Following up the “Dude Manor” EP, Canada’s Living With Lions hits hard with “Make Your Mark”. With a sound that’s situated between melodic hardcore and poppunk and influenced by both Dude Ranch-era Blink 182 and Lifetime, these dudes fit in perfectly with the likes of The Swellers and Polar Bear Club. The songs are catchy yet still contain enough grit to not be tossed in with the more slick and poppy bands out there and that’s just fine by me.
There’s hardly anything original to be found on “Make Your Mark” but I doubt that’s why these guys started a band. They sound honest, managed to put a smile on my face and you can hear them having a great time. Honestly, isn’t that what it’s supposed to be about in the first place?