Bendigo band Four Lions are central Victoria's best-kept musical secret, plying their trade in a potent brand of big-stage rock with undertones of roots and Americana.
Four Lions was formed in late 2014 by singer/guitarist/chief songwriter Shann Lions. He is completed by Keith MacQueen (lead guitar/vocals), Stephen Briggs (keyboards, Hammond organ), Gavan Moncrieff (drums, percussion), and Bradley Bradford (bass).
Three albums followed in quick succession - Charing Cross (2015), Vahland (2016), and Golden Triangle (2017), all released on the band's own label Verse Chorus Verse.
The band's fourth album Hard Days, which came out in May 2019, was Melbourne Herald Sun’s Album of the Week - a first for an independent, regionally based act.
Four Lions unleashed Black And White on April 29, 2021. Black and White is the first single from their forthcoming 5th album Wide Awake.
And in a first for an Australian band, Black And White has been mixed by renowned American producer Phil Joly, who has worked with big names such as Lana Del Rey, Kanye West, Daft Punk, and Ryan Adams.
Black And White showcases Four Lions’ trademark classic rock combined with textbook pop structures, featuring cascades of chiming keyboards that play off against tasteful guitar riffs, offset by powerhouse vocals.
Frontman Shann Lions says he wrote Black And White, along with two other songs, in the space on a single Saturday afternoon spent at home on his couch.
“It’s a depressing love song about hope and always finding a positive within a negative,” Lions says.