Lion Bear Fox is playing Nanaimo's Port Theatre on Saturday.

Lion Bear Fox album release party at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre this weekend

Lion Bear Fox’s musical talents shine on a new album sure to bring the Port Theatre audience to its feet this weekend.

Recorded over 10 long and emotional days, Lion Bear Fox’s musical talents shine on a new album sure to bring the Port Theatre audience to its feet this weekend.

“We’re a band that wants to go out spreading positivity and this album even on the more sombre sounding songs it always offers a glimmer of hope,” said Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon who represents the Fox in the trio.

“That’s one of the things I love about coming home, it’s that the community looks after each other.”

The band formed in 2012 after successful individual solo careers and released the self-produced album We’d Be Good Men which help name them among the top 20 unsigned bands for B.C.’s Peak Performance Project.

The new self-titled LP represents its first full length album.

It combines folk, rock, gospel and even a bit of soul, reflecting the genres each band member listens to for inspiration.

“Somehow we’re able to create this gumbo of all these different ingredients and influences that we draw from. None of us ever sit down and decide I’m going to write a folk song today,” McMahon said.

Born in Chemainus and now living in Ladysmith, McMahon and the band have been on the road since early March touring the album but this Saturday’s show marks the official release of the album which came out on Feb. 17.

A lot of work went into making the self-titled record that was recorded over ten days in Duncan during the winter of 2016 at Woodshop Studios.

“All of us were able to serve the song. The song rules, that was sort of our motto,” McMahon said.

The trio joined together with Vancouver friend and producer Nygel Asselin who is best known for his work on Half Moon Run’s debut album.

“We were finding that we really needed that extra voice from someone outside the band who could steer the ship in the right direction,” McMahon said. “It was an emotional ten days, 15 to 16 hours each, and the result is something that we’re all proud of.”

Asselin is a fan “big washy reverbs and sonically chilling landscapes” which theRecorded over 10 long and emotional days, Lion Bear Fox’s musical talents shine on a new album sure to bring the Port Theatre audience to its feet this weekend.

“We’re a band that wants to go out spreading positivity and this album even on the more sombre sounding songs it always offers a glimmer of hope,” said Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon who represents the Fox in the trio.

“That’s one of the things I love about coming home, it’s that the community looks after each other.”

The band formed in 2012 after successful individual solo careers and released the self-produced album We’d Be Good Men which help name them among the top 20 unsigned bands for B.C.’s Peak Performance Project.

The new self-titled LP represents its first full length album.

It combines folk, rock, gospel and even a bit of soul, reflecting the genres each band member listens to for inspiration.

“Somehow we’re able to create this gumbo of all these different ingredients and influences that we draw from. None of us ever sit down and decide I’m going to write a folk song today,” McMahon said.

Born in Chemainus and now living in Ladysmith, McMahon and the band have been on the road since early March touring the album but this Saturday’s show marks the official release of the album which came out on Feb. 17.

A lot of work went into making the self-titled record that was recorded over ten days in Duncan during the winter of 2016 at Woodshop Studios.

“All of us were able to serve the song. The song rules, that was sort of our motto,” McMahon said.

The trio joined together with Vancouver friend and producer Nygel Asselin who is best known for his work on Half Moon Run’s debut album.

“We were finding that we really needed that extra voice from someone outside the band who could steer the ship in the right direction,” McMahon said. “It was an emotional ten days, 15 to 16 hours each, and the result is something that we’re all proud of.”

Asselin is a fan “big washy reverbs and sonically chilling landscapes” which the group worked into the nine song tracklist which includes the single Battle of Me as well as Walk You Home – which McMahon wrote for his wife and band manager Cathleen.

“It’s a song about ripping down your old house and putting up a new one that’s going to work for both parties and making sure you’re not two strangers passing each other in the hallway,” he said.

“We’re still our favourite people to be around.”

See www.porttheatre.com for tickets.

 

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