Author: Maddy Lesniak
Judah and the Lion, an alternative band from Tennesse, is back in Wisconsin promoting their newest album, Pep Talks. These past three years have been nothing short of a rollercoaster for this three-man band. From reaching Billboard’s No.1 spot in Alternative songs for “Take it All Back”, touring with Twenty One Pilots, Incubus and Jimmy Eat World and playing an extensive festival list, they are back with full force and enthusiasm.
The band originally started as a Christian-worship group when lead singer, Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald (mandolin), and Nate Zuercher (banjo) were all in school at Belmont University. Since then, the guys have decided to move away from Christian-worship music and have instead branched in to arguably every music genera they could. The band mentioned that their music has “the grit of Run DMC or Beastie Boys” but played on folk instruments, and I wholeheartedly agree. From folk to rock, to pop, alternative and beyond, anyone and everyone can find something they like in their music.
Their newest addition, Pep Talks, explores many different themes such as divorce, affairs, mental health, and alcoholism. However, with all the dark and the pain, listeners can also hear the sounds of hard-won hope and the confidence that we all can conquer any obstacle in our way.
The Sylvee’s doors open at 7pm with duo Flora Cash supporting and starting the night of music at 8pm, where Judah and the Lion will follow.