By Joe Watson
After The Lonely Souls returned with a bang upon the release of Vitals Signs they have been looking to keep the momentum running by beginning work on the follow up album. Muso’s Guide caught up with front man Paul Clinton for a quick chat on what the band have been up to and how their new tracks are progressing.
Q) How’s things Paul, great to get a chat with you again it’s been a while! What have you guys been up to since the last time we spoke?
A) Likewise Joe, always a pleasure. We have been busy working on the follow up to Vital Signs and rehearsing a lot of the new material which we hope to get in to the studio later in the year.
Q) For the readership base unfamiliar with The Lonely Souls, could you describe your sound and the artists that inspire the band?
A) We tend to explore the sound and vision of 60s and 70s blues rock with hints of country and voodoo rock and roll. The bands that have inspired us over the years range from The Band, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to John Lee Hooker, Alabama 3 and Ryan Adams but being from Scotland we like to infuse elements from on our own roots which I think is why people can relate well with The Lonely Souls.
Q) You previewed several new tracks for us live earlier in the year. Have you added anymore newbies to the set?
A) We’ve popped 5 new tracks on the set for our next gig at Stereo in Glasgow. We haven’t settled on a core set of songs for the new album but these 5 tracks are some that might feature on that.
Q) What’s the fan feedback been like for the new tracks on show at the live gigs?
A) It’s been fantastic and we couldn’t ask for anymore from our fan base. They know what their getting with us and have a great appreciation for our style of blues rock and storytelling.
Q) Vital Signs has been out for a while now. Are there any tracks on it that are now better than you first thought when you played it back to yourself?
A) Not really, we’ve always believed in the tracks on the album and each has always had its own merits.
Q) C’mon you must have a favourite though?
A) We all have our own personal favourites in the band but I guess the two that I really enjoy playing are ‘You’re The One I Think Of At Night’ and ‘Vital Signs’.
Q) Your playing Stereo, Glasgow tomorrow night. Do you have any other dates lined up?
A) Not at the moment as we really want to start knuckling down on the new album tracks but there most certainly will be another lined up before the festival period.
Q) What sort of influences drive you to make the sort of tunes you do?
A) The love of music is always driving us on and the fact there is a distinct lack of great songs out there these days.
Q) What would you say is the proudest moment as a band thus far?
A) As a band we have had some really great nights. Some live shows and some in the studio. The recording of Vital Signs was a watershed moment for the band but personally I think that the best moments are still to come upon completion of the new songs.
Q) What sort of music are you listening to today?
A) I’m giving The Sheepdogs a spin right now.
Q) Its my anniversary tomorrow and I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to be at Stereo to catch you guys. If I don’t make it, what will I miss and why should everyone else be there?
A) Well you know what we do and there are new tracks to be heard so if you want a nice wee acoustic number we have it, if it’s a rocking foot tapper you’re looking for, we have that too. For everyone else, just pop along for a good ole fashioned night out and come see what you’ve been missing.
Q) Thanks for taking the time to chat with Muso’s Guide.
A) It’s been Emotional x
The Lonely Souls play Stereo in Glasgow on 10/08/2013 and tickets can be purchased by contacting the band here via Facebook.