The Doleful Lions is the brainchild of Jonathan Scott who started the project in 1996 in Chicago. Along with his brother Robert Scott, they recorded their first demo in 1997. Doleful Lions signed to Urbana IL's Parasol Records, formed a full band and moved to Chapel Hill to record their debut album called Motel Swim, produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Wilco). Scott's own lyrical progression mirrors his own involvement with Magick and the occult. The early albums were chock full of monsters, sasquatches, UFO's and other Fortean phenomena, but the lyrical content became much more focused with the 2005 album Shaded Lodge And Mausoleum, with songs about the Knights Templar (Satanic Blood), The Emerald Tablets Of Thoth (O Martyr Atlantis), and life after death (Slip Inside This Gateway). Jonathan's brother Robert joined him again in 2007 to start working on the follow up to Shaded Lodge And Mausoleum. 2008's 7 was nearly a concept album based on the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and other Theosophic writers, Scott became a card carrying member of the Theosophical Society in 2005 but has since left the group. 2016 has already proven to be the most prolific year in the Doleful Lions 20 year career, with 2 albums and 14 EP's already released, available on iTunes, Spotify and all major music platforms.