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EP: “Fools On Parade” by Soulhole
By Jon on November 29th, 2015 at 11:21
Posted In: CD, Reviews, Chinners
Bournemouth band Soulhole have a whole lot of staying power and determination. When Father and Son, Matthew and Jordan Digby were faced with losing three members of the band they could have easily just given up. Thankfully this was not an option and the band was brought back from the brink by auditioning and inducting three new members-Kerry Evans (Guitar), Nathan Wallington (Drums) and Billy Poore (Bass). The band have been playing a whole host of gigs over the Summer to bed in the new members and to discover their mojo once again. This time has been used wisely and a new 4 track EP called “Fools on Parade” has been released to mark this new chapter in the band’s life. The EP was officially released at a launch party at Eden in Bournemouth on the 19th November, where the band were on fire; showing they have not lost any of their previous sparkle.
The EP open’s with a song that has been around for a while and was played quite a bit live with the previous band line up. It starts slowly with guitar, then they introduce a small amount of percussion; then the keyboards, before a funky bassline punches in turning the track on its head. The instantly infectious tune shows a great mixture of old and new influences, creating a fresh new sound that shows these guys are on the right track. These ingredients can also be found in track 2 “A Bit of Your Funk” where the infectious nature of the music continues with this foot-tapping number that needs to be played with the bass turned up. “City Catz” shows up some clever use of vocal harmonizing, with more creative use of guitars combined with Matthew’s considerable keyboard skills.
The first signs of a real change in the Soulhole camp comes in the form of the title track “Fools on Parade”. There is more than a tinge of darkness here with a slowed down Blues number that Jordan has written, about the regret of a failed relationship. The track shows the considerable pain suffered from the break-up and introduces some “Jazz club” – style saxophone; nicely played by Jordan, along with the keys and gentle guitar melodies. The lyrics really hit the spot with one line stating “These times we shared have they all gone to waste?, I took you for granted cos I’m a fool on parade”! The scream at the end echoes the release that a writer can get from delving deep inside themselves to produce a masterpiece such as this. The band have found a new rejuvenation and with lots more new songs already written this is just the beginning of this new chapter.
Mathew Digby – Keyboards
Jordan Digby – Guitar/Vocals
Billy Poore – Bass
Nathan Wallington – Drums
"Abazar is one of the most exceptional and incomparable albums from an up and coming artist." - Lizzies Lowdown (read full review)
"This incredible album features 9 songs with more funk than a 1960's downtown bar in New Orleans. If you want to be lifted up, this is your album." - Oak Sessions (read full review)
"Standing in 2014 and waving at 1971 shouting 'Look this is what you'll look like in the future', Soulhole provide us with modern day funk/soul compendium with a smile on its face." - Gigs & Bands (read full review)
"Soulhole have really nailed it here, a debut album that really does have something for everyone"..."If “Abazar” is a magic word, it certainly has done the trick!!" - Rock Regneration (read full review)
"The best band to come out of Poole. Ever." - Dave Cooper (Christy's Dad)
ABAZAR ALBUM LAUNCH-
"With the crowd packed in tighter than a camels arse in a sandstorm, Chaplins was the perfect place for the chaps to inflict Abazar upon the world." (read full review)
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Soulhole are four guys from the south coast of the UK, with a provocative fusion of funk-rock and blues. Their sound fuses influences from an eclectic array of genres of popular music.
Formed in 2014, Soulhole is Nate Wallington- drums, Matt Digby- keys and backing vocals, Billy Poore- bass guitar and Jordan Digby- lead vocals and guitar.
Throughout the group’s musical pursuits and experimentation, their spirited sound is based on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by Matt’s keyboard work and Jordan’s impassioned vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with a satirical take on modern life, focus on personal themes and 21st Century living.
2015 saw them build on and solidify their reputation as an energetic and dynamic live act performing at local festivals, clubs and bars. Between all of this they found time to get into the studio to record their new EP- Fool On Parade which marks a new musical direction, and signals what can be expected on their second album due for a Summer release.
2016 onwards has just been a cimb for the boys with them winning The sound of Summer battle of the bands in London, Soho and later playing Bestival in 2017.
With a new E.P coming out at the end of september these guys just wont stop!
Notable Venues Played To Date...
Chaplins & Cellar Bar, Boscombe
The Winchester, Bournemouth
The Old Firestation, Bournemouth
Talking Heads, Southampton
The Joiners Arms, Southampton
The Old Ale House, Salisbury
Bournemouth Sevens Festival 2014
Acoustic Movement Festival 2014
Grooves On The Green Festival 2014
Runner Up in Gigs and Rigs Best Of Bournemouth 2014
Swansea University Summer Ball 2014
RMA Tavern, Southsea