Ottawa based rock/soul band, The Lionyls are currently on tour with stops in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Today, the excitement is high as we are premiering their brand new video for “Midnight Hour”. The song is upbeat, fun and will have you singing along almost immediately. When we asked vocalist, Zach Raynor about the video, he remarked,
“Working on the Midnight Hour music video was very inspiring. Several members of the Ottawa arts community banded together on very short notice help us with the video. We approached Mock Trial Productions and Ottawa Special Events with a vision and within a few weeks, we were on set. The actors and extras are local, and makeup, wardrobe styling was all done by local professionals as well. The positivity from the whole production team really contributed to the whimsical energy that is so evident in the video.”
It is certainly a video that they should be proud of, it keeps the viewer interested throughout the whole viewing and the actual song is killer. If you have the chance to check The Lionyls out during their tour, you definitely should. All dates are listed on their website.
We also asked guitarist, Robbie Rigg about his thoughts on the “Midnight Hour” video, he commented,
“We’re all very excited about Midnight Hour being our debut music video. The song is good mix of all the genres that we represent – rock, soul, funk, pop.. It’s all encompassing, and true to who we are. The video also represents us well, it’s rooted in a simple story, and it really comes from our hearts. We hope that people feel that when they watch it.”
So, all that’s left for you to do is watch the video and check out our newest segment of Five Questions With featuring The Lionyls. We are sure you will enjoy!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, Canada! We are The Lionyls, that’s like lion + vinyl, and we’re a four piece ‘Rock & Soul’ band from Ottawa, ON.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
We are inspired by the funk, soul, blues, rock and roll traditions and our innovative ‘Rock & Soul’ music is a reflection of that. Each song we create is a unique blend of the things that influence us, packaged with a clean contemporary edge. We are timeless yet current, raw but refined.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We are currently touring across Canada in support of our self-titled debut album. September 7th we’ll be in Calgary at the County Line Saloon. This weekend we’re in Kamloops (September 8th), and Nelson (September 9th). After that, we make our way through British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan before returning to Ontario. All dates are listed on our website.
Our live performances are exciting and spontaneous; we focus on connecting with the groove and then sharing that experience with our audience. You can expect an air-tight rhythm section, searing guitar solos, a captivating frontman, and colourful harmonies. Dancing shoes are a must.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
We would love for everyone to hear Midnight Hour; it really captures our essence. When you listen to it, you can hear the soul, funk, rock and roll, and blues influences. They blend to create something that is identifiably The Lionyls. That song is us. That is our sound.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Some of our favourite Canadian artists include Rush, Old James, Rush, The Souljazz Orchestra, The Sam Roberts Band, and Joni Mitchell.