Rob Saranpa aka "NohawkRob" (I used to have a mohawk, now I shave my head LOL).
Where are you from?
Bakersfield, California, USA.
Name of band:
Lions Named Leo.
Who else is in your band?
Joe Barry - Lead vocals and trumpet
Tee Stevens - Lead vocals/guitar and primary songwriter
Samuel McKinney - drums and vocals
And myself on bass guitar and vocals
How would you describe yourselves?
A very unique and refreshing blend of alternative rock/ska/reggae/punk. FUN!!!
Who are your main influences musically?
Wow! Um, too many to list, we all bring our own musical tastes to the mix.
We have been compared to so many...Sublime, RHCP, Reel Big Fish, Madness. One producer said, "sounds like Korn mixed with Bob Marley!"
What do you hope to achieve in music?
Make people happy, think, and enjoy and do this by doing what we love for a living. Leave behind something musically immortal.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Personally I would say playing The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood. This was a ReverbNation contest and there were some celebrity judges there; Aaron Rossi (Ministry drummer) Paige Montgomery - (music industry) and Dan Chlor - of the band Weapon X and a music industry professional.
Anyway, they told us at the onset to make sure we are 'creative'. After we were done one bartender just shook his head and said: "I've seen a lot of these and you guys are like the best I've heard and seen!". We did not win that night but we received a critique from the judges...they said: "Tight musicianship, great enthusiasm and stage presence but your genre is confusing."
WOW!!! We took that as a HUGE compliment!!! Especially after they told us to be creative.
We hear that a lot.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Um...I forgot. LOL None really yet...love this group! We have our little issues like all but we are like a family. When we play in my town of Tehachapi,CA, my wife lets the whole band stay at our place. We dont like to party too much when we play so after the gig, usually at 2am, my wife Kit, makes us all shots and quesadillas and has all the bedding ready...she ROCKS!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
TOUGH ONE! With two distinctly different lead vocalists and a trumpet so hard to choose.
Our lead singers Joe and Tee blend so well together I would have to say Can I Want the World There Too. Very upbeat, trumpet, dual vocals and FUN!
But it is amazing how different list different songs as their favorites...and there in lies our strength. It always comes down to the songs, and the ability to pull them off live!
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Our main site www.lionsnamedleo.com
@lionsnamedleo on Twitter
Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
We now have an incredible management team led by Grammy winner Dennis Rubenstein, and they are polishing us up to present to major labels. I believe we will be signed soon...question is by who?
We also have major gigs coming up at The Mint in Los Angeles on July 11th and The House of Blues in San Diego on July 27th.