Spotlight: The London Souls
Once a trio, Neal began searching for a more concise sound—“less five-minute-long guitar duels”—in a band with more space to fill that didn’t want to lose any intensity, either.
It wasn’t long before the group began catching fellow musicians’ ears. One is Warren Haynes, who has hosted the band at both Christmas Jam and Mountain Jam in the past two years, and who, as Neal recalls, met the group when he randomly showed up at a Mercury Lounge gig in 2008. (“All of a sudden, there’s Warren Haynes. We’re obviously all fans [of his],” Neal says.)
Another supporter is Soulive’s Eric Krasno, who has become a public cheerleader of the Souls on Twitter and a notable sit-in guest. As Neal remembers it, the band saw Krasno at Christmas Jam but didn’t interact with him until the members of Soulive breezed through the Lovin’ Cup Café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the Souls were regulars.
“We’re in the corner playing and Soulive walks in,” St. Hillaire recalls. “And they’re just hanging out. They weren’t there to see us or anything—I think they knew the owner—but we were there.”
Nash laughs: “They jammed with us, I think.”
“And really, just us,” Matsuyama underscores. “They would come up, and then someone would sit out and that person would become the whole audience.”
Then, there’s the producer Ethan Johns. Famous for his work with Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon and plenty of others, Johns was a word-of-mouth fan who contacted the band in May 2009 about recording an album. In a two-week span last fall, The London Souls finished its debut at Abbey Road Studios in London.
“What’s funny is that when we went over there, [Johns had] been listening to a whole album’s worth of earlier stuff of ours that we had no intention of recording,” St. Hillaire says. “He had all these ideas about what could go where and we came in with a different sound.”
Neal says that the band previewed the new material for Johns on the first night was in town at a local bar in London. “He was [still] down,” Neal the guitarist chuckles. “We passed.”
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
- The National at Public Assembly and on Colbert (Gallery and Clips)
- John Fogerty and Dawes "Someday Never Comes" on Letterman
- Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers "Little Too Late" Live at the Hangout
- John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone
- The Facebook Photo Contest Top 10
- Welcome to moe.town (Relix Revisited)
- Visions of the Hangout Music Festival 2013 (A Gallery)
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Share "Better Days"
- Interlocken Festival to Feature Neil Young, Furthur, String Cheese Incident, Black Crowes, Zac Brown and More
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Friend of The Devil" at the Beacon
- The Salvation of Page McConnell (Relix Revisited)
- Interlocken Adds Widespread Panic and John Fogerty, Furthur to Play Workingman’s Dead
- Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa "If Heartaches Were Nickels"
- The Final Ingredient in Dogfish Head’s Grateful Dead Tribute Ale Is…
- Stone Gossard Readies His Moonlander
- Trey Anastasio Band at The Hangout (Video Stream)
- Doctor’s Orders: So what should we call the Super Ball IX Newspaper?
- John Kadlecik Posts Statement on Bob Weir’s Collapse
- "I Wanne Be In moe.": The Latest Volunteers
- Bob Weir Escorted Off Stage During Furthur Show
- Furthur Cancels BottleRock Show as Bob Weir Is Out Of Commision
- Vote for Your Favorite "I Wanne Be In moe." Contestant
- Doctor’s Orders: What’s Your Favorite Furthur Song? (Win Copy of Relix Signed by Phil and Bobby)
- On The Verge Poll