BandCampWes: Lioness Unleashes “Bullets,” Final Musical Labor of Love

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That’s all, folks. Lioness, the band formerly known as Linus formerly known as Friendsome, has recorded and published its final song, placing the cap neatly on the group’s four year-long career here. Comprised of the killer team of  Dema Paxton Fofang ’13, Jason Katzenstein ’13, Ethan Young ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien Defontaine ’13, and John Snyder ’12, Lioness formed at an Open Mic in 2009, won the Battle of the Bands in 2010 and opened Spring Fling (for the yet-to-be-rivaled-and-probably-never-will-be lineup of Dirty Projectors, Black Lips, and Big Boi). And now they’re graduated. They sure do grow up fast, don’t they?

Lioness’ Bandcamp page is loaded with free-to-download single goodies, and probably boasts one of the more colorful collections of album artwork as well as music in the BandCampWes World. “Bullets” is no exception. Where their previous singles like “Hot Mess” pumped up the beach-punk vibe to the level of Surfer Blood, “Bullets” is a gorgeously crafted and easygoing tune reminiscent of Beach House. It’s pretty indicative of what the Ampersand once coined the “Post-Linus” music genre.

The track was recorded spectacularly by Jared Paul ’11, who worked on previous Lioness tunes and continues to make everyone from The Rooks to that killer “Billionaire” remix sound professional, and mixed cleanly by Ethan and Adrien. “Bullets” is unquestionably a summertime tune, with Dema‘s easygoing vocals laying nicely overtop the sweet guitar and Beach Boys-like synths. According to Dema himself,

“We haven’t played a show since John [Snyder]’s senior year, and the song took so long to release due to commitments in other acts/projects as well as several of us completing theses. We all loved Wesleyan and how supportive and active its music scene was/is. Releasing “Bullets” puts a cap on a major component of our time there.”

Just wait until those electric guitars really crash in. Damn it if this song doesn’t make me bummed that I wasn’t around during the band’s heyday and never got to see them live, because the final minute of “Bullets” is a rousing turnaround. This is the sort of music you wonder what it would become if the band (who I’m sure has much better things to do now that they’re all alumni and need to make money) kept at it. Or, you can think of it this way: Like the fireworks on the single artwork, “Bullets” is the perfect display of everything Lioness offered and contributed to the Wesleyan music scene, the last labor of love by a much-loved band.

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