Old Souls Revival
is essential indie southern rock. Their songs, written primarily by front man Neil C. Luke, are like U.S. Highway 61, running through the heartland of America along the Mississippi River down to where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil providing truth, guidance and a longing for whatever lies over the horizon, all of which has earned them the respect of their peers in the thriving St. Louis music scene.
Like many other stories in the book of rock, they started out as a bar band in late 2012, calling themselves Pete Moss and the North Side, playing anything from John Prine, The Band, The Faces, Neil Young, etc. In 2013, they began playing originals and changed their name to Old Souls Revival, quickly getting to work on their debut album, Common Ground. With the lead guitar stylings of Pete (Moss) Somerville, whose playing is the sweetest guitar sounds you’ve heard this side of the Mississippi to the jazzy jet engine propulsion of their rhythm section, drummer Jeremy Reidy and bassist Dustin Rademacher, along with charismatic frontman and rhythm guitarist Neil C. Luke, Old Souls Revival has carved out something special for themselves.
With the release of their second album, I Will Let You In, that something special only gets more focused. Songs such as “Distance”, “Broadway Connection”, “Move”, and the title track all continue the themes of their debut while pushing the band further towards something you feel is greater though still unknown. Though bassist Dustin Rademacher recently parted from the group, the group still presses forward, steadily reaching a position as one of the top bands in the Midwest.
– Daniel W. Wright
(Eleven Magazine: Issue # 7 August 2014)
Old Souls Revival is essential indie southern rock that reminds St.Louis we’re just as much a country city as a rock city. St.Louis is a little bit of everything-so is Old Souls Revival.
Their debut album, ‘Common Ground,’ is great road trip music, provided that the trip is Western bound. Neil C.Luke’s whiskey-soaked howl sounds like it’s well on the way to becoming the voice of another bar-stool prophet – though for now, there’s still enough sweetness to convey a certain sincerity that tenderness, in this hard-livin’ genre, to erode into world weariness.
The lead guitar work of Pete Moss is a staircase of tranquility that can be as delicate as cigarette smoke on tracks like the tender “Before the Gold Rush” or as solid as oak on tracks like “Ramblin’ Again.” There is heart in each note as Moss Plays with a freedom and elegance reminiscent of Duane Allman.
Drummer Jeremy Reidy provides the backbone for each track, combining punk rock urgency and jazz patience, knowing when to idle and when to combine with the pulsing bass of Dustin Rademacher and take off like a jet engine.
The songs assemble themselves into naturally compelling combinations; when the album really hits its peak, you can almost see the band members closing their eyes and leaning into the moment. True or not, the album’s ethereal joys sound like single takes, with little to no overdubs.
Bluesy opener “It’s Fine” feels like regret and escape with the top down to a hopeful next week or month, “How Much” feels like a contemplative walk into a South City sunset. Common Ground Flows like the rivers that surround our city, carrying an essential beauty that can only be magnified by the band’s presence live.