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MP3 Fate Lions - Good Enough For You

A towering inferno of melodram-pop.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (40:20) !
Related styles: ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Power Pop

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Fate Lions began in early 2007 when founding member Jason Manriquez decided it was time to be in a band. Over coffee with guitarist Niki Saukam, the two detailed their overall vision for the type of music they wanted to make. The band is now made up of Manriquez singing and playing guitar, Saukam on guitar and backing vocals, Josh Hoover on drums, and Tony Ferraro on bass and backing vocals. Fate Lions continue to stretch their music, drawing on a diverse base of influences ranging from Guided By voices and Teenage Fanclub to The Replacements and Elvis Costello. Determined to make smart, fun rock music for the rest of us.

Fate Lions, Good Enough for You: Speaking of Nourallah, this Fort Worth four-piece band finished collaborating with him last year on its forthcoming record, which fairly shimmers with potent power-pop. The band’s singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Manriquez says the band is wrapping up mastering right now and hopes the disc will be out sometime around South by Southwest. Until then, you can preview a few of the tracks on the quartet’s MySpace page.

Preston Jones Fort Worth Star Telegram/https://www.tradebit.com Wednesday, Jan. 07, 2009

The Fate Lions get my vote for Most Improved Player(s). In about a year’s time, they’ve gone from so-so Americana act to one of the best pop-rock bands around. I’d have to tip my hat to ‘em anyway just for doing what they’re doing: conjuring up Nick Lowe-ish, R.E.M.-y, Elvis Costello-esque ‘80s radio pop. Not only is no one in town really doing anything similar but also the early ‘80s were my formative music years – ah, memories. But the Fate Lions aren’t just aping some sort of distinctive sound from yesteryear to milk sympathy from old nostalgic tools like me. They’re being the real deal, expertly mixing jangly, cranky, countrified, Rickenbacker-tinged solos with snappy, toe-tapping beats and ooh-ahh-ing harmonies. “Astronaut” hinges on a Byrds-y, Doors-ish, Middle-Eastern guitar figure over a thumping tribal beat – accented by tambourine (awesome) – and sung by frontman Jason Manriquez either on a bullet mic or in a tin can. “Starsign” is a sunshiny ditty that wouldn’t seem out of place on a Triple-A station, and “The Girls Are Alright” is a catchy neo-Brit-pop gem whose chorus includes always lovable double hand-claps – y’know, clap-clap clap, clap-clap clap, etc. – and wry lyrics like: “Because the girls are alright / They go bump in the night / From their heads to their toes, it’s what everyone knows / Yeah, the girls are alright / They go bump in the night with me.” Well, I guess Don Juan Manriquez’s confidence is well earned.

Anthony Mariani, FW Weekly Blotcher "Weekender 10-3"

Jason Manriquez, the singer-songwriter and guitarist for the eminently hummable pop-rock outfit Fate Lions...

And thanks to the prolific output of Manriquez — the band has a backlog of about 30 original songs — this quietly confident Fort Worth quartet has matured light-years beyond its early-2007 debut...
...celebratory reminders of REM in a folky mood, or Big Star with an acoustic bent, or Wilco during a living-room concert.

Indeed, it was a common obsession with Big Star founder Alex Chilton’s aesthetic of low self-esteem and sunny melodies that sealed Manriquez and Saukam’s musical collaboration...

“A few years ago, I bought this old junker of a car when I had to make a 45-minute commute to work,” said Manriquez. “It didn’t have a CD player or a radio or anything. I hummed my way through the drive time — songs I loved, songs I wrote myself. I decided then that if you couldn’t hum a tune, it wasn’t worth listening to.”

Or worth writing and performing for that matter. Saukam said, “I think a lot of bands are afraid of melody, or at least it’s the first thing they drop when they’re trying to sound edgy or original or experimental or whatever. The tune is clichéd to them. But that’s why I think a lot of bands don’t stand out.”

The Fate Lions aren’t afraid of being called pop musicians or admitting to their sing-along influences. Manriquez and Saukam were quick to point out that talent borrows, genius steals. Anyway, they insist, modern American music is a cannibalized amalgam. Hooks, riffs, and melodies are consumed and then regurgitated — hopefully with some new insight or spin — in a perpetual cycle of pop evolution.

...The band plays a couple of gigs each month, and they’re tentatively set to record a proper full-length in spring ’08 with producer and singer-songwriter Salim Nourallah (The Old 97’s, The Deathray Davies)...

“None of us would turn our nose up at being wealthy,” said Saukam. “But I’ve learned that so many circumstances are beyond a band’s control. It doesn’t always matter if you’re talented...
...But I’ve always been a musician, and I’ll always play music whether somebody pays me or not. I just hope somebody will listen.”

FW Weekly December 12, 2007 By Jimmy Fowler

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