Rock/Blues trio Lionize to release ‘Jetpack Soundtrack’ on Feb.18 via Weathermaker Music

By on February 7, 2014

Hailing from Silver Spring, MD–near the Washington, D.C. stomping ground of their hardcore idols–rock, soul and blues trio LIONIZE will release their new album JETPACK SOUNDTRACK February 18.  Co-produced by Jean-Paul Gaster, drummer of the rock group Clutch and Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey, JETPACK SOUNDTRACK will be released on Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by the Maryland rock group Clutch.

On JETPACK SOUNDTRACK, LIONIZE create an 11-song journey through the group’s multi-faceted musical influences–spanning heavy rock, soul and blues–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke. The album’s first single “Reality Check” showcases LIONIZE’s precise musicianship; they smoothly shift gears and smack you with a gargantuan hook at an exhilarating pace.  Listen to “Reality Check” here:

Currently in the midst of their U.S. tour supporting Pepper, LIONIZENATE BERGMAN (vocals/guitar), HENRY UPTON (bass/vocal) and CHRIS BROOKS (keyboards & vocals)–will head out for headline shows as well as gigs supporting Clutch and Umphrey’s McGhee before hopping on a major festival this summer to be announced in early March. The current dates for LIONIZE are below.

Following are the current LIONIZE tour dates:

LIONIZE with Pepper:
Thur 1/30 Greeley, CO Moxi Theater
Fri 1/31 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Sat 2/1 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater & Club
Tues 2/4 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Tues 2/5 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Thurs 2/6 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
LIONIZE Headline Dates:
Fri 2/7 Las Vegas, Nv Cheyenne Saloon
Mon 2/10 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
Tues 2/11 Joliet, IL Mojoes
Weds 2/12 Sturtevant, WI Route 20
Thurs 2/13 Detroit, MI The Shelter
LIONIZE with John Brown’s Body:
Fri 2/14 Snowshoe, WV The Connection
Sat 2/15 Richmond, VA Capital Ale House
Sun 2/16 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Weds 2/19 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
LIONIZE Headline Dates:
Thurs 2/20 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Fri 2/21 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Thurs 3/13 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Livingroom
Fri 3/14 Philadelphia, PA MilkBoy
Mon 3/17 Knoxville, TN NV
LIONIZE with Umphrey’s McGee:
Sun 4/16 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Mon 4/17 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
Tues 4/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
Weds 4/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Ampitheater
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Weds 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Tues 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Weds 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thurs 5/1 London Forum
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
LIONIZE at Temples Festival
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Weds 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thurs 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy

The Maryland-based band LIONIZE formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening to each other. Now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, unit. Whether touring extensively in the past on a limited budget, or playing to 10,000 people at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, LIONIZE always seems to look for a challenge. Space Pope And The Glass Machine (2008) revealed their affinity for reggae. Destruction Manual (2011) and their last album Superczar And The Vulture (2011) broadened into a more multifaceted musical direction by incorporating rock, soul and blues influences–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke–that became the proverbial keys for taking the Weathermaker Music machine out for a late night joyride. LIONIZE first supported Clutch in 2006 and they found a shared regard of music as a sacred cultural and intellectual art form, particularly jazz and rock and roll. That bond endeared the younger band to their seasoned patrons. Weathermaker Music–the label established by Clutch–eventually signed the band and the forthcoming JETPACK SOUNDTRACK is their first release of a new artist on the label.

Watch the video for “Dr. Livingston” (off their previous Superczar and the Vulture album) featuring cameos from H.R. of Bad Brains, CKY’s Jess Margera, the Pietasters and the 9.30 Club Crew.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.