Lions and Poets first formed in 2010. Through its diverse lineup of musicians, Lions and Poets brings subtle hints of punk, jazz, blues, and southern rock elements together to form its unique sound. The band’s original music and lyrics draw heavily on singer Tom Robles’ life experiences. The music strikes a careful balance of originality and accessibility to ensure an energetic live experience for fans.
Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tom Robles is the founding member of Lions and Poets. A native of West Covina, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2003. Tom works as a law office clerk by day and is an avid sports and wine enthusiast. He started playing music with local LA bands such as The Churchills and Rubber Soul before taking a brief hiatus from music. In the Spring of 2010, Tom formed Lions and Poets to record an album of original material, which led to the release of the band’s debut album, On The Vine. The success of On The Vine and its successor, Twenty Days of Utter Indulgence, reinvigorated his will to play live music. In addition to his work on vocals and guitar, Tom is also the band’s chief songwriter. He currently resides in West Covina.
Drummer David Avery originally hails from San Jose, California. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in American Studies and currently works by day as a Director of Content Marketing for a leading data performance management company. David joined Lions and Poets in 2012 as a veteran of multiple Los Angeles bands, including Ursa Minor. He continues to perform regularly with The Wrong Windows. In addition to his expertise as a drummer and percussionist, David also contributes to the band as its chief backing vocalist. He currently resides in Silver Lake with his wife, Jennifer, and two children.
John Reikes is the band’s lead guitarist. A native of California, John studied at UC Riverside and Loyola Law School before beginning a career in the legal technology industry. Though John began playing music as a child, it was not until he was an adult that he began studying guitar seriously. Prior to joining Lions and Poets in 2015, he played in a local cover band before taking time off to start a family. In addition to his work on guitar, John recently began playing piano. He currently resides in Encinitas with his wife and daughter.
Bassist Steve Blasini, a transplant from New York City, brings 10 years of bass playing and a lifetime of music to the band. Along with his wife of 17 years, BenniQue, he owns and operates a visual effects studio where they create digital imagery for film and television. Film and music have been Steve's greatest passions and he is very lucky to have established himself in both. His greatest musical inspirations are YES, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and all their progressive rock brethren. He performs live shows regularly at the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip where he has established himself as a reliable contributor to the venue. He is excited to join the band and believes that with the talent of his band mates and the great original material, the sky's the limit.