Alternative rock group His Dream Of Lions have released countless EP's including their upcoming forth entitlement "Pseudo Star", with current single "Love Me Like I'm Sick" with more singles and videos to follow suit of course. His Dream Of Lions have got lots of shows in-store for this year, with more music underway if the demand awaits it. The band got together to discuss these matters of the EP, tunes, and more!
1. First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘His Dream of Lions’ perfectly decribes your music and philosophy?
The band came together in the Spring of 2012. Nick had called me up asking if I would come try out for his new band and I said sure why not. It just clicked. Later on we brought in Colby and Justin from some other projects to complete the lineup. And yes I think the band name really stands to represent why were here and doing this. Also to try and encourage other to get out there and really go for their passion.
2. What are His Dream of Lions’ musical and non-musical influences?
We draw a lot on the big alternative rock bands of the 2000’s. My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, All American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World and so on. We also draw a lot of inspiration from film, and of course our own life experiences.
3. How would you describe the arrange of topics that goes into the lyrics behind your music creation?
I’d say that His Dream Of Lions talks about things that we all go through, just filtered through a pretty distinct layer of humor and ambiguity. At the end of the day all we have is our own lives so we write about that.
4. Let us talk about, why you wanted to release such an assortment of EP releases, EP, after EP, and more EP releases, instead of a full-length album?
There wasn’t any grand design behind it really just made the most sense from a business perspective. Its less material with lower costs of production. Plus when you’re a smaller band like us its better not to overwhelm people with more material than they’re likely to actually listen to.
5. Your EP's of "Part One" and "Part Two" were a combo that connected, then that connection was terminated, why was the connection continued into Part Three and Part Four with the other EP's that followed?
Part One and Part Two were recorded as a full length that was then split into two releases. We told the story we wanted to tell and were ready to move on. I think the band’s sound has changed so much as well that it wouldn’t make sense to keep going with that particular narrative. We also wanted to say things that had more relevance to our lives and the bands life right now.
6. The third EP took the "self-titled" mark, so since the EP received this treatment will any future full-length receive it as well?
Maybe… it’s hard to say at this point. I think whenever we put out a record from now on there will be a title associated with it and a concrete message for the listeners to think about.
7. "Pseudo Star" is the fourth EP in the array of EP releases released thus far, so how does this one differ, compare, and come into equality to the previous releases?
I think this record represents the most realized version of our band so far where were really coming into our own style as a group and players. Whenever you’re doing something creative the hope is to one up your last effort each time around. We’re very proud of this record and think it’ll serve as a really interesting stepping stone to wherever we end up next.
8. "Pseudo Star" had with it, an accompanying single turned video titled "Love Me Like I'm Sick", tell me about why this song was picked out, what is the song about and how would you describe the video as well?
"Love Me Like I’m Sick", was the first song we went to record, and was actually the track that moved us to write a full EP. We had also been playing the tune on warped tour and had a really great response so the decision was pretty easy. The video is very colorful while still being dark, which I think sums up the vibe of the band and this record. We wanted to make something that was less of a narrative and more of an art experiment. The video was designed to capture the sound of the record in a visual sense.
9. Will there be anymore songs taken from the "Pseudo Star" EP made into a single and or video?
Yes absolutely, can't say for sure right now but it’s definitely in the cards.
10. While this EP is on the fence for now, will there be future material made into the form of a full-length, or will you be sticking to the EP approach?
All depends on how this next record does, if there’s demand for another record then we will certainly consider another.
11. What else can we expect to see from you guys, for this year that is 2018?
Shows shows and more shows!
12. Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
You guys are all awesome, thank you for supporting us so far. Without you there is no HDOL, so thank you.