BENDIGO-based roots rockers Four Lions have released their second single Stay, from the band’s forthcoming album Hard Days.

Their latest slice of classic Americana-tinged heartland rock comes hot on the heels of last month’s opening salvo How Much.

Stay marks Four Lions’ first foray into a full band composition.

It started life as an unfinished demo of just three chords, brought into a band practice, and took about six sessions to complete.

“It went from sounding like The Who to evolve into something vibing from Tom Petty’s back catalogue,” frontman Shann Lions said.

Lions penned the lyrics, about negotiating the evolving balance of power within a partnership and the need to make sacrifices.

“It’s a triad – two separate individuals, and the relationship – these three entities should all co-exist,” he said. 

“The person in Stay has come to the realisation that they have put their own personal fulfillment to the side.”

Stay was recorded by Finn Keane (Wilco) at Melbourne’s Head Gap Studios and produced by The Greasy Triplets (Lions, lead guitarist Keith MacQueen, and Keane). 

The album Hard Days will be released on May 3, followed by a series of gigs in regional and metropolitan Victoria, and an East Coast tour.