The London Souls
The London Souls. 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 8, at the Budweiser Stage.
The London Souls met for the first time on stage after having only been able to rehearse via cell phones. Despite this, they describe their first performance, saying “It was just comfortable. It was always comfortable right off the bat. From the first note it was one of those indescribable …soulful things that you can’t plan out.” They shared a common bond in a deep appreciation for Led Zeppelin, Cream (band), the Beatles, and other similar artists. Their sound comes from a desire to play improvised music while keeping it accessible to most audiences
Their unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formula recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.