Bendigo roots rockers Four Lions will return to Geelong next month as part of a series of summer dates to kick-start 2020. Pistol Pete’s Food N Blues, on Saturday, February 8, will be one of only a few live gigs the band will play around Victoria in the next few months as they gear up to go back into the studio to record their fifth album.
“We really enjoyed Pistol Pete’s last time we visited and are looking forward to another fun night down in Geelong,” lead guitarist Keith MacQueen says. “It’s a great, intimate spot that hosts some top music, and we will be keen to deliver a good night for the local punters.”
Frontman Shann Lions says Geelong is in for a treat as the band prepares to unveil some new songs from their forthcoming album. “The new songs are still us, but grander,” Lions says.
Four Lions got the new year off to a bang with a Melbourne show, which was “one of our best and most energetic gigs in quite a while, with everything falling into place easily following a couple of months off and no warm-up rehearsal,” according to MacQueen.
“So expect the band to be really primed for Pistol Pete’s,” he says.
Four Lions will return to Melbourne’s Head Gap – the studio where they recorded last year’s album Hard Days – in May to start laying down tracks for their new record, due out later in the year.
“This studio to me is the best studio in Victoria,” Lions enthuses. “We wouldn’t want to go anywhere else as (recording there) was such a great and easy process.”
MacQueen says the new material is coming along “really well. We are close to having all the songs ready, and we will be starting to roll them out live from early February,” he adds.
Chinese astrology tells us that 2020 is the Year of the Rat – but could it turn out to be the Year of Four Lions instead? MacQueen seems to think so! “Momentum seems to be building for the band, and we feel 2020 could be the breakout year for us,” he says. “So get on board now and come on the ride with us!”
Four Lions play at Pistol Pete’s Food N Blues on Saturday, February 8. From 9pm; tickets $10 at the door.
Written by Brix Gordon
Photo by Stuart Westmore