Shiny Old Soul

Shiny Old Soul describes their music as "Cosmic Roots"; a fusion of a bluesy, roots-driven foundation and an eclectic, unbound catalogue of original songs. Comparisons range from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead, the Meters, Pink Floyd, and The Decemberists, to broader genres like gypsy jazz & vintage rock. Yeah, they're one of those bands, sounding inevitably like themselves but with a bizarre tip of the hat to countless others. But really it's all about the songs, and themes like bank robberies, pregnant pirates, time travelers, voodoo spells, allegory, and plain old sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, that conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places; a broken heart by any other name. If that wasn't weird enough, folks really like to dance to it, too. Fans can be seen singing along to many of songwriter/guitarist Gregory Morris' vast collection of songs, elevated by the jazz stylings of drummer Katherine Monnig and low end folk maestro Michael Sadoff. In fact, Gregory, Michael & Katherine have been playing together since 2003, formerly known as the Gregory Morris Group. The latest SOS album (Cash is King, Jan 2012) features two charming female vocalists, Lee Schmidt, with her sultry deep water timbre, and Laura Hughes with her clear, high Nashville croon. Together they round out the 5 piece ensemble with its unique blend of harmony, beat and lyric, ranging from the ominous to the ridiculous, thriving on a balance of low gain and high intensity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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