Iron Maiden legend Steve Harris says British Lion are delving into “heavier” musical realms with their new material.
Currently in the midst of an extensive European tour, British Lion headline Planet Rockstock on Saturday 3rd December and Steve says they’re sounding better and heavier than ever.
Steve told Kerrang!: “The band’s been evolving anyway and the songs have been evolving with it, or vice versa.
“We’re finding our feet as a band, finding more of a sense of what we are. Without analysing it too much, I think the (new) songs are really probably going, if anything, maybe in a heavier direction perhaps.”
Reflecting on the song ‘Spitfire’, which has been part of British Lion’s sets since summer 2015, Steve added: “Spitfire to me sounds like really heavy Thin Lizzy. But others might think something different about it.
“But they’re really good songs, really powerful songs, and they certainly stand up against any of the other songs really. And some of the ones we have got up our sleeves are just as good.”
Asked how he manages to split the time between his two bands, Steve laughed: “It’s crazy, I know it’s crazy. You just have to grab your chance to do things if you get offered stuff. I’ve got to learn to say no maybe – not just with this, but with lots of things.
“But, I don’t know, basically it’s been 14 months now since I’ve played with British Lion – time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.”
Steve also revealed that British Lion have a live album in the pipeline: “Well, we’ve been talking about a live album for a while.
“We recorded the last couple of tours, and obviously we’ll record stuff from this tour and get as much stuff as we can to get a good cross-section of stuff and then we’ll definitely put a live album out, because I think it’s important.”
British Lion’s remaining European dates are as follows:
Krakov Kwadrat – Tue 22nd
Gdansk Klub B90 – Wed 23rd
Leipzig Hellraiser – Fri 25th
Essen Turock – Sat 26th
Hamburg Markthalle – Sun 27th
Zoetermeer Boerderij – Tue 29th
Vosselaar Biebob– Wed 30th
Folkestone Quarterhouse – Fri 2nd
Trecco Bay Planet Rockstock – Sat 3rd – SOLD OUT
Dublin Button Factory – Sun 4th
Limerick Dolan’s Warehouse – Mon 5th
Belfast Limelight – Tue 6th