PLATTSBURGH - Crown of Lions is all about hardcore.
The band - which consists of Jordan Paolini on vocals, Justin Augusta on bass, Ian Countryman on guitar and Mark Newell on drums - started in November 2008 when the four got together to play their music in a basement on Elm Street. Ever since, the band has promoted itself as a "hard-hitting, fast-paced, progressive hardcore band" that spreads "the positive message and lifestyle that is hardcore ... while never being afraid to be real and expose the fake that surrounds us every single day." The band's name, said Paolini, is symbolic of that and "the struggle for power that exists in life, as well as in this country of ours."
"By struggling for this power, many things can go wrong and many lives can be negatively impacted, or even broken," said Paolini. "Our band is a medium for bringing these issues to light and exposing the reality of the situations and world we are forced to deal with today."
The band's sound is "raw, progressive and motivational," said Paolini, with great influence from bands like Verse, Ambush, and One King Down, among others.
"Crown of Lions has stylistically and principally blended both what we love and what we respect," he said.
The result is an honesty in their music that shines through when they play, said Paolini.
"An intense honesty that conveys that we aren't playing music to be popular or to be anything more than what we are," he said. "But rather, we're trying to inform people and expose the media-induced illusion of safety that exists in everyone's lives at this very second."
The band's first performance was in March 2009 at the North Country Co-op on Bridge Street, giving the four their first taste of what it's like to perform in the local music scene.
"We love the people that come out to shows and help to support the local music community here in Plattsburgh," said Paolini. "Everyone that I see go to shows locally always seems excited to be there and friendly ... We always love playing locally because we know that we'll have a great audience."
Since their debut, Crown of Lions has played numerous shows across New York and New England, both on their own and with hundreds of other bands. The demand for their music led them to record a five-song EP with Ethan Henry, ex-drummer of the band Freya, in mid-October 2009. It's also led them to plan their first full-length album, to be recorded with friend Joe Cross at What Have You Records in Plattsburgh.
(Editor's Note: Crown of Lions will perform this Friday, Feb. 25, with bands Lie Captive, Signals, Still Rings True, and Forever Endeavor in the basement of Olive Ridley's, accessible at 30 Marion St. The show starts at 7 p.m. Check out the band on Facebook and MySpace for upcoming shows and more information.)