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Life as Lions: What's the Penalty for Regicide These Days?

It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

It's a pretty common complaint of mine that rock is dead, killed in a mighty suck avalanche at the turn of the century that so decimated the genre it's unlikely a viable breeding population still exists. Still, there are a few bands around Houston that can still legitimately call themselves rock without bearing the shame their more mainstream brethren bear.

Take Life as Lions, for example. They've got all the earmarks of a great rock band. They rock a look that says they could get a bank loan but also know a good drug dealer. Their music is both brash and emotional, with a nice combination of mindless banging and poetic wail.

You could see a really good hero movie trailer being set to something like "Different Worlds." Someone get Marvel on the phone and tell them we've got a track for Guardians of the Galaxy all ready for them.

But that name...

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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