My Soul’s Revolution are a hard band to pin down. A bit of some ’90s alternative, pop hooks, and an almost island-like, reggae-ish undertone permeate the tracks on their brand new album, At Witt’s End.
The trio is made up of Jared Schneider on lead vocals/guitar, Matt Harris on bass, and Zac Bloxson on drums. The trio bring some serious soulful tones to their songs that feel optimistic and hopeful, while still giving their sound a very modern, almost futuristic feel in the production department.
In other words, My Soul’s Revolution are going for it on a debut album full of modern flair and old school, upbeat positivity.
The 11 tracks on At Witt’s End are filled with crunchy guitar riffs, heavy bass, and solid drums, all working meticulously to let Jared Schneider’s soulful vocals soar. Schneider’s voice is reminiscent of Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, and the band itself has a lot in common with the California alternative band as well.
Opening track “Time Traveler” has the melancholy lean of Incubus with the almost beach vibe of Sublime, but with a slightly harder edge. “Summer Tea” continues that reggae vibe, as if The Police-meets-Incubus was a thing. “Memories” builds on melancholy melody and some tasteful guitar. “Stars” is another solid rocker with a great foundation in the rhythm section of Matt Harris and Zac Bloxson.
My Soul’s Revolution mix things up a bit in the ethereal “Horizons,” which is a spacey and atmospheric jam that brings the island flavor into the Milky Way. Album closer “Madelynne” has frenetic drumming and a bit of a “Hotel California” lean in the chord changes. The track is overwrought in studio tricks and colorful production values that give the song an almost alienesque quality. Very unique sounds abound here.
At Witt’s End is a solid introduction into the world of My Soul’s Revolution and a great jumping off point for this Fort Wayne trio to build from. Head out to O’Sullivan’s on Jan. 11 for My Soul’s Revolution’s album release show. The show starts at 10 p.m. with no cover charge.
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