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Wounded Lion (LA, In the Red), FNU Clone, Toads at the Hemlock Tavern, SF

  • Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

WOUNDED LION is a scrappy pop formation with more layers than one might think. The LA-based quintet artfully blends crunchy guitar chug and caveman thud with buoyant pop melody and deceptively simple lyrics, uncovering wonky pop gems along the way. The songs hint at melancholy but simultaneously offer infectious choruses and exuberant grooves. The resulting sound is fresh, despite celebrating everything from the Velvets to the Clean, with some CCR thrown in for good measure. Wounded Lion’s live shows choogle and rock, backing confident showmanship with guileless grade-schooler dance moves. The band pounds with authority, even while giving the sense that it’s just barely keeping the rock together.

“Wounded Lion’s brand of charmingly timeless pop rejects conventionally accepted aesthetics and approaches, to revel in an ecstatic indifference toward time, place, trend, and fashion [Their] formula is relatively simple. The band writes shambling, alternately silly and poignant songs that bend and twist timeless pop hooks from the sixties onward.” –Anomalous L.A.

“Screwed dystopian space punk. All alien soundtracks and DMT nightmares. Ripping riffs, hard driving bass lines, modulated vocals, and layers upon layers of synth texture and sinister sounds. A masterpiece of twisted psychedelic hate made to rot your mind and kill your speakers!!” – Total Punk

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