AUSTRALIAN band Four Lions started as a solo vehicle for Bendigo-based singer-songwriter Shann Lions in December 2014, after he emerged from an eight-year musical hiatus.
He was joined by future members, guitarist Keith MacQueen and bassist Greg Perry, for the 2015 debut album Charing Cross, released on the band's own label Verse Chorus Verse.
The songs, all bar one written by Lions, channel his myriad musical heroes - from Wilco to Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty - to conjure up his own intoxicating cocktail of roots, rock, and alt-country, blended with the spirit of a kid who grew up in the Australian bush.
For 2016's follow-up Vahland, drummer/percussionist Gavan Moncrieff and keyboardist Stephen Briggs joined, completing the permanent line-up. New bassist Bradley Bradford joined in early 2019, after the amicable departure of Perry.
Four Lions cemented their position as one of central Victoria's most prolific and hardest- working bands, extensively touring in the region and releasing a swathe of singles and EPs.Their third album, 2017's Golden Triangle (released several months after the four-track EP of the same name), was written and recorded in the space of a weekend.
Four Lions released their fourth album, Hard Days, on May 1, 2019, through Verse Chorus Verse. It was recorded at Preston's Head Gap Studios by producer/engineer Finn Keane (Wilco); produced by The Greasy Triplets (Lions, MacQueen and Keane); mixed by Sam Kassirer (David Ramirez, Josh Ritter) in Boston, Massachusetts; and mastered by Ludwing Diaz in San Francisco, California.
Hard Days was Melbourne Herald Sun’s Album of the Week. Its release was followed by a successful album launch tour of regional and metropolitan Victoria, with a series of interstate dates planned for the latter half of the year.