British Lion roars again
When you’re the founding member of one of the definitive bands from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era, Iron Maiden, any other work has to live up to reputation. Steve Harris has a great reputation, but why have one band when you can have two? He answers that with the brand new single from his side project, British Lion. And it goes by the name of, Spit Fire.
And if you listened to the bands eponymous album a couple of years ago, it was very different to what is normally associated with Harris. But this time, this single has all the hallmarks of what his fans come to expect. Harris – along with band members, Richard Taylor, David Hawkins, Graham Leslie and Simon Dawson – have made a 6 minute banger of a song. A slow start, but a start that warms the band up nicely before Taylor gives off his signature vocals, with Harris and his familiar bass sound complimenting the band and the more heavier sound to this than it was the first time around.
British Lion has divided opinion amongst Iron Maiden fans, but you have to remember that this is the side project of Steve Harris. And the whole point is to make different music, which has been succeeded here with a nod to the day job. And don’t discredit Richard Taylor and his vocals, they have an absorbing power which makes him one of the best, yet sadly underrated, singers in rock.
A new album will follow next year, and if Spit Fire is what to expect from that new album, then it promises to be a belter. British Lion roar louder than ever with this.
Spit Fire is out now, and a new album will follow in 2019. Look out for further news on this from Flick Of The Finger.
British Lion go on tour in November on the following dates and at the following venues –
Thursday November 1st – The Great Hall, Toronto, Canada
Friday 2nd November – Maxwell’s, Waterloo, Canada
Saturday 3rd November – Brass Monkey’s, Ottawa, Canada
Sunday 4th November – L’Imperial, Quebec, Canada
Monday 5th November – Theatre Corona, Montreal, Canada
Friday 9th November – Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sunday 11th November – Cine Joia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tuesday 13th November – Opiniao, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Friday 16th November – Museum Live, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 18th November – Caupolican Theater, Santiago, Chile
Monday 26th November – Namba Hatch, Higashi-Osaka, Japan
Tuesday 27th November – EX Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday 28th November – EX Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan