Maryland-based reggae/rock band LIONIZE, winners of the 2010 High Times Magazine ‘Doobie Award’ for Best Reggae/Soul Record for ‘SPACE POPE AND THE GLASS MACHINE (for which they beat out such nominees as Matisyahu, Easystar Allstars and Tarrus Riley) are gearing up for the release of their new album DESTRUCTION MANUAL in early Feb. 2011 on Hardline Entertainment.
Gaining fans across the world, LIONIZE takes pride in their original sound, DIY work ethic and fiery live shows. DESTRUCTION MANUAL, (produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox) finds the band continuing its exploration of the stoner-rock, funk and reggae landscapes.
This twelve-song LP calls to mind classic reggae and rock albums with a decidedly modern spin. The band’s foundation on drums and bass are LaMel Randolgh and Henry Upton who hint at a rock-and-roll version of Sly and Robbie joined with the classic scorching Hammond organ and key sounds from Chris Brooks and the commanding guitar and vocal work of Nathan Bergman.
Reggae heavyweights David Hinds and Selwyn Brown of Steel Pulse lend their vocal talents on the track ‘Killers and Crooks’ as well as stalwart guitar work from Tim Sult of Clutch who also lends his talents throughout this record. Lionize continues to tour over 200 dates a year, having been tapped to open up for bands such as Clutch, Galactic, Steel Pulse and Bad Brains. LIONIZE also pulled double duty backing and supporting Lee “Scratch” Perry, garnering a slew of positive reviews.
Between recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse), collaborating on and off stage with artists such as Ozomatli and Chali 2na, and supporting heavy metal favorites Kylesa and cKy, the band begins 2011 on quite an auspicious note.
Despite its lack of mainstream press, the band’s loyal following expands daily. With DESTRUCTION MANUAL set to be released in early 2011, and tours supporting Authority Zero and Streetlight Manifesto on the horizon, LIONIZE continues to turn ears as a novel addition to the sonic terrain of rock and roll with its train of heavy riffs, wailing organ, and pulsating reggae.
LIONIZE contribute two tracks to a Hardline Entertainment label sampler which will be available at these upcoming shows:
Jan 13, 2011The Pit Jacksonville, FL Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 14, 2011 Sports Page Satellite Beach, FL Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 15, 2011 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 16, 2011 The Backbooth Orlando, FL Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 17, 2011 Local 662 St. Petersburg, FL Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 19, 2011 The Gig Beaumont, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 20, 2011 Tree’s Dallas, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 21, 2011 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 22, 2011 Scout Bar Houston, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 23, 2011 Emo’s Austin, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 24, 2011Club 101 El Paso, TX Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 25, 2011 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 27, 2011 The Rock Tucson, AZ Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 28, 2011 The Sound Wave San Diego, CA Supporting Authority Zero
Jan 29, 2011 Waterman’s Hermosa Beach CA
Feb 10, 2011 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 11, 2011 Pearl Street Northampton, MA Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 12, 2011 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 13, 2011 Peabody’s Down Under Cleveland, OH Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 14, 2011 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 15, 2011 Durty Nellie’s Palatine, IL Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 16, 2011 Pop’s Nightclub Sauget, IL Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 17, 2011 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 18, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 19, 2011 WECC Winnipeg, MB Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 21, 2011 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 22, 2011 Republik Calgary, AB Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 25, 2011 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 26, 2011 Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, NV Supporting Streetlight Manifesto
Feb 27, 2011 The Glasshouse Pomona, CA Supporting Streetlight Manifesto