Australian duo, Lyon Apprentice have learnt to turn places into sounds. From creaky, howling folk music to emotional dream-pop, LA manage to distil the reminiscences of their changing homes into an ever-evolving, and carefully selected, back-catalogue of songs. Growing up in the sweltering bushland of Northern Queensland, brothers Adam & Nathan Lyons began learning the piano from a young age. The boys relocated to the glittering shores of the Gold Coast during their high school years and recently returned home from a two year stint in Manchester, UK.
Writing acoustic tracks initially as a side project, LA brought 15 demos to Big Sister Studios in Cairns to work with producer Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise) in 2013. This two week recording session became LA’s debut EP, Be Honest, Be Wild, Be Free, which was mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals, Death Cab For Cutie, Local Natives) in London.
After having scored opening slots for Cub Sport, Big Scary & Bear's Den, LA released their first single ‘Beautiful Thought’. Momentum continued into follow-up tracks 'I Will Find You' & 'Be Careful' with airplay on Triple J, attention from online tastemakers and international showcases at Canadian Music Week & Music Matters in Singapore. Their debut EP was independently released in April 2014, where they continued to work on other projects with various artists.
In early 2016, LA recorded current single 'Alice' - a tribute to a longtime friend and the husband she lost. The track was produced & mixed by Adam in their Manchester home studio and saw them shuffling off their folk roots and embracing synth-driven, percussive production. Playing rare shows during their time in the UK, they supported the Alavarez Kings, Causes & performed at Dot 2 Dot Festival.
In the final month of their UK tenure, LA returned to the studio to write and record new material. These songs are woven from memory and experience, the summation of two chaotic years spent in the motherland, and will be released in the not too distance future...
Lyon Apprentice’s tracks