If you’re a long term altrocklife reader, then you’ll know that I’ve been a big fan of The Lion And The Wolf AKA singer-songwriter-guitarist Thomas George for quite a while. My love affair started when I reviewed his first full-length record, Symptoms, for Scene Better Days, and the musician has only improved from there. He’s played dozens of live shows in the UK and Europe, both in support of PJ Bond and his own headline gigs. Basically, I think he’s a real talent, and I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground, ready to report back on any news from him.
Imagine my delight when yesterday The Lion And The Wolf made not one, but TWO announcements! First off, the musician has now been signed to a new label, Xtra Mile Recordings. Like myself, the record label were impressed with George’s DIY outlook and drive to produce his debut record, and have now decided that this is the time to add him to their roster.
Not only that, but The Cardiac Hotel, George’s second full length record, will be released on October 2nd through Xtra Mile Recordings and Grand Hotel van Cleef. During the announcement on his Facebook page, The Lion And The Wolf said:
The idea that both of these labels are behind me and believe in The Lion and the Wolf makes my heart swell with pride and sets my weathered soul alight.
This latest record was heavily inspired by his father, who unfortunately has been the victim of illness over the past couple of years. Such emotional and heartfelt subject matter is standard fare for The Lion And The Wolf, who describes his genre as “crushing melancholy”. The first single from the upcoming record is entitled Find The Time, and was inspired by repeated hospital visits where the outcome is uncertain. You can listen to the track below: