Californian Metallic hardcore mob Lionheart are streaming their new album Love Don’t Live Here exclusively with Metal Hammer. If Monday makes you want to stick both fists and your face through a brick wall then this is for you…
If you want to dig a little deeper into the brutalising record, Lionheart vocalist Rob Watson has a track by track breakdown for you to sink your teeth in…
“I wrote this song at a low point when it felt like I was just in a downward spiral. Same job, same problems, and same bullshit every day. I couldn’t find peace because the cycle just kept repeating itself day in and day out.”
**“This is just a simple, straight-forward ‘fuck you’ to everyone. Definitely not a lyrically ‘deep’ song, nor is it meant to be either. I just felt like telling the world to suck my dick – and so I did. Fuck it. I think everyone feels like saying that sometimes, and that’s what this song is.”
“This is my favourite song on the album, and one of the more personal ones, too. I wrote it while thinking back to when I was younger and all the bullshit my mom had to deal with while raising me. She was a single mom, working multiple jobs, and I was just a fucking disaster. This song is just about growing up fucked up.”
“I’ve been through a lot of shit in my life, and I’ve made a lot of choices – some good some bad, but I stand by all of them. I don’t regret any of the shit I’ve done, but I didn’t make it out unscathed.”
Love Don’t Live Here
“This is, by far, the most personal song I’ve ever written. I wrote this song about the darkest point in my life and when I was at my absolute lowest. In my opinion, this is one of the best songs we’ve ever written and the most important song on the album.”
“I wrote this while looking back on my childhood and how I got into playing music. This is another one of my favourites. I think the lyrics are really honest, straight-forward, and tell part of my story of growing up. It also features some guest vocals from our friend Andrew from a band out here called Mastiff, and he absolutely killed the track.”
“I’ve Been doing this shit for years now. Still reppin’ the Bay everywhere we go, still doing this shit exactly how we want to, and still LHHC. Period.
“The opening lines ‘Out the grave, no shovel. Raised by a single mother, so I know about the hustle,’ are some of my favourite lines on the album. I had to overcome a lot growing up, and I think it put a chip on my shoulder. It is what it is, and looking back I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“If ya can’t figure this one out…”
“This industry is filled with the thirstiest, slimiest, and most disgusting creatures known to man. Too many washed up has-beens trying to make a buck off of young kids, ‘ex-members of’ still begging for rent money 13 bands later, and mid-level label owners who can’t face getting a real job so they rape and pillage the bands they sign. We do this shit for fun, so, thankfully, I don’t have to play ‘politics’ like a lot of other bands do, but I just wanted to let those pieces of shit know that they can all suck my dick if they ever crawl out of their parents basement.”
Going Back To The Bay
“I write about shit that’s relevant to me, and I don’t try and be fancy about it either. I love Northern California, and I’m gonna write 100 songs about it if I want to. End of story.”
Love Don’t Live Here is out January 22. Pre-order it from iTunes.