The latest release from August Winters entitled “The Lion The Reaper” is a 2000s style emo track with some serious MCR ballad undertones. In fact, we could almost believe if this track had appeared on a Now album around that time, though this song has a more updated sound with some ambient synth and post-production effects. Together, vocals that recall Bowling for Soup’s Jaret Reddick, a catchy melodic hook, the polished instrumental backing (including great understated lead guitar work), and a rock opera ending all convincingly recall a glorious era of skinny jeans and gel wristbands.
Even though we’re in the least Christmassy time of year, being post-winter and nowhere near Christmas in July, this track also manages to put us in the holiday spirit, with its hymn-like melody, broad guitar, big drums, and those tubular bells. Alongside MCR, we hear shades of Mannheim Steamroller, but more pop punk and less 80s metal.
As with much music from this genre, “The Lion The Reaper” is a deceptively fun track that belies its depressing theme, and it nostalgically reminds us of high school.
August Winters - The Lion The Reaper