Jessica Bristow 11 a.m., April 17
RIYL: Boy King, New Kinetics, Marco Polo, Wild Wild Wets
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Lions Out of the Cage" · June 4, 2014
- "Record Release Roundup" · Nov. 20, 2013
Inception: San Diego, 2013
Formed in 2013, psychedelic rockers Soft Lions feature Megan Liscomb of Boy King, backed by Jon Bonser (New Kinetics) and Marco Polo singer/keyboardist Lex Pratt (formerly of Wild Wild Wets). Their debut EP No Peace was released in Autumn 2013.
Said Liscomb at the time, “It will be mainly a digital release. However, if you attend one of our shows, you can get a copy of a limited-run ’zine we are printing to go with the EP containing artwork and lyrics from the band...the songs are intimate in perspective and vary in sound from sparse arrangements to heavy psych.”
“For me, the band has become a highly functional creature that started with just a lot of fur and claws, but now is growing paws and a strong tail that all three of us move,” says Pratt, whose lilting background vocals provides a saccharine counterpoint to Liscomb’s nasally admissions.
Their Earth Energy EP was released in June 2014. “I had a personal breakthrough and I made a conscious decision to be more open and vulnerable in my songwriting and in performances than I have ever been,” says Liscomb. “I also wrote some songs that are still so raw they scare me.”
The EP release was followed by a video for EP opener “Diary,” along with a ’zine of art and writings by Liscomb, Pratt, and drummer Jon Bonser.