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Hunting Lions

Pirates Press Records, 2023

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


A Bay Area punk rock supergroup that consists of members of The Swingin' Utters, Roadside Bombs, The Beltones, Hometown Addiction, The Burdens, US Bombs, and Tiger Army, plus others, Hunting Lions on their sophomore record gives us five tunes of their timeless and highly tuneful punk rock that might remind you Thin Lizzy, Ramones or Social Distortion. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

“Little Girl,” a song about the frontman's daughter, gets the listen off to a blistering start, where the melodic guitars and thumping rhythm section emit plenty of gritty punk that's anthemic, hard hitting and harmonic in a way that invites singing along immediately.

“Maggie's Date,” the longest track at over five minutes, follows and welcomes some retro- rock’n’roll ideas alongside the organ fills and raw singing, while “Good Riddance” makes great use of chunky bass and some dense guitar chugging that hints at hard rock influences amid the gang vocals and thick climate.

Making our way towards the end, the swirling guitar and Heartland rock nods of the lively and lone cover “Hungry Heart” has the band tipping their hat to Bruce Springsteen. This great interpretation of this Boss Tune makes it hard not to think of the all-star cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. The final track, “Nothing Wrong,” then carries a more visceral appeal, where the buzzing guitars, forceful drums and biting vocals won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.

An extremely limited slab of wax on a one sided 12” with a black silkscreened B-side, that’s housed in a special white fold over cover, this is actually the second release from Hunting Lions this year. And for those with an ear for punk and hardcore, they are making fans pretty quickly, including myself.

Rating: A

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