It is no secret that a band who chooses to wear its rock and roller preference like tight leather pants in Nashville, has to work a little harder, tour a little farther, and build just the right momentum to make a name for themselves. Poised as the next up-and-coming rock group to emerge from the belly of the country music spewing beast; Ligion has their work cut out for them.
Despite the fact lead singer and band namesake, Ligion, bares a slight resemblance to Adam Levine of Maroon 5, their sound is far from pop rock. With a dedicated following of fans magnetized to the edgy, low-slung guitar sound and soulful deliverance, they have paved their way for a sovereign rise to the top. At the exact moment they were overdue for some recognition, Ligion picked up support from Nashville radio station 102.9 The Buzz. And then took the station by force.
Ligion is preparing to release its first album, and I was lucky enough to get a taste of their rich melodies on their debut advance EP, On the Way. As you play through the album, each song has a way of getting in your head and staying there. The title track “On the Way”, leaves a great first impression with straightforward lyrics and an infectious bass line that wraps itself around the melody. The listener is transported to a crowded venue, bursting at the seams with pogo dancing and pulsing lights. I can tell without knowing, these guys would make for a kick-ass live performance.
The sampling on this release is reminiscent of Queensryche’s 1988 rock opera extravaganza, Operation: Mindcrime. Skillfully produced by Grammy-winning producer, Greg Ladanyi, each single digs deeper than the last, all the while maintaining a cohesive and distinct direction. It’s an added bonus that each single was written by front man Lig and guitarist June, and speaks highly of the raw talent they bring to the table. The album bears their signature style throughout; the artful guidance of Ladanyi ties it up in a mind blowing package that all involved can be proud of.