When the band Lyons needed artwork for their shows. They wanted posters that were fresh but also unique with an abstract and old world style. We were inspired by 19th century children's book illustrations. We took drawings and woodcuts scanned from vintage encyclopedias and books. From there, we arranged them and created collages. We paired the collages with typography that had a similar style to the feeling conveyed with this surrealistic approach. We chose not to add any color except for the background color which is grey with a slight lavender hue.
Collage, Digital Imaging, Typography
Lyons is a refreshing, women-led dreamy rock band from Central NJ. The members that make up Lyons are Jenny Chyb, drums, Sharon Mcdonough, lead guitar, backup vocals, Lisa English, bass, guitar, Charleen Cucci, keys, and Amy Malkoff, vocals and rhythm guitar.
Where are you from and where are you going?
SM: We are from Asbury Park NJ and areas nearby. We are probably not going anywhere any time soon, we are all pretty settled here!
Who are your biggest influences for your sound and writing?
SM: We all really like so many different types of music. We generally don't hold back when it comes to incorporating influences and what we are feeling in the moment. If it sounds cohesive to us, as a group, generally we will play it. We all contribute and write the songs. That is, in my opinion, the best part about being in Lyons. We share a camaraderie that is so perfect for writing and being great friends, as well. As far as sounds, Amy and I (Sharon) have two different guitar sounds. Mine having as much reverb as possible and I try to keep it pretty linear, as far as guitar lines. Amy mixes it up with a lot of tremolo and reverb. We meet in the middle and it works. Charleen is also in the front of our sound and brings amazing texture to anything we play. Lisa and Jenny are so great and bringing a low end that really moves. We always want to have a rhythm that encourages movement.
Where did the name Lyons come from and why have you chosen it for the name of your band?
SM: It sounds like Im being overdramatic, but I woke up and it popped in my head. and..It was one that we could all agree on.
On your album titled Lyons, there is a song entitled Cloudless Blue. I love the buildup right before the chorus? What was the inspiration for this song?
SM: Thanks! The inspiration came from practicing in our studio in the winter and it was freezing cold. The winter felt, quite literally, like it was never going to end. We jokingly said, "Lets write a song about it," Lisa started playing a bass riff and I followed. It was a jam that became a song, much like most of our songs. That was the third song we ever wrote together.
Are you playing a lot of shows and are there any talk of future tours?
SM: We have recently started playing outside of Asbury. We had originally started as a band to play music and have that connection with each other. We had never planned on leaving the basement. Just drinking wine and jams. We really were proud of what we were coming up with and wanted to share it with our friends, so we booked a few shows..then it all took off from there. This year we really want to focus on recording. We have 3 new songs almost fully done. One will be released on a split 7" with the band GODS. Hopefully we will have a few more ready to go soon! We have some out of town shows in the next couple of months, and we are super excited about that!