1 - British Band: Lioness
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Lioness came together, almost in secret, in Toronto in the winter of 2007, when Jeff Scheven and Ronnie Morris, the rhythm section behind the dark, stomping disco pulses of controller.controller, hooked up with Vanessa Fischer of soul-punk quartet No Dynamics. Honing their craft by playing low-key after-hours sets in sweaty, off-the-radar locales throughout the city, the band nonetheless generated a remarkable undercurrent of buzz in the following months, leading to support slots with the likes of !!!, Hercules and Love Affair, You Say Party! We Say Die! and K-OS.
Their sans-guitar sound is like a head-on collision of old and new, as Fischer draws upon jazz, old soul and blues, roaring and moaning over layers of electronic squall and elastic rhythms like a witch in heat. It’s a clash of organic and synthetic, the sound of disco and house music filtered and distorted through the instrumental apparatus of live rock and roll. The band recorded and mixed their debut EP with Rob Sanzo at Signal To Noise in Toronto. Their self-titled EP Lioness was released October 21st 2008 on New Romantic.
Lioness released Omens, Oracles and Signs - Volume 1, on New Romantic April 7th, 2009. It’s the first installment of an ongoing remix project bringing Lioness together with Canada’s burgeoning club scene. The first volume features remixes of Lioness’s single “You’re My Heart” by three of Toronto’s premier DJs and producers; Pilotpriest, Mansion and newcomers CCENTURIESS. Fischer is not a stranger to the dance floor. Her vocals were featured on “She’s Good For Business” from MSTRKRFT’s 2006 album, The Looks.
Vanessa Fischer (Voice, Synthesizer)
Jeff Scheven (Drum, Machines)
Ronnie Morris (Bass)
3-British Grime MC
Lioness started out at the tender age of 14 after being influenced by family members firmly involved in the then young grime scene, true fans will know it as the old school garage phase.
After sharpening her writing tools Lioness and three others formed MYT (Mastermind Youth Team), her witty lyrics, skilled wordplay and versatile flow ensured it wasn’t long before she joined her brother and cousins and became the first lady of the Mastermind Trooperz. From then on Lioness was the name on everybody’s lips, radio sessions on stations such as On Top FM and Raw Blaze cemented Lioness’ presence on the underground and not one to back away from a challenge, the classic clash which resulted in the infamous ‘Xtra Xtra Read All About It’ further proved that Lioness was the female MC.
Lioness’ reputation as not only a top female MC but a top MC in the game continued to grow, with appearances on Radio 1, Kiss 100 and one 1Xtra with fellow Trooper, Bearman. With verses in videos such as, Rep Ur Endz – South, Don’t Talk and Phuture Journey, Lioness showed that she had style as well as talent.
Edited by MatthewROliver on 20 Nov 2010, 19:48
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Information on the Canadian band from:
http://www.myspace.com/lionesslionesslioness. Lioness Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lioness_(band)
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