By Brandon “B-Mac” McCarthy
For every new band , one of the main ingredients they need for success is a great vocalist. They need a frontman who not only has a majestic voice, but also the attitude and magnetism to please the crowd. That is what I see in this young rock band out of London, U.K. called As Lions. Having just released their debut LP, Selfish Age, they have a dominant singer who can take them all the way. His name is Austin Dickinson. I had the opportunity to speak to him over the phone while he was still in England. I learned a lot from my new mate.
Dickinson explained that they called themselves As Lions because they were not tripping over themselves with the name and thought it sounded it good. He was in previous bands with guitarists Conor O’Keefe and Will Homer, and they met bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee later on to create some exciting. Some of his influences as singer include Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage, and Chino Moreno from Deftones. We both got into rock ‘n’ roll the same way, by buying a greatest hits record from our respective favorite bands. That was cool we had that in common.
We went into depth about writing the album and what it was like to work with producers David Benedith and Kane Churko. Dickinson told me they like Churko a lot because he was about the same age as them and understood their sound. We discussed the meaning behind some of the songs they wrote, especially with “Deathless.” The song deals the world’s obsession with the internet. With everything going on in the world, As Lions felt they needed to address the issues. We both wrote a song called “World on Fire,” and laughed at the notion that it is a song title that is used very often. Dickinson expressed his excitement for touring this year with Shinedown, P.O.D., and Nothing More. This will mark their second touring cycle in the United States.
There were times where our connection was bad, but we did not let that stop us. He hopes the fans will welcome all the songs into their lives. After hearing Selfish Age, I believe fans will embrace this record as I have. He is determined to make it the world of rock ‘n’ roll. With music like this, both he and the band will go far. To Austin Dickinson, I salute you. Horns up!!!