Well 2013 is starting off right. We’d like to welcome our manager Evan Rapp and his team at Altamira Marketing Consultants and booking Agent Suman Mitra of Village Music in NYC.
We have been hard at work on our album which has finally left Mac’s house and went back to the studio for vocals and mixing. Sounds sick! In the meantime, we’ll be releasing a live EP: ON THE SPOT containing 4 tracks from our show in Providence on August 18, 2012 with Twiddle as well as two tracks from a live show back in December 2011 at the Acoustic Cafe. These EPs will be available for free shortly at any Relative Souls show, or you can download them for free by visiting us on Reverbnation.
Staring to line up some festivals for the spring and summer months and playing with some great artists along the way. We’ll keep you posted!
A Belated Happy 2012 to all of our friends and fans! We would like you all to welcome, “Groovy” Aaron Garovoy to our ranks! He is the latest addition to our lineup. It is safe to say that we all have been targeted by his groovitational pull and must prepare for his SAX OF FIRE!
On a side note, we will be taking to the studio and laying down some tracks to complete our new E.P. that we’ve been cooking up. It will include a few select live tracks, and some new studio tunes! Watch out for our second full length album this summer! Some big ‘ole shows in the works too. Hope to see you all out there!
Yours in funkiness,
Many of you have known or figured this out for some time now if you’ve been to a show since September. After much thought and discussion, Jared White, our singer and songwriter, has amicably left the band for personal reasons. Jared has been the singer and frontman for Relative Souls for the past 4 years, bearing witness to many changes in personnel and musical growth. He has been with us through dozens of gigs all over New England and we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for him. His departure is a disappointment, but we wish him all the best and understand his circumstances. We all remain friends and Jared has now become our #1 fan! It couldn’t have happened in a better way, and we are thankful for that.
Relative Souls, however, is continuing full steam ahead with no loss of momentum whatsoever. This has been evidenced by the last 10 or so gigs we have played since Jared’s departure. We have been fortunate to have the vocal duties passed off to Michael Gurge, our esteemed keyboard player and god of Cornish folklore, fighting evil with his keys. The Gurge is also a vocal teacher at the School of Rock in Fairfield and he obviously is an expert on Relative Souls’ material, so the transition has been nearly seamless. We also see Jared’s departure as a chance to evolve. To our surprise, we have become even MORE funky and more about the Almighty jam, and have been told by nearly all that the change in style was one for the better. This has been evidenced by what we have seen on the dance floor for our past several shows! So if you are a fatalist, you can say that everything happens for a reason. If you’re not, then we just got lucky…
In other news, Relative Souls will continue to evolve its sound. We are actively writing horn charts and seeking horn players to add to the funkiness. In addition, we have laid the groundwork for 12 more tracks in the studio and will be actively finishing them over the winter, as well as re-recording some older tunes. So there are more changes on the horizon. Stay tuned!