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2 Lions

Laredo, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Laredo, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Funk




"Two Lions CD Release"

A new album from local alternative rock act Tw Lions is set to be released this Sunday with a night full of music - including a full, live performance of the new release - set up to celebrate the special milestone. Local artists will be in abundance at the full-day gig, showing their support for the new album from the local rock powerhouse.

Made up of Rene Castillo (guitar), Caleb Villarruel (drums), and brothers Trey (bass) and Justin White (vocals/keyboards), Two Lions is one of the biggest and baddest bands in the border city. The band has an undeniable appeal, with a hard rock sound that pairs well with quick, lyrical vocals and mixes with an experimental, psychedelic sound that brings to mind snippets of the Mars Volta combined with other influences such as Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Previous gigs include a slot at AutMus Fest that was won after a battle of the bands victory and opening slot for grammy-nominated '90s act Tonic.

The band started work on their new album just over a year ago, but only finished the final touches on the album in the past couple of months due to hectic personal schedules.

Local acts at the show will include Hand Me Down, Blink After Midnight, Thisistoodifficult, Little Fears, Jay V, Breaking Even and San Benito's ...And The Hero Prevails.

Physical copies of the album will be available at the show for $10 per CD, with vinyl and online releases set to follow in the coming weeks, giving attendees of the $3 show an exclusive sneak preview before the record is widely available.

Laredoans who miss out on the album release show, though, can catch Two Lions along with two local favorites, Pretty Visitors and Automatic Weekend, next Saturday, August 8th, at Average Joe's for Indie Uprising II. - Laredo Morning Times - Louis San Miguel

"BBMS Blog"

Crunchy guitars, funky basslines, and a sense of humor. I am totally enjoying the eff out of TWO LIONS. It's like the black keys stopped taking themselves too seriously. That's what the music is all about. Playing and having fun! Enjoy TWO LIONS. - Sammy " The House" Ramirez


Still working on that hot first release.



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Alternative, Experimental, and Funk, Rock band "Two Lions" became quickly formed Feb 2012 by the chemistry of Rene Castillo and Justin White. 

Justin moved into a friends house for a couple of weeks, due to family problems early 2012. He would see his friends' older brother, who barely said hi, as an aquaintance would. He would disappear going upstairs to the attic to what seemed unimportant. Until one day, as Justin was practicing his songwriting, came from the attic a sound of crave. The Curious Cat  climbed to the top of the stairs and was inspired by the liberation in sounds being performed by Rene. Rene sees Justin watching him and invites him over. He asks Justin to sing something to see what he can potentially work with. He was satisfied enough to green light. They both started the project from scratch to build a new road of what brings them In hopes to bring to life a dream which can convert the non-believers. The ambitious duo come from a once "down talked" city, Laredo TX. This was until Laredo became a great rise of Art from the easel to the podium for poetry, from photography, Comedy nights to live venues, Two Lions has been inspired by the movement and their supporters after the creation of their 4 song, unreleased EP "Love Sex Revolution" (mid-2012) . With the motivation of a city who believed in the new sound movement they showed listeners, they had to have a Serious talk. The talk was knowing that the love of music is there but at the same time Debating it was too risky to take the Profession as musicians. The Heart became the winner over the conversation.

With more instruments to handle on stage and tracks in the home studio recordings for the ep, came a quest. In order to have their music reach a wide range of audiences, the band put in great devotion to seek two more artists to complete the four piece element. Great Improvisation drummer, "Caleb Villarreal", joined the band, June of the same year, to add much needed energy and entertainment to wake up the minds into the rise of original music.  Taking along with him, A heavy metal background and the Double-Pedal, It wasn't long that the 3 felt much needed Greatness within the band. Then came the questioning of the music as to, there was no real way to label the music. It couldn't just be simply one genre. The band believed it was important not to limit yourself. So it was noticed that The 3 knew, rehearsal was missing a Energetic performance. They wanted to bring the Vocal mic to a free roam and have someone play bass. Not long after Caleb was initiated, local dj, "Trey White" who was playing at high rated venues in the city was introduced, mentored to the bass guitar, and offered the position by his brother Justin, leading to a path of composing on his own. Trey, intrigued by the idea of something different and with bigger potential, quickly jumped-in bringing a wave and fancy groove performing along stage with the 3 artist. This was the making and awakening of the vibrant-sound finally being presented. This will spark the flame Rene and Justin had invisioned when the ideas floated around in the attic. Where a "just because band" became a "band on a mission".

Rising band, 2 Lions ended 2015 with their completed first album "CrownTheSunset" (which is available on ITunes, Spotify, and etc.). Their first Official Music Video for the single "In The Zone" released in February 2015 had effective and positive response from Two Lions' fans. Their determination has led up to the opening acts for Grammy nominated band "Tonic" and signed bands such as "Iwrestledabearonce" and "Alesana" and were able to reach Local radio stations, interviews and international online radio play. 

For 2016,  Two Lions are only becoming bigger bringing extra conscious awareness and very energetic vibrations, soaring through the roads Of The United States for their tour "CrownTheSunset", heading to cities all over Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, and NewYork.

Justin (956) (744-3417) 
Rene (956) (606-2169) 

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