Matt's main creative outlet is Brisbane based rock band - Young Lions.
All too often, fresh bands that explode onto the music scene fail to rise to the challenge of taking their music to the next level and fall by the wayside. Now three critically acclaimed albums deep; Young Lions is not that band.
Dedicated and relentless, Young Lions’ latest and highly anticipated third album ‘Mr Spaceman’ launched into orbit in mid-2017 after almost two years of consistent preparation. Matching the bands commitment, fans of the Brisbane based 4-piece responded in kind; catapulting the album to #3 on iTunes global and #3 on the AIR Charts. Accompanied with outstanding reviews from industry giants such as ‘Rolling Stone,’ giving the album 4/5 and calling Mr. Spaceman a “record that explodes their sound into heady, arena-ready territory” the album is a certified success. ‘The Music’ whole heartedly agreed, matching the 4/5 rating with Aneta Grulichova going as far as calling Mr. Spaceman an “…incredible album. Definitely a fan.”
Praise for the boundary pushing concept album didn’t stop there either:
Depth Magazine: 10/10 - “… my album of the year so far!”
Kill Your Stereo: 90 / 100 - “A powerful LP that'll leave you on the edge of your seat.”
Sound Fiction: 8.7/ 10 - “…there hasn’t been as much of a response as they deserve. That should all change with the release of their third album, Mr Spaceman.”
The Sonic Sensory: 5/5 - “…a flawless display of musicianship, songwriting, and atmosphere… It is peerless.”
Supporting this release Young Lions embarked on an ambitious Australian headline tour, selling out almost every show on the run and delivering a live experience to rival the very best in the business. This should be of no surprise to anyone that has seen Young Lions before however, having already earnt a legion of loyal fans across the country supporting the likes of Hands Like Houses, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silverstein, Dream On Dreamer, Bayside and Short Stack to name a few.
Having formed in the early months of 2013, Zach Britt (Vocals), Morgan Castle (Bass), Matt Gibson (Drums) and Ryan Allison (Guitar) created a band whose alternative edge has rapidly positioned them in the forefront of the rock genre. The release of ‘Burn’ in October 2013 was named “alternative Rock at its finest” and the title track earning them a spot on Triple J’s Short Fast Loud top 40 listener poll. The sophomore album ‘Blue Isla’ was released in January 2015 and was praised by Rolling Stone Magazine for the band’s “undeniable charm to the songwriting” and describing the fan-favourite track “You Are II” as a “a sonic adrenaline rush that rivals the best of 30 Seconds To Mars”.
With three highly acclaimed albums already under their belt, relentless touring and unrivalled commitment to delivering their best, Young Lions are a band on the verge of entering Australia’s elite.
You can keep up to date with Young Lions on their social media accounts:
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or at www.younglionsaus.com