Indie Rock (Cincinnati)
Every time The Lions Rampant take the stage, the sounds roaring out of the speakers are a blurred combination of an amphetamine-fueled garage band practice and a Guantanamo Q&A with a truck battery jumper cabled to a pair of wet testicles. Stuart MacKenzie is like distilled essence of adrenaline, a human tornado of slashing guitar chords and gale force vocals, all on safari in pursuit of the rarest of all creatures: a blistering anthem with a red hot hook. Soledad Brother Johnny Walker has joined the Lions’ fold; could this band get any crazier? MacKenzie hasn’t run out of gears yet. Stay way tuned.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Crazy Garage Rock, heavy on the Garage, extra heavy on the Rock and really put all your weight on the Crazy. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)