Power rock trio The London Souls brought their road show to Brooklyn Bazaar for a late night show on Friday. I saw the New York natives back around Christmas when they plundered and pillaged Brooklyn Bowl on what was an irresponsible night for me with the over-consumption of Brooklyn Blasts. That didn’t hinder my ability to enjoy one of my favorite up and coming rock bands do their thing NYC style. Same held true on Friday, as the group hit the stage just past midnight for some late-night rock and roll antics in what was another great performance by these guys.
Guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire are two fine musicians, but their greatest asset is their chemistry and their trust in each other’s abilities. The two flawlessly trade vocal lines and musical leads throughout their show. Tash explores and exposes all of his guitars rock and roll power throughout each song, while St. Hilaire does the same. ‘She’s So Mad’, ‘Someday’, and ‘Easier Said Than Done’ were just a few songs they tore through which displayed their ability to take already great rock songs and give them new life when played live.
The bands simplicity is another thing that has always fascinated me with their live show. Neal’s one pedal and St. Hilaire’s 6-piece drum kit show that when your on-stage chemistry is rock solid and your confidence in your abilities are high, you don’t need to make up for you lack of talent by hiding behind an over-abundance of effects pedals or 13-piece drum sets (caugh caugh Dan Auerbach caugh). The London Souls seem to play NYC about every 4-5 months so I expect to have them back and heat things up in the dead of winter in a few months, I hope to see you all there!
Article by: Tom Shackleford
Pictures by: Marissa Mireles