Release Date: Apr 7, 2015
Record label: Feel / Feel Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Why don’t we do it in the road? When New York guitar/drums duo the London Souls arrived at London’s Abbey Road studios to make their second album, they summoned up the ghosts of all the bands who had recorded there in the 60s. Not just obvious names like The Beatles or Hollies, or even cult heroes like Badfinger, but also the cameo players like the Swinging Blue Jeans and Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers. .
The London Souls’ second album is an eclectic mix of raw rock’n’roll with some effective explorations into other territories. There are early 70s influences heavily in evidence on the Led Zep-like Steady and Valerie, the latter a decent Faces pastiche that threatens to break into Stay With Me before thinking better of it, and which includes a nicely flange-y middle eight instead. Honey is a mid-paced White Stripes-ish, faithfully bluesy rock stomper, while understated The River has the flavour of Hard To Handle – albeit The Black Crowes’ version.