THE BAND / a brief history
Rob Pretty - Vocals / Keys
Krystopher Blaney - Guitar / Keys
Brian Prieur - Drums
Denis Boyer - Guitar
Ryan Moore - Bass
With decades of performance, composition and touring experience between them, the members of Ottawa rock group Lions Leading Sheep have drawn from a vast well of musical inspiration - from rock, metal, folk, pop, stage musicals - to forge a sound that is uniquely their own. Work on their debut album began in Fall of 2017. The ten resulting songs, born of personal tragedy, were originally written as little more than a coping mechanism for grief. However, when longtime friends and former bandmates Krystopher Blaney (guitar / songwriter / producer) and Brian Prieur (drums) saw real potential in the album, they recruited friends Rob Pretty (vocals) and Denis Boyer (guitar) and Lions Leading Sheep was born.
In January 2018, the band released their debut single Almanac, which has been featured on top alternative rock radio stations, as well as college radio stations and various podcasts. In early April the band shot a music video for the song Shapeshifter. The video, directed by Adam Kirkey of Slinger Pictures, is currently in post-production and slated for a late-summer release. In June of 2018, the band added Ryan Mckenzie (bass) to complete their lineup and prepare to take their show on the road.
THE ALBUM / echoes and anchors
Echoes and Anchors (April 17/2018, independent) is the debut album from Ottawa, Ontario based rock group Lions Leading Sheep. Musically dynamic, lyrically raw, and creatively fresh - soaring choruses and blistering drums, intricate melodies and powerful vocals - the album is a vast and diverse sonic landscape. Says songwriter and guitarist Krystopher Blaney:
"It's an album about letting go, but also about holding on. About saying goodbye to the ones we've lost and saying "I love you" to the ones we're still lucky enough to have - our echoes and our anchors. In these songs there is sadness, joy, anger, love. Hope. There are heavy songs, soft songs, fast, slow. Human emotion isn't monochromatic, it's a beautiful spectrum, and I wanted to make something that reflects that sonically. I hope everyone can find something for themselves in there somewhere."
The album released on April 17th, 2018 and the band is now preparing to tour in support and promotion of the album through the end of the year, beginning with a headlining concert in their hometown of Ottawa on July 13th.