A few months ago I had the pleasure of interviewing The Lion And The Wolf a.k.a. Thomas George after we reviewed his video for “Ghosts On Trinity”. To say that Thomas is a true musician is an understatement. Just listen to his work. If “Ghosts On Trinity” is the alpha then “My Father’s Eyes” is the omega. While being absolutely different in almost every way from “Ghosts”, “My Father’s Eyes” is the perfect book end and is every bit as wonderful in every different kind of way. Once again this song is a journey, but unlike “Ghosts On Trinity”, this is a journey of resurgence. The song is still melancholy, however it is melancholy with a glint of hope in it’s eye.
The Lion And The Wolf have proven once again that he is an artist to watch and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
“My Father’s Eyes” is exclusively released on 7” ‘storm grey’, hand numbered vinyl and limited to just 250 copies. Each record comes with a personalized thank you note and access to four exclusive bonus recordings. More info on how to get the vinyl in the links section.
Check out the new video for “My Father’s Eyes” below:
Backing Thomas on “My Father’s Eyes”:
Guitar – Charlie Harris
Bass – Robert Potter
Piano / Keys – James Thorpe
Drums – Robert Berry
Violins – Ellie Burke
Saxaphone – Ollie Morris
Trumpet – Bob
Backing Vocals – Jessica Eagle, Matt Hitt, Laura Reid, James Thorpe, Robert Potter, Dan Trevena and Caty Macauly
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10/10,Osnabrück, Kleine Freiheit*,
About The Lion And The Wolf:
Thomas has been touring relentlessly since quitting his job in January 2014, and his addictive live set of dejected yet hopeful songs coupled with truthful and earnest vocals have seen him perform all over Europe, from the top to the bottom of the UK, not to mention UK and EU tour support for the likes of Rob Lynch, Our Time Down Here, Signals Midwest and Owls By Nature as well as appearances at Slam Dunk, Hevy and Isle of Wight Festival.
Staying true to the DIY ethic, this extensive touring has all been orchestrated off his own back – something The Lion & The Wolf ’s fans highly respect. Thomas hit the studio throughout the summer of 2014, on the south coast of England, recording The Lion & The Wolf ’s debut full length, ‘Symptoms’. The original bedroom recordings of lo-fi folk songs have been brought to life with full instrumentation and warm analogue sounds. Thomas’ very particular approach to the production of the record meant that the album was recorded with minimal digital plug-ins, serving to create a raw, natural sound and ultimately a more powerful impact, whilst in some ways staying true to the lo-fi sound that shaped previous releases.
Above all, The Lion & The Wolf is known for his solo live shows, which captivates audiences wherever he goes. His dynamic vocal and finger-picking guitar style, together with a tendency to step away from the mic and play directly in the crowd creates a unique, special and emotive experience for audiences.
2014 was an incredibly successful year for The Lion & The Wolf. In March he played main support to Rob Lynch on a three week EU tour. Following this he returned to Europe multiple times as well as having played over one hundred and thirty shows collectively. The rest of the year saw The Lion & The Wolf strengthen his already impressive show count, with UK and EU tours right through until the end of December.
2015 started in the same vein as the previous year with the combination of tours, festivals and a new recording in the works. Having returned to Europe multiple times already this year, The Lion And The Wolf has now joined forces with Grand Hotel Van Cleef to bring his first full band tour to the masses this October (Germany). In the build up to this, Thomas undertook a five week European tour covering the UK, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, which set him in great stead for the rest of the year. To add to this impressive work ethic, Thomas played a wide selection of festival dates this summer, including 2,000 Trees, Hevy, Isle of Wight, Summerblast (DE) and Blissfields, as well as an appearance scheduled at Fest (USA) in October.