A Scribe Amidst the Lions calling it quits
Band breakup just weeks after releasing finale of 3-album trilogy
"After many years of creating some of the best music and memories of our lives, A Scribe Amidst the Lions is saying goodbye," according to an email blast from A Scribe Amidst the Lions. "We want to thank all of you who made this 8 year festival unforgettable."
"The dramatic side of me wants to say something poetic...But I won't. No I do not like green eggs and ham."
The split comes as a surprise to many, given the band just released the final chapters of its three-album Last Sting Trilogy trilogy in December.
A 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.
“We’re the original bad luck band,” says singer/guitarist Kristofer Towne. “If there’s a way to step in crap, we usually find it.”
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 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. Instead, it took nearly three years to complete and release.
A new 6-track EP was released in July 2011, The Lidless Kind, recorded, produced, and mixed by the band at Controls For The Sun Studios, and mastered by Joe Goodwin at Capricorn Studios. “This one was completely recorded, produced, and mixed by the band at our own Controls for the Sun Studio,” says 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.”
In December 2011, they released a split seven-inch vinyl with Mexican capital natives Split Sour, on La Escalara Records.
When their full-length Last Sting Trilogy Volumes II & III dropped in December 2012 with a release party at the the Casbah, Towne told the Reader "This is by far the strangest album we've ever made...I mean, it's out there man! In a lot of ways, I feel like this particular record will alienate people as much as it will attract, and I'm actually kind of excited about that. Not giving a shit whether people like it or not is a really nice feeling and something new for me."
The band actually started most of the songs three years ago (Volume 1 was released in 2010), but decided to shelf volumes II and III and put out other albums, based on financial reasons. Says Towne, "The trilogy was intended to be a three part vinyl series, but the realities of pressing and releasing vinyls on our own became very clear after the first one."
Guest players on the album include Chris Block (trumpet), Steven Ball (violin, viola), Joey Nelson (Trombone), and Lucina González from Black Hondo supplying guest vocals on "Where is the Wolf."
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