Over six albums Lionize have streamlined their blend of funky riffs, cyborg tales and reggae sensibilities into an original, rock whole; culminating with the propulsive Jetpack Soundtrack in 2014. Now, with seventh LP Nuclear Soul, they’re raising the bar again with their most fearless, expansive-sounding songs yet. As singer/guitarist Nate Bergman tells us: “It [the music] has elements of bands like Clutch and Deep Purple, but its not quite that – it’s something all its own. I think the beauty of the band right now is that all these elements touch on something familiar, but also sound new.” In writing and road testing Nuclear Soul the band aimed to redefine what it means to be a classic sounding rock’n’roll band. Thematically, they also harnessed the present political climate to powerful effect. “We had no rules or ideals,” he continues. “We just wanted to take people on a musical journey that excited them, and showed how emotionally moving the band could be.” Ultimately this is Lionize at their most arena-ready – without compromising on soul, sass or substance. It’s that wonderful space where vintage style and contemporary fire collide.