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L.A. Unheard: A House for Lions roars on new EP

April 26, 2011 |  4:00 pm

A House for Lions

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: A House for Lions, a Los Angeles quartet.

The sound: As a few minutes of listening to nostalgia-heavy KROQ will tell you, the modern rock genre is sorely in need of some fresh faces. (No offense, Weezer.) Enter A House for Lions, which plays  heartfelt, upbeat acoustic rock in the vein of the Gin Blossoms or, yes, the Goo Goo Dolls. Terminally uncool? Perhaps, but also tremendously satisfying if you're tired of rich fortysomethings (or half-baked stoner buzz bands) still singing about high school. Lead single "Let Back" is the kind of soaring anthem that would've topped VH1 countdowns for months in the summer in 1998, while "Come On Let's Go" adds pedal steel twang and Tom Petty-style lead guitars to the mix.

The details: The "I Want Us to Be Remembered" EP was self-released in March; the band plays the Bootleg Theater on Thursday.

The rest: Download a pair of tracks from A House for Lions over on Brand X.

-- David Greenwald

Photo: A House for Lions. Credit: Ward Robinson