The Gray Lions is a collaboration between Marc Rubinstein (Pig Light Show) and producer Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers). If you don't recognize those names you're too young. But with a name like The Gray Lions, you can guess they're from an older era, and my hair isn't looking any younger either. As for their biography and how this project came about, it's a quite lengthy and convoluted story. You can read the same promo material that I received for the back story.
Fundamentally, this is nearly nostalgic classic melodic rock circa mid 1970's to early 1980's. This is not a bad thing by any means. Holy expletive: The Gray Lions rock. Call it old school made to remind the modern age of their history. The Lions combine cliche and catchy hooks with melody and rock hooks to draw you in and get your toe tapping. Run Wild will probably only pass on the retro circuit, but it's authentic rock and roll that, well, made second generation rock and roll great. Rubinstein is marvelous: honest, sometimes raw, but always on point. John Leight on bass (with a local connection to Lancaster PA) and Jim Landry on drums form a solid trio.
Dangerdog readers who live beyond current trends and cliches, those who appreciate the roots of rock, will find The Gray Lions' contemporary delivery of classic rock quite exciting. Certain picks (love those background vocals) are Lost My Woman, Who Do You Love, Luck of the Draw, It Just Ain't Enough, and the heavier closing track You Were Wrong. Think outside the current modern rock box and dig The Gray Lions' Run Wild: you won't be disappointed. Recommended
Dangerdog readers who live beyond current trends and cliches, those who appreciate the roots of rock, will find The Gray Lions contemporary delivery of classic rock quite exciting.