"Three Lions" is the sensational eponymously titled debut album from this new British 3 piece rock band. The band consists of Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten, Asia) on guitar, Greg Morgan (Dare, Ten) on drums and introduces Nigel Bailey on vocals and bass guitar.
"Three Lions" features 12 brand new tracks, written by the band and also in collaboration with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on 2 songs. Recorded at The Viper Room, Coil Tap Studios in the UK and Ivory Tears Studio in Milan, this album combines massive guitar riffs and great hooks alongside driving rhythms and powerful, yet emotional vocals.
The band was formed when Vinny, Greg and Nigel were introduced by Serafino and Alessandro at Firefest in October 2012. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for the album. The first single, Trouble In A Red Dress, captures the energy of the band and is a classic foot stomping rock song with an infectious groove, soaring guitars and a chorus you have to sing along with.
The album is made up of songs that were written without an agenda. "We set out to write good songs, the only criteria was that all of us liked them" said Nigel, "Working with Vinny and Greg has been a blast and we were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record". From the eastern influenced Kathmandu, to the driving power of Hellfire Highway and Twisted Soul, to the heartfelt ballads Made For One Another and Don't Let Me Fall. This album delivers passionate performances from the guys. Vinny's trademark guitar work is, as you would expect, filled with emotion and feel. "I wanted to start with a blank canvas for the guitars" says Vinny. "This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognise". "Working with Vinny again has been great fun and Nigel brings something new to the table" said Greg. "This is definitely a record made by a band, not just a studio project, and that really comes across in the songs. We had an instant connection as musicians but also as people and we cannot wait to get out and perform these songs live soon".
Hear The Roar!!!
Nigel Bailey Ė lead vocal and bass
Greg Morgan Ė drums
Vinny Burns Ė guitars, keyboards
∑ Trouble In A Red Dress
∑ Hold Me Down
∑ Twisted Soul
∑ Winter Sun
∑ Just A Man
∑ Holy Water
∑ Two Hearts Beat As One
∑ Made For One Another
∑ Don't Let Me Fall
∑ Hellfire Highway
∑ Sicilian Kiss
Exclusive comments from Vinny Burns (first comments) & Nigel Bailey (second comments)!
Trouble In A Red Dress
We thought we would open the album with a big uptempo song. Let the lions roar. Itís straight in with big guitars and has a really great hook in the chorus. Great way to setup the album.
This was always going to be a contender to be released as our first single/ video, it sums up the band perfectly. Vinny's trademark guitar belts out some fiery phrases on this opening track. The hook and the huge harmonies on the chorus made this the obvious choice as an opener.
Hold Me Down
A little slower in tempo. We wrote this as a fun summer song. No deep meaning, just a beer in hand party song.
A fun summertime song, it's all about enjoying good times, good weather and a beer with friends.
A bit more moody. We wanted to stretch things a little more with this one. Soft intro then a big bang as the song comes in. Big drums. Classic guitar harmonies and a nice throwback to the classic rock we grew up listening to.
There is a dark side to this song, the intro kicks in with a harmonised guitar melody then drops a little before the track explodes with a massive guitar riff into the main body of the song.
Took things down a couple of notches for Winter Sun. Nice atmospheric feel with a nod to some of our previous material from past bands.
This was actually one of the first songs that Vinny and I wrote together. It a ballad about meeting the "One" and how it can change your whole outlook on life.
Just A Man
Another nod back to the classic era of the 80ís. Hammond organ, Marshall and Les Paul. Big vocals.
This song is one of a brace that were co-written by Alessandro (Del Vecchio). I love the sound of the Hammond that really compliments the riff. It has a definite 80's vibe to it.
An interesting groove on this one. Something a little different from us and our previous bands. Straight ahead rock íní roll with a more stripped back direct approach.
This track evolved whilst we were writing and turned into one of our favourites. It's a great track to play live; you can really dig in and give it some! Huge harmonies, an infectious groove and some seriously feisty guitar work.
Two Hearts Beat As One
This was the Ďproductioní song of the album. A lot more space to create the textures we wanted.
This track was also co-written by Alessandro, it's a classic boy meets girl and falls head over heels power ballad.
We wanted an epic feel for this. It was about getting the power of the verse and chorus parts across both instrumentally and vocally.
This song shows a little of our progressive side. The lyrics centre on the Nepalese capital city, the rich history of the country and one man's journey through it. It shows a different side of our tastes.
Made For One Another
A heartfelt ballad in a classic style. We have used the word classic several times on this album but we wanted to convey that whole feeling of the era we grew up with. The era when this music ruled the airwaves. This is the style of music we love so itís hard to sit down and write songs and not be influenced by what shaped us as musicians and songwriters.
Big, bombastic song for the rock clubs.
A mid tempo song about a letting someone go and then realising you made a mistake. Really catchy chorus on this one.
Donít Let Me Fall
A very strong lyric that we tried our best to wrap in music that would do it justice. Has a nice twist in the fact that it starts of in what you would think is another ballad but kicks into an uptempo rock song.
This is a song I started to write when I realised I was going to be a part of this industry. It's a note to not take things for granted, and not to get seduced by the music business I guess. I love the guitar solo on this one, Vinny excelled himself
Title says it all. A driving song in every way. High speed with one foot to the floor, music blasting and your arm round the woman you love. Great song for playing live and a big favourite of ours. Kicks in with drums, massive guitars and harmonies and stays that way until the last note.
A straightforward no nonsense rock track! Dual guitars turned up to 11, thundering drums and a sing along chorus. It tips our hat towards some of the classic British rock and metal bands from the 70's and 80's.
Moody guitar instrumental to finish the album and have a different dimension on there.
A really melodic instrumental to finish that evokes the feeling of the Mediterranean.