW

www.metrotheatre.com.au

624 George Street, SYDNEY

Tickets $50 + bf from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CLUTCH14

Doors open 8pm

Friday 21st February            The Zoo                                  QLD

711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Tickets $50 + bf available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=40273

Doors open 8pm

Thursday 27th February      Prince Bandroom                  VIC   SOLD OUT

29 Fitzroy Street St Kilda, MELBOURNE

www.princebandroom.com.au

Tickets $50 + bf from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=40268

Doors open 8pm

Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster is looking forward to the band’s return to Australia:

“Can’t wait to get back to Australia. It’s been a while… The band is looking forward to the Soundwave Festival as well as the headline dates. We ready to rock any stage Down Under: big or small.”

CLUTCH has confirmed one final date for their January tour.  The show will be in Flint, MI at The Machine Shop on January 19th.  Tickets for fan club members go on sale tomorrow and to the general pubic this weekend.  Direct ticket link for public on sale friday…http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/homePageSearch.do?method=showPerformanceDetail&performance_id=1775343&search_source=etix

Check the link HERE for your chance to purchase a very limited Earth Rocker Charity Snare Drum signed by the band.  Only five of these were produced and 100 % of all the proceeds will go to charity.

 

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Jack

lionize tour dates and new series of behind the scenes videos on making of the new record posted

November 26, 2013

 LIONIZE North American Tour Dates Start December 5th

Video Featuring First Samples of New Music Available Now

LIONIZE will be hitting the road beginning December 5th supporting Spacehog and Sponge.  LIONIZE will then play two headline shows and select dates supporting Clutch. The band will be playing songs from their upcoming new album as well as LIONIZE favorites.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

Singer/Guitarist Nate Bergman spoke about getting back out on tour and showcasing their new material:

“We are really looking forward to getting back on tour, hitting some of our favorite cities and playing these new songs. We are beyond happy to have seen the reaction from fans towards the new material from the last tour, and we are adding even more to the rotation this time around. This is really just the tip of the iceberg for the anticipation towards the release of the new record for 2014.”

It was recently annouced that LIONIZE have signed to Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rockers Clutch (Distributed by RED).  LIONIZE is the first independent artist to sign with Weathermaker Music, a label that has, up until now, served as the exclusive platform for all things CLUTCH and individual band member related side projects.  The album was jointly produced by CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and Machine at the Machine Shop and is set for release in the first quarter of 2014.

LIONIZE filmed a series of videos documenting the recording process of their new album.  The second video in the series has now been posted at www.lionizemusic.com and can also be viewed on the LIONIZES’ YouTube Channel HERE.  This video features frontman Nate Bergman talking about Jean-Paul Gaster’s (Clutch) involvement in the forthcoming LIONIZE record and how Machine was a “coach” during the recording process. Listen close for a few teasers of the new tracks from the new record.

 The first video in the series (which can be seen HERE) features Jean-Paul Gaster and Machine as they speak about the recording and production process. Their high praise of LIONIZES‘ skillful song-writing and agile musicality bodes well for this project.

LIONIZE on Tour:

 Supporting Spacehog and Sponge:

12/5: Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium

12/6: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

12/7: New York, NY @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall

12/8: Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall

12/10: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater

12/11: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

12/12: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

12/13: Sturtevant, WI @ Route 20

12/14: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

12/15: Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

 Headline Dates:

12/27: Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head (Free Show)

12/28: Erie, PA @ The Crooked I (Tickets at Door Only)

 Supporting CLUTCH:

12/29: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

12/30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

12/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Music hall of Williamsburg

 

For More Info Visit:

http://lionizemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/LIONIZEMUSIC

https://twitter.com/LionizeMusic

http://weathermakermusic.com

Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Jack
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