Never underestimate a great punked-up rock’n’roll band on a mission. Born Lion is made up of four fiercely dedicated gentlemen who save their best kicking and screaming for the live stage, a spirited display which has earned them the right to join bills with The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood and many more. Within a few short years they’ve successfully navigated their way out of the cutthroat Sydney underground scene, crafting a vibrant sound that puts a high energy and intelligent spin on the classic punk rock mantra of “three chords and the truth”. Off the back of their first EP release, the band has seen the tracks “D for Danger” and “Good Times Jimmy” cop an absolute thrashing on national youth radio station Triple J, who also hand-picked them to perform on the mainstage at Soundwave 2013 in Sydney. A subsequent jam-packed showcase at Bigsound was heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the top 5 of the conference and the EP received a flawless 5 out of 5 review in Blunt Magazine. From there, the band were taken under the wing of Aussie prog giants Karnivool for a full lap of the country and soon found themselves in the offices of ABC Music’s boutique rock label Four/Four in 2014. Now welcomed to Four/Four’s bulletproof roster that includes Tim Rogers and Little Bastard, Born Lion are preparing to unleash their debut album Final Words in 2015 and embark on national tour with Yellowcard and Mayday Parade this July. Engineered and produced by Dave Hammer (Die! Die! Die!, Thundamentals), the 11-track beast expands on their no-nonsense punk’n’roll roots to feature some truly spine-shattering, sludge-dipped riffs and even introspective acoustic moments. A crowded vocal booth also sees members of Grenadiers and Gay Paris adding their rugged charm to a handful of the album’s many monstrous vocal hooks. They say a true artist knows they’re only as good as the last song they wrote. With that in mind, Born Lion will boldly come out swinging with album opener “Break The Curse” as their first single, a last minute addition to the album that offers up their biggest sing-a-long chorus to date, juxtaposed against the sharp attack of a discordant verse and a thundering outro. It’s the kind of reassuring sonic statement you want to hear from an acclaimed Australian act tackling their first full-length release. It’s clear this is a world-class rock band now functioning at the height of their songwriting powers. May 2015 forever be known as the year of the ‘Lion.