As Tall As Lions was such a fun session. Transcendent, really. As soon as the guys opened their roadcases and liberated their instruments, extraordinary, joyful chaos took hold. I hadn’t quite expected their wonderful level of soulful exuberance – Daniel Nigro and the band (minus their drummer) were aflame with inspiration – at 10:30 in the morning!
Needless to say it was rich and refreshing.
Apparently Julio had been lost, out all night, partying liberally, but, by grace, he made it to the session in plenty of time (albeit naked….but don’t worry, he clothed himself). The band went freeform during setup, jamming, writing new songs off the cuff, seeming to have a barrel of fun. By the time recording was finished, the whole place lit up and everyone present gleamed with a radiant sparkle. In fact, the session was so inspiring that our video guy went nuts and edited almost all the footage taken during As Tall As Lions’ visit with us. Perfect, since the band’s Velcro quality is enhanced hundred-fold by seeing them in action. As Tall As Lions recently put out a great record, but their real juice lies in their live act – in person, the band endears, engages and compels. All truly good guys and talented multi-instrumentalists, the 5 went all-acoustic (no headphones, which was nice), creating a remarkable and memorable session for all. Except for Julio, maybe.
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Buy You Can’t Take It With You. Visit As Tall As Lions’ Website. Now go see their tour dates and get to a live show near you. As Tall As Lions is on tour with Mutemath now through mid-November, then with Minus the Bear.