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Interview – Lionizer + Video

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Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

My name is Bailey Lions and I play drums in Perth indie-punk trio Lionizer.


How did the band start?

The band started when Vez (guitars/vocals) and I went to an An Horse show together. We were both playing guitar in another band that we weren’t really enjoying, and seeing An Horse tear up the stage as a two-piece lit a fire under us. If they can do it, so can we. Vez could sing better than me, and I could play the drums better than her, and so we made Lionizer.


How would you describe your band?

A blend of sarcasm and sincerity with more feelings than a dropped avocado.


If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

For me, Fuck Everything. It’s on our recently released debut album. The main concept behind the song is “we have a band, its fun, let’s stop trying to ruin something we love by turning it into a job and just enjoy it”. We don’t have to let it, so let’s not let it fuck everything up for us.


In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

Our songs are born from our experiences, and blended together with a huge range of influences. I don’t think there’s another band out there right now that sounds like us or sings about the things we’re singing about. You know, all three of us are queer, and we all love widely different styles of music, and that all comes together to form something really unique.

Mostly, I think it’s just really important for people to listen to more queer artists. I’ve heard it said in some circles that “Trans is trending” right now, but along with that comes a hole host of misinformation and outright lies about trans experiences, or just misguided attempts from cis people to portray what it’s like to be trans. I think people should be going more to the source – to actual trans people – to educate themselves on and develop empathy for these experiences.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

http://lionizer.bandcamp.com has everything. Most of our stuff is also on youtube, spotify, google play, itunes etc.

Or they can come to a show.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)? 

Yeh, we’re doing a run of shows around WA to launch the album, as well as heading over to Melbourne to play Whisk and Keys Not Fest 5 in early November. Dates:

Fri 27 Oct – Bunbury @ Indi Bar

Sat 4 Nov – Melbourne @ Reverence Bar (Not Fest 5)

Fri 10 Nov – Perth @ The Boston

Sun 19 Nov – Fremantle @ Mojos Bar


And hopefully more dates to be announced for early next year around the country.


What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band? 

Actually getting this album out. It’s been a long process from where we started to where we are now, and staying together and keeping the passion going hasn’t been easy. We’ve had a lot of people tell us we weren’t good enough, that we didn’t have what it takes, or that we weren’t “marketable”. Those voices wear you down, but nothing feels better than succeeding at something you love to do. Releasing an album, being able to go on tour, playing shows, and still just making music with my best friends, that’s our greatest achievement. We’re not chasing ARIAs or awards or accolades, we’re here because we love being here.


Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Gonna go with Australian bands since they never get enough attention.


The Skategoats – pop punk band out of Mt Gambier that are wicked fun and can really bring the feels. They have a new EP coming out soon and, having heard a few songs off that, I reckon it’s gonna blow people away.


Squid Fishing – folk / indie punk band from Tasmania with a solid pop sensibility. Their songs are very slice of lifey, with heaps of cool rhythms and light and breezy riffage.


Being Jane Lane – grunge off the Gold Coast. Heavy, early 90s influences and a solid af approach to song writing. We played with them in Brisbane and they bring it hard live.


And a few others from Perth that rule:


Flossy, Furball, Hussy, Rag’n’Bone, Axe Girl, Hell Average, Joanie Get Angry


Anything Else you’d like to add?

If anyone in Melbourne can put us up on Fri 3 and Sat 4 November that would be super helpful. Also, go make some art. It’s good for you.

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