I had the chance to chat with the alternative rock group, His Dream of Lions, from Fairfax, VA recently and learn about their future plans and some pretty cool facts about the band. Check out what they had to say and what will be coming for them!
What inspired the initial formation of His Dream of Lions?
Our guitar player Nick was trying to put a band together and pretty much just assembled the best players he knew at the time. I think we were all just looking for a fun project to work on, but it took off when we started to get more show offers.
Where does the name His Dream of Lions come from?
The name draws its inspiration from the Ernest Hemingway novel The Old Man and The Sea. In the story the old man has reoccurring dreams of lions on the beach. The lions are meant to represent a sense of adventure the old man once had, or is still trying to cling onto. By taking on the name His Dream of Lions, we are reminded of the fact that life is about the experience. Events that are difficult to contend with usually leave us with more than what we had. The band will have its ups and downs, but in the end we’ll be glad it’s something we chased.
Where did the inspiration for the EP, Part One, come from, particularly the track, “Saratoga”?
The EP was inspired by our love of bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, The All American Rejects etc. We were all in middle school when that kind of music was in, and it never really left us. We wanted the EP to be something that would hold its own lyrically and instrumentally. Honest, but not trite. When writing Saratoga I was really inspired by Leonard Cohen’s writings. His work has this weight to it that kind of brings you to your knees. At its core Saratoga is a song about admitting your flaws, feeling the shame, and then embracing it.
How does it feel having the EP be already such a hit?
We had been sitting on this material since the start of the band. Finally putting this record out has been a huge relief for us. Before we were scared that no one would really be into our songs, but the reactions we’ve been getting have been awesome. The radio success we’ve had thus far has been amazing as well. The opening track off the EP, “Novel”, is #12 on the NMW Top 40 Chart, and #11 on the NMW Hot 100 Singles Chart.
What was it like working with artists such as Aaron Carter, There For Tomorrow and Joe Robinson?
Very cool! Its strange to go from being a fan of an artist as a kid, to playing a show with them. Strange but awesome.
What can fans expect on the upcoming record “Part Two”?
Part One and Part Two were originally one big album that we recorded in the summer of 2013. I think listeners can expect to hear the second half of a complete thought. Lush, anthemic, and hard-hitting throughout.
What are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, All Time Low.
What has been your greatest tour experience so far?
We played a show in PA where they paid us in shipping boxes full of Mike & Ikes.
What do you guys like to do when you’re not working on music together?
When were not playing music we like to ride around on our scooters, and sword fight with wiffle bats
Interview by Taylor Hancock
Album artwork from His Dream of Lions Facebook, here!