Members: Chris: Guitar/Vocals; Sean: Guitar; Enzo: Bass; Jeff: Drums, Organ
Due to demand for rock that rolls, L.I.T.S. have played with Jet, Kings of Leon, Ambulance LTD, The Dirtbombs, The Ponys, The Zutons, and Robbers on High Street, and a bunch of others. Look for their songs and videos online. Its your chance to side with art against commerce, with good against evil, with the little guy against the big guy, and with rock and roll against everything else.
This Vancouver four's bio includes several reviews comparing them to the Rolling Stones, and yes sirree, there's plenty of Exile on Main Street, Goat's Head Soup, and It's Only Rock and Roll sons-of-Chuck-Berry riffage going on. There're even similar harmonies and aching "Moonlight Mile" or "Angie" -like balladry in "Feels Like a Long Time" and "Lady Blue". But the thing is, this basement eight-track recording is the punky edge the Stones stopped rollin' after Some Girls. And there's a solid R&B base that takes in a little Dave Edmunds, Eddie & The Hotrods, Ducks Deluxe, and Berry himself, especially on the saucy opener, "Already Gone." (And there's a little Faces in the blues of "You're Gonna Lose.") If you can't be new, be great at the time-tested old.
The Nerve Magazine
These guys are recovering from one of those life-changing , major label near misses, apparently. Whatever happened out there, the songwriting has sure gotten leaner since the last time I heard 'em, when they were called the Years. And boy do they ever look like they sound. The time warp is so strong on Lions in the Street that it almost feels naughty to enjoy it so much, but if Faces/Stones is your bag, they're doing it waaaaay better than most. Good for both pub and convertible, like a British rock band trying to sound like mellow Americans in 1973. That's still considered fun in some people's homes, and certainly in mine. Grab it all for free from their website, you lucky people.
The Georgia Straight
Cat Got Your Tongue (Independent)
The hipper-than-thou worms at Magnet certainly nailed Lions in the Street when they described the band as What the Stones were, what the Dandy Warhols shouldve been. The five-song Cat Got Your Tongue sounds like lost tracks from the sessions for Some Girls, a record that quite arguably stands as the Glimmer Twins finest moment. All street-fighting guitars and sucking-in-the-70s vocals, the only knock on the EP is that Lions in the Street sound more like vintage Jagger and Richards than they do a band playing original material. In other words, they do the Rolling Stones better in 2006 than the Rolling Stones themselves. Still, the final track on Cat Got Your Tongue a thundering acid-blooze explosion titled Youre Gonna Lose suggests that Lions in the Street are already on their way to finding a sound thats truly their own. When they do, these guys may well be unstoppable.