‘Under the Skin’ is the new single signed by Seven Red Lions from London, released in December 2020. This new tune marks the beginning of a new era for the band, that shifts from indie rock to a more folk and minimalist sound. 7RL are lead singer and guitarist David Lion, bassist Sara Priegue and Chris Coronel, a multinational (Mexico and Portugal) community that came together to mix their influences and backgrounds.
Listen With Monger spotted “…..elements of The Clash, The Police, The Libertines and the Damn Vandals running throughout their music.”
‘Under the Skin’ is a prophecy of something that is evolving and changing. I can easily figure myself walking in the desert, while listening to it – the tune has reminiscences of an ancient time recalling Native American chants, enriched with guitar intrusions in Led Zeppelin style.
YMX: Hey Seven Red Lions, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
7RL: Hey YMX, we’re very well thanks and hope you’re are well too. We are an alternative indie rock band based in London formed by members from Mexico and Portugal. We have been playing since 2015, released two EP’s and some singles. Because, of the variety of our cultures, our influence varies from Rock, Grunge, Pop and other styles. We notice that we get compared with bands like The Clash, The Police, The Libertines and the Damn Vandals – a huge compliment. However, we don’t like to stick with one style only, but be open for what our creativity takes us. We continue to attempt to improve our songwriting and play to serve every song.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
7RL: We all grow up listening to a lot of music and gaining curiosity to learn how to play instruments. We started to play covers from our favourite bands like “The Cure”, “Nirvana”, “The Hives” until we gained more confidence and started to compose our original music.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
7RL: It’s hard to stick with one answer only. We admire so many artists that we would love to work with. But from our favourites albums, we would love to collaborate with these producers: Robert Smith from ‘The Cure’, Nigel Timothy Godrich (all Radiohead albums), Phill Vinall (Zoe and Placebo), Paul Stacey – (Oasis, Steven Wilson and Tal Wilkenfeld).
YMX: You recently released your single ‘Under the Skin’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
7RL: Our latest single “Under The Skin” came out last month. This song has taken us in a new direction, more experimental and minimalist, bringing a depth reflection to life conducting for feelings like love and hope which are primordial in these challenging times.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
7RL: Usually, a new instrument is a great inspiration for us – exploring new sounds brings ideas for new music, and a lot of that comes on the jams with the band. We like to explore ideas, structure songs and developing the soundscape from there.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
7RL: For this year 2021, we hope to play at O2 Academy Islington – Date TBC supporting some friends artists. And hopefully, some other gigs will come along around London (Camden preferably) and the UK.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
7RL: Direct to fans definitely. Even if that requires more work and effort on our side, but it’s worth it. We try to maintain creative control and authentic connection with our fans. The social networks are great communication tools. Although, we like to work with some promoters when we released new material so that our music reaches more people.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
7RL: Record our first album, which we are working at the moment and hopefully have more live gigs.