Saturday, March 3, 2012

The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/23/12

The name alone was enough to get me interested in checking them out.  When I added in how much they play Brooklyn Bowl and the opening band, while I'm not a Nigel Hall fan, says I might like the headliner.

It was a good rock trio.  The singing wasn't bad but it wasn't great, either.  Now that I've seen the development in Jessica Lurie's singing, and knowing all of my professional singer friends take lessons, I think all singers in a band need to take regular lessons from a good teacher.  Anyway, this show was great instrumentally and a lot of fun.  I was dancing, which means I was into it and could feel it.  There was some kind of reunion party going on in the audience, so there were a lot of talkers.  The music was loud enough that it didn't matter, though.
The London Soul’s unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll trio channels, “the best bits of your old man’s dusty vinyl collection.”(Relix)  The band – guitarist Tash Neal, bassist Kiyoshi Matsuyama, and drummer Christ Saint – collaborate on vocals and have built a fervent New York City fan base since hitting the scene in 2008.
The London Souls
Praised by former Idolator editor-in-chief Maura Johnston as “amazingly tight… swampy rock music that should make any lazy rock radio programmer rethink the word ‘grunge’” and credited as “an absolute must-see” by The Tripwire, The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.
Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

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