BATT LION/DAVID BAY LEAF split 7″ $5.00
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Lion’s Care Recordings’ first vinyl release, out at last, and we couldn’t be more proud. Side A. kicks off with the most low key of supergroups, Akron / Kent, Ohio’s DAVID BAY LEAF. Featuring the vocal and bass work of Robert Glen Ledyard III(RADAR SECRET SERVICE), the baritone guitar of Gabe Schray(HOUSEGUEST), and “Sexual” Scott Davidson(SEXUAL TENSION, former record store operator, dog owner) on drums, these two tracks alleviate the need for sparkles. Tribalistic dance beats hook and nail the bass lines, written by Robert as a cross punctuation to his dreamings of useless detectives and lack of desire to jet ski. Too bad. Rob on a jet ski would sparkle. Schray’s work here is what really makes this haunt– sparse, otherworldly, melodic, melodramatic– the baritone guitar wielded not as a gimmick, but a deeper cut. “I don’t really mind being left in the dark. Don’t tell me your secrets. It just makes my life hard.” — R. Glen Led III.
Flip it over and BATT LION also has something grand to offer. Record collection fuzz from the planet Youngstown, Ohio, surf tones meeting up with thick, Mudhoney-esque riffage– Roky fronting UFO, PAGANS and Gordon Lightfoot… “Part Earth”. “Witch’s Wheel” barf stars its way through a nightmare of wah-wah to end at a completely physical riff. The drive train moves here as bass drops, amplifiers gargle, Stratocasters glide, and beauticians swell to the rafters of the sick church. Hand silk screened cover, random color vinyl courtesy of Gotta’ Groove (Cleveland, Ohio), hand folded, glued insert-- 4 songs plus download code that contains and additional two tracks. What a deal.