Doleful Lions

From the unreleased album Let's Break Bobby Beausoleil Out Of Prison!

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Doleful Lions

Doleful Lions

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The Doleful Lions came together in Chicago in 1996, Jonathan Scott at that time was playing in the post hardcore band Cinco De Gatos and acquired a 4 track for Christmas 1995. Jonathan was starting to lose interest…

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The Doleful Lions came together in Chicago in 1996, Jonathan Scott at that time was playing in the post hardcore band Cinco De Gatos and acquired a 4 track for Christmas 1995. Jonathan was starting to lose interest in the music he was playing in Cinco De Gatos and was becoming more influenced by bands like Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, The Byrds, R.E.M. and Guided By Voices whose album Bee Thousand was a huge influence on Jonathan and his recording on 4 track. He eventually left Cinco De Gatos in 1996 to do Doleful Lions full time and recorded a 6 song demo with his brother Robert at Soto Sound Studios in Chicago, Jonathan sent the demo to any label he could get an address for and Parasol Records signed the band in 1997 and released a 45 of two songs off the Doleful Lions demo. A move to Chapel Hill NC in late 97 and the formation of a functioning, playing live Doleful Lions recorded their debut with R.E.M. producer and Let's Active's Mitch Easter with additional recording and production by the dB's Chris Stamey. Motel Swim was released with great acclaim with a few journalists even saying it was the best debut album of 1998. Various band lineups were commonplace throughout the history of Doleful Lions with already close to 25 members coming in and out since the first album with Jonathan Scott the only constant. Doleful Lions have released 8 albums, 7 of which were on Parasol and the most recent Let's Break Bobby Beausoleil Out Of Prison! on Wild Kindness Records. Doleful Lions also maintain a Bandcamp page with many other semi-official releases. The band is currently Jonathan and his younger brother Robert who has been a constant in the band since 2006 and whose production work especially on the band's album "7" remains a major influence on the direction the band has currently taken.

"Sixties revisited by modern-day spacers. This is what The Beach Boys’ 20/20 might have sounded like if you heard it under sedation, from down a corridor, with the pitter-patter of light drizzle in the background. For Doleful Lions, tape hiss isn’t a statement or a handicap, it’s another instrument. Beneath it, the ghosts of “Like A Rolling Stone” (“The Red Top Lounge Flesheaters”) and The Amen Corner’s “Paradise” saunter through a perfect Sixties garage decked out as a flying saucer. There’s nothing here quite as colourful as “Black Foliage”, by kindred spirits The Olivia Tremor Control, but there’s nothing quite as erratic, either. A must for wanderers, tender souls and those who like to look at the world with a lazy smile through a light layer of mist." / UNCUT MAGAZINE

"There are moments during Out Like a Lamb that make you wish that R.E.M. followed up Automatic For the People with an album like this one, but R.E.M. are long dead, and it’s time for someone else to pick up the slack. Out Like a Lamb isn’t perfect, but at least they tried to be perfect. Go listen to “Surfside Motel” dozen times and let yourself fall in love with the Doleful Lions." / Adrien Bergand ( POP MATTERS )

"(Song Cyclops Volume One is) A beautifully bizarre indie-rock Narnia that dead-rings a lost Radiohead soundtrack to Dungeons and Dragons. One of the most original albums of the year" / Gear Magazine

Doleful Lions are one the great lost bands of modern times, its not an under achiever thing rather more that they’ve been constantly overlooked in favour of ensembles, fads and fashions less musically astute and considerably less talented, always occupying their own little orbit shying away from the various bandwagons that have come passing them by - most notably the Elephant 6 Collective - their back catalogue is a formidable thing of envy that plucks, weaves and fuses creatively from a wealth of musical genres like an invisible marker pen joining the dots between psych and buzz sawed bubble grooved pop and all in between with both ‘out like a lamb’ and ‘song cyclops Volume 1’ being in my own humbled opinion two of the finest sets to have graced our turntable in the last ten years.- Mark Barton (The Sunday Experience)


Hang Around In Your Head b/w Motel Swim '45 (1997 Parasol Records)
Motel Swim (1998 Parasol Records)
The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (1999 Parasol Records)
Conjured Monsters cassette (2000 self released)
Song Cyclops Volume One (2000 Parasol Records)
Out Like A Lamb (2002 Parasol Records/Broken Horse U.K.)
I Can Take You To The Sun (2002 Great Pop Supplement)
Shaded Lodge And Mausoleum (2005 Parasol Records)
Song Cyclops Volume Two (2006 Parasol Records)
7 (2008 Parasol Records)
Lucifer, The Light EP (2011 Bandcamp)
What Was On The Floor Of Jonathan's Car, And How It Got There (2011 Bandcamp)
Creepsville Field Recordings Volume One (2011 Bandcamp)
Creepsville Field Recordings Volume Two: Chicago Chapter Of The Crowned And Conquering Child (2011 Bandcamp)
This Is The Age Of Video Violence EP (2011 Bandcamp)
Witchseason And Madrigal (2011 Bandcamp)
The Rockets Of Pasadena (2011 Bandcamp)
Let's Break Larry Levan Out Of Prison! EP (2011 Bandcamp)
Sympathy For The Thrillkillers EP (2012 Bandcamp)
Kent State/Doleful Lions cassette (2012 Paranoid Futures Records)
Doleful Lions Vs. The PMRC (2012 Bandcamp)
Combat Shock EP (2012 Bandcamp)
Let's Break Bobby Beausoleil Out Of Prison! (2012 Wild Kindness Records) coming soon!


Pop Till You Drop (1999 S'More Records) "Driller Killer"
Parasol Records: Sweet 16 Volume Two (1999 Parasol Records) "Driller Killer"
Beikoku Ongaku magazine issue #17 CD (2000) "She's A Wallflower"
Parasol Records: Sweet 16 Volume Five (2002 Parasol Records) "Saturday Mansions"
Parasol Records: Sweet 16 Volume Six (2002 Parasol Records) "Texas Is Beautiful"
Parasol Records: Sweet 16 Volume Eight (2005 Parasol Records "O Martyr Atlantis"
MOJO Presents: The Who Covered (2006 Mojo Magazine) "Heinz Baked Beans"
MOJO Presents: In My Room (2007 Mojo Magazine) "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way"
Trip Inside The House Summer Solstice comp (2008 Trip Inside This House blog) "Underground Werewolf Scribe Agape"
Sunshine Off the Tracks: A Benefit for GEMS (2012 Wild Kindness Records) "Julie's Video" coming soon!

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