Baltimore quartet Soul Cannon have just released their self-titled LP, and have previously supported bands like Wild Honey and Future Islands on tour.
The band spoke with The Fountain about the new album as well as performing alongside Future Islands.
TF: A new album, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
With this album, you can expect a blend of electronic and live instrumentation. Our first album Kaboom was very much live instrument driven and the second, The Mixed Ape, was all electronic. This one is a bit of both with an evolved over all sound. We spent way more time on this one than the other two, trying as best we could to capture our live sound on record. Lyrically, some of the topics are a bit heavier and sometimes darker than Kaboom. For example, Wanderland is about me considering jumping from the roof of an apartment building I used to live in.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect to see you live soon?
Well, since it’s been seven years since our last release, promoting music online has changed quite a bit so we’ve been trying some of those things out for the first time. We’re hoping to tour in 2019 but nothing is quite solid yet.
TF: How did the band meet?
Originally, we had a bass player, my good friend Ryan Dorsey. He and I had went to high school together and he went to college with Matt Frazao, Jon Birkholz and our original drummer Nathan Ellman-Bell. It just so happened that they had been toying with the idea of making music with a rapper. I had been looking to work with a band and Ryan and I had each other in mind. He introduced me to the guys and the chemistry was instant and has remained for twelve years. Charles (Wilson) came on as drummer after Nathan left and brought a new, fresh energy to the band. He’d seen us play before and was eager to take on the challenge of playing with us.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
There are so many great shows that have happened over the years that I’m sure the guys will all have different ones but mine was probably a toss up between Wild Honey’s album release show and our friends Future Islands’ release show last year. Future Islands had like a four day release and we were on the bill the first night. Tickets sold out immediately so we didn’t have to promote the show at all and were exposed to a packed house and a mostly new audience. Filmmaker John Waters was backstage and I got to chop it up with him a bit after the show. That was pretty awesome.
Photo courtesy of Micah E. Wood