On 26th November 2016 popular local band The Rising Souls launched their new EP ‘Set Me Free’ at The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh with support from Logan’s Close (I unfortunately missed their set). I have seen The Rising Souls a few times; one of those times being when they played our charity Rockathon in May last year and gained a few new fans as a result of their impressive set. I was looking forward to what I knew would be a gig of superior quality.The Liquid Rooms were at full capacity and the atmosphere was lively and friendly.
With a new line up and a new sound straight away this felt very fresh; almost like watching a new band but with the reassuring familiarity of long term band members Roy (Kelso) and Dave. Kelso’s effortless guitar playing, and Dave’s powerful, sublime vocals were as reliable as ever. I could still hear the rootsy soul we are used to but this new sound is more rock with a harder edge than previously.
The new band members Joe and Reece have clearly gelled very well with Kelso and Dave. The sound created is polished and cohesive. The band has a great chemistry on stage, and they look like they are having a good time which means we are too. Somehow The Souls manage to be both gritty & natural at the same time as being polished and flawless.
The new songs sound immense, I didn’t think it was possible to improve on their previous material as it was so good, but they have taken it up another level and have somehow surpassed an already high standard. The new material was well received by a receptive audience who appreciated the rapport Dave built by engaging with the crowd, and by talking of his appreciation for their support of the band that night.
At the end the crowd demanded ‘one more tune’over and over, and the band happily obliged, raising the roof with their encore.
The production of the gig was great, the lights were very effective. All in all this was a fantastic gig and a highlight of my gigging experiences in 2016. I look forward to seeing them again sometime this year and hearing more of those new songs live.
Thanks to The Rising Souls for a memorable gig, I’m loving the new sound!
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