Judah & The Lion's reminisces about the First State, calling it "a majestic place."
Judah & The Lion have been on a ferocious tear in the musical jungle this year.
From January to March, the folk-hop band toured as support for the duo Twenty One Pilots, playing to sold-out crowds in arenas throughout the country.
As if playing the Governors Ball Music Festival this weekend isn’t sweet enough – Judah & the Lion will make their Firefly debut a few days later June 16. Headlining that night will be their pals Twenty One Pilots.
Firefly revelers can expect to hear tunes from JTL's 2016 album, “Folk Hop N' Roll,” including their hit single “Take it All Back.”
Like the album title implies, the project features a blended styling of rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop with folk.
We caught up with Judah & The Lion drummer Spencer Cross, who shed light on why Delaware has a warm place in his heart, sacrifices the band has had to make and fellow Firefly artist Chance The Rapper.
For those who may not be fans yet, describe your music in 10 words or less.
Booty-poppin' banjo music.
How did you come up with your name?
Judah wanted to be a rapper growing up. His mom told him when he grew up he should call himself the Lion of Judah. When we were thinking of band names, Judah brought that story up, we flipped it around and it stuck.
Have you ever been to Delaware?
We have. We played a show on one of our first headlining tours in Milton. We were treated very well by the friendly residents of Milton. I'm pretty sure we went for a midnight swim in the Atlantic that night. Delaware is a majestic place.
Who are a few of your favorite artists?
There's really too many to count. Our variety in tastes is why our music is so eclectic. The four of us right now are listening to anyone from Chance the Rapper to Jason Isbell to The Naked and Famous to Bear's Den.
What are some of the key sacrifices you've had to make to get to where you're at?
Time away from home/loved ones is probably the main one. People at shows only see one hour out of a 24-hour day and there's a large chunk of our day every day that is spent traveling away from our home community. It's a big sacrifice and our loved ones back home are making big sacrifices too. But we are always reminding ourselves why we do what we do and we try and go home as much as possible.
What's a question you wish more people would ask you?
What's something a lot of your fans don't know about you?
We're incredibly normal people. It's easy to put someone's life on a pedestal when their job is on a stage, and when social media shows us only a glimpse or a modified projection of one's life. But trust me, we're only human and we watch just as much Netflix as you do. We're just trying to live our best life possible and love people every step of the way. We want to inspire people in whatever their calling is, and ours just happens to be music.