Maryland-based reggae/rock band Lionize, winners of the 2010 High Times Magazine 'Doobie Award' for Best Reggae/Soul Record for Space Pope And The Glass Machine
(for which they beat out such nominees as Matisyahu, Easystar Allstars and Tarrus Riley) are gearing up for the release of their new album Destruction Manual
in early Feb. 2011 on Hardline Entertainment.
Gaining fans across the world, LIONIZE takes pride in their original sound, DIY work ethic and fiery live shows. Destruction Manual
, (produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox) finds the band continuing its exploration of the stoner-rock, funk and reggae landscapes.
This twelve-song LP calls to mind classic reggae and rock albums with a decidedly modern spin. The band's foundation on drums and bass are LaMel Randolgh and Henry Upton who hint at a rock-and-roll version of Sly and Robbie joined with the classic scorching Hammond organ and key sounds from Chris Brooks and the commanding guitar and vocal work of Nathan Bergman.
Reggae heavyweights David Hinds and Selwyn Brown of Steel Pulse lend their vocal talents on the track ‘Killers and Crooks’ as well as stalwart guitar work from Tim Sult of Clutch who also lends his talents throughout this record. Lionize continues to tour over 200 dates a year, having been tapped to open up for bands such as Clutch, Galactic, Steel Pulse and Bad Brains. LIONIZE also pulled double duty backing and supporting Lee "Scratch" Perry, garnering a slew of positive reviews.
Between recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse), collaborating on and off stage with artists such as Ozomatli and Chali 2na, and supporting heavy metal favorites Kylesa and cKy, the band begins 2011 on quite an auspicious note.
Despite its lack of mainstream press, the band's loyal following expands daily. With DESTRUCTION MANUAL set to be released in early 2011, and tours supporting Authority Zero and Streetlight Manifesto on the horizon, LIONIZE continues to turn ears as a novel addition to the sonic terrain of rock and roll with its train of heavy riffs, wailing organ, and pulsating reggae.LIONIZE w/ AUTHORITY ZERO/FLATFOOT 56:
1/4 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
1/5 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
1/7 The Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
1/8 Peabody’s Cleveland, OH
1/12 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
1/14 Sports Page Satellite Beach, FL
1/15 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
1/16 The Backbooth Orlando, FL
1/19 The Gig Beaumont, TX
1/20 Tree's Dallas, TX
1/21 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
1/22 Scout Bar Houston, TX
1/23 Emo’s Austin, TX
1/25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
1/27 The Rock Tucson, AZ LIONIZE w/ STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO:
2/10 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
2/11 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
2/12 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
2/13 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
2/14 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
2/15 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
2/16 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
2/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
2/18 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
2/19 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
2/21 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
2/22 Calgary, AB @ Republik
2/25 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
2/26 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
2/27 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshousehttp://www.lionizemusic.com