Souls of the Slain

Rock 'N Bowl

October 01, 2004

Souls of the Slain put on a good show at The Mystic Knights of The Mau-Mau’s garage rock showcase at Rock ‘N Bowl Friday night. But, it wasn’t enough. Because of the large number of bands based in the same sub-genre, there was a competitive feeling in the air. Unfortunately for Souls of the Slain, they went on right after The Bad Roads, who impressed with their tight, no-nonsense musical approach, crunchy guitar solos and gritty, dark attitude. Souls of the Slain had less energy than The Bad Roads, and they played songs with a feel good attitude. This made their set fun, but they lacked mystery. I don’t want my garage band’s lead singer to smile and enthusiastically suggest for the audience to get back into the oldies. “Or, hey, do y’all remember this one? Sing along.” No, if I want that, I’ll go down to The Dock.

Souls of the Slain formed in New Orleans in 1966, and they made their name with a cover of Love’s “Seven and Seven Is” before they broke up in 1969.

While The Bad Roads played with a force that made them seem younger, Souls of the Slain looked their age. Thankfully, Radiators guitarist Camille Baudoin(this was his first band) jumped around the stage with fervor, while the lead singer connected with the crowd and sold the songs with his expressive nature. The rest of them stood or sat there—not much life. They played well, at least. Their selection of covers was enjoyable(Byrds, Animals, Kinks), and their cover of “House of the Rising Sun” was top-notch.

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