We Will Be Lions formed in the fall of 2012 and set out to create what The Bay Bridged termed a “dramatic and often grandiose take on what they call psychedelic glam rock.” Their debut EP You Will Be Heroes illustrates that effort with distinct traces of David Bowie, Prince and MGMT throughout. The band has matured since then. The new single Burn Me Like a Disco set for release on June 17 invokes a much more plaintive, though no less grandiose, take on psychedelic R&B. With lyrics inspired by Haruki Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance and a primal rythmic back bone, this song could be described as an existential call to arms. the band hopes to use the momentum from this single to launch a full length album project set for release by the end of 2014.
Escaping the mold of the traditional rock group, We Will Be Lions is rather a collective of creatively driven individuals with a mutual desire to transcend. Marcus Bowers (guitar, vocals), Josh Martin (keys, vocals), Hunter Wiley (bass) and Sierra Snyder (drums) have come together under the banner of a new genre that they have dubbed “San Francisco Psychedelic Glam Rock.” Their debut EP, You Will Be Heroes was recorded in March of 2013 at Tiny Telephone Studios and highlights the Bowie influenced “glamthems” they grew up listening to. As the title suggests the EP explores serious lyric themes, chiefly a call to be heroic and love each other.
We Will Be Lions were rated one of the top ten live shows of 2013 by Examiner.com. The music of We Will Be Lions has been compared to that of The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala and MGMT. They have opened for New Zealand rock stars Six60 at The Hotel Utah and Oklahoma’s Deerpeople at Cafe Du Nord. They have headlined numerous shows at venues like Elbo Room, El Rio and The Nightlight and held a five month residency at The Monarch club.