Scribe Amidst the Lions Check Out Betty’s Back Door
Photo at left: from Backdoor Betty video
Scribe Amidst the Lions have a new 6-track EP, The Lidless Kind. “This one was completely recorded, produced, and mixed by the band at our own Controls for the Sun Studio,” says bandleader Kris Towne. “We’ll also do a digital package on flashdrive and DVD, with music videos, high quality audio waves, photos, lyrics, and behind the scenes video footage.”
The first single "Backdoor Betty" comes with a just-released video, shot in and around San Diego beaches, freeways, and alleys. Locals who make cameos in the vid include Parker & the Numberman and DJ Gonzo.
“At first approach,” says Dan Harumi of Brilliant Something Records, “Backdoor Betty, with its raucous, vaudevillian rhythm, sounds like a light ode to a peep show. But a more careful listen yields a more nuanced theme, which the band describes as the struggle for something pure, something worth the effort and sacrifice it will always carry with it. Behind a fun beat, thoughtful minds are at work."
Within the EP's short span, the band's sonic capabilities are displayed, if not entirely explored: haunting, textured (“Hot Chameleon” and “Rest Gentlemen”), fully charged superhero rock (“Listening In”), and thoughtful balladeering (“Neckwell”). Whereas in the past, the band has explored themes of political machinery in the modern world, the Lidless Kind turns the focus to the politics within, and the thing that seems to separate the two.
“The lidless eye is always open.”
Scribe Amidst the Lions used to be called Split Infinity. They changed the name after discovering it had been claimed by several other groups, not to mention a series of novels.
The band earned a bit of notoriety in December 2008 for their song "Evil Santa: Ballad of the Brothers Claus," offered as a free download on their website. Not everyone was amused by a Killer Claus.
Their 2010 three-part project The Last Sting Trilogy was planned to unfold over three maxi-singles, to be released over a nine month period and available on vinyl and digital formats. “We decided to take a full length album and break it up into three different parts,” says Towne. “Money and the Mouth is the first chapter, followed six months later with Land and the Law, and three months after that Climax and Conflict…we want to bring back the golden era of records and B-sides!”
The band is nominated for Best Rock at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards.
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