1. Let Back 2. Come On Let's Go 3. Ease My Mind 4. Evolution Calls 5. How Many Times
Daniel Norman headed to Los Angeles with the idea of being an actor. He never dreamed he might end up fronting a band. After becoming disillusioned with the actor's life, Norman headed to Berlin for a while to clear his head. One day, while walking through the park, a melody parked itself in Norman's brain and wouldn't let go. By March of 2010, Norman had drawn in kindred spirits Mike Nissen (guitar) and Eric McCann (upright bass, keys), and the connection was instantaneous. A House For Lions was born. Just a scant year later, A House For Lions releases their debut EP, I Want Us To Be Remembered.
I Want Us To Be Remembered opens with the song that started it all. "Let Back" grew from the wayward melody that caught Daniel Norman by surprise in Berlin, and is a mildly catchy though highly repetitive alt-pop number that will play well to radio programmers doesn't have a lot of commercial oomph. Norman's voice has a lazy, sleepy quality to it that is moderately appealing, but his lack of enunciation and his tendency to sing just a bit flat are distracting. "Come On Let's Go" is a bit catchier and may have a chance at commercial radio.
"Ease My Mind" is a mellow rumination on someone he hopes will wait for him. The Americana/60's rock tune is very well written, although runs a bit too long given the lack of dynamic variation. The protagonist here keeps to the road as an escape, even as he looks forward to returning home to ones he loves. "Evolution Calls" is a great blend of pop and Americana that is certain to get toes tapping. Daniel Norman juxtaposes the concepts of love and moving on all at once, and slaps on an atypical chorus with buzzy guitars and a melody line that will stick to the inside of your skull. This is the best writing on the disc. A House For Lions closes with "How Many Times",