I’d have to tip my hat to ‘em anyway just for doing what they’re doing: conjuring up Nick Lowe-ish, R.E.M.-y, Elvis Costello-esque ‘80s radio pop. But the Fate Lions aren’t just aping some sort of distinctive sound from yesteryear to milk sympathy from old nostalgic tools like me. They’re being the real deal, expertly mixing jangly, cranky, countrified, Rickenbacker-tinged solos with snappy, toe-tapping beats and ooh-ahh-ing harmonies. ” -- Anthony Mariani, Fort Worth Weekly The band spent a year recording "Good Enough For You" (an album title jokingly plucked from Manriquez’ own experiences regarding family and, oddly enough, food) at Salim Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane studio in Dallas, Texas.
Fate Lions was without a bass player at the time of the recording, so Nourallah stepped in to fill the bill while also producing the album. They have since adopted Tony Ferraro (Eaton Lake Tonics, Bob Fante) as their full-time bassist. “Fate Lions, like Nourallah, make thoughtful but unrepentantly sumptuous pop with ear-tickling sonic flourishes such as creamy layers of background vocals, hand claps, tambourines, and enigmatic lyrics that step right up to the brink of melancholy but never fall into ennui.” -- Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly Cory Helms (Polyphonic Spree, Professional Juice) filled in on keys, and regular band members Niki Saukam and Josh Hoover played guitar and drums, respectively. The result is a lush, bright and melodic pop album that takes its listeners through landscapes of 80s riffs and 60s fillers, while keeping its feet planted firmly in the present through brilliant tongue-in-cheek lyrics and original toe-tapping melodies.
“Saukam's and Manriquez' guitars retain just enough snarl to remind listeners of the mother lode of Teenage Fanclub, Elvis Costello, and Smiths songs that inform the Lions' sound.” -- Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly Jason Manriquez was born on May 25th, 1973 in San Antonio, Texas. He currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife, writer Jennifer Manriquez (Cathey) and their daughter Lila. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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