Q and A with Columbia-based indie rockers, Daddy Lion

It's April Fool's, fools

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Columbia, SC-based indie-rock quartet Daddy Lion will team up with Charleston garage-fuzz-punksters DUMB Doctors and hardcore rockers Savannah’s Cray Bags at Local 616 for a free show on Wed. April 1.

The four-piece, comprising Jeremy Joseph, Randal Franklin, Bart Ballington, and Chris Johnson, deliver contemplative lyrics with a sound that is at once both nostalgic and innovative. NPR Music's Ben Westhoff called it "hearty, fuzzy guitar-rock, full of introspective and tortured travelogues, breakdowns and reminisces."

They sure keeps things interesting, so who knows what's in store for Wednesday. But we did pry a little to find out more about Daddy Lion and their April Fool's Day performance in Charleston. Here's our recent Q&A with the guys.

1. What can we expect at the 616 show on April 1st?

Anything that we tell you to expect, you can't expect, because it's April Fool's Day. But I think you can trust us that there's gonna be stand-up comedy, indie rock, garage rock, and punk rock.

2. We hear there will be surprises and special guests. Can you give us any insider information?

We can't divulge our secrets. The microwave might be listening.

3. How would you describe Daddy Lion's musical style?

If the Beatles, T-Rex, Dinosaur Jr., Modest Mouse, and Tame Impala had a sweet hydra-headed monster child over the course of decades, it would purr like a Daddy Lion on your lap before eating you.

4. How did you get your start/When did you come together as a band?


Daddy Lion started as a lo-fi bedroom pop solo project from Jeremy. He moved to Columbia to study philosophy at USC and met Randal and Bart on Craigslist and Chris at the legendary, now defunct Conundrum Music Hall (RIP).

5. Tell us about your first single, "Maslow."

It's a song about trying to become your real self in a modern age where the normalizing gaze is constantly watching. The music is a mix of Eastern and Western vibes over thick electronic and acoustic ambient orchestration featuring cello from Amy [Cuthbertson] of Can't Kids.

6. Your forthcoming full-length is called Learn to Have Nothing and You Will Have Everything. Have you guys mastered the art of having nothing?

Not quite. We are always hungry for more. But, Jeremy was just reading in the Tao Te Ching that "he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough."

7. Do we know yet when the record will be released?

We are going with the flow and are still waiting for the mud to settle, but Summer 2017 is our estimated time of arrival. We are, however, planning on releasing our next single from the album very soon, likely in April.

8. Do you have any stories to share from past April Fool's Days?

No really good April Fool's stories, yet. Wish we had some! Chris once told an ex-girlfriend he was pregnant though.

Listen to Daddy Lion here, then go check them out at Local 616 on April Fool's Day.

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