A sound forged in the streets of the Capital City; Featuring Matt Grady on bass and lead vocals, Devin Rauson on Saxophone, Barrett Certoma on drums, and Chris Macon on guitar and vocals. Their sound has been described as “Relentless unstoppable funk” by the News & Observer and “Sociopolitical horn-studded funk" by the Indy Weekly. Randy Bryant, writer for the Triangle Downtowner Magazine articulated it perfectly when he defined their sound as “Fresh and seriously soul-felt” and made up of nothing less than “Raw talent.”
Outside Soul has found their niche not as flag waving revivalists of archaic genres, but rather as innovators of music. Their goal is to draw upon and combine opposite ends of musical spectrums, taking multiple directions both structurally as musicians and lyrically as songwriters. Together they create a sound that appeals to music snobs, throwback funk fans, jazz cats and people who just want to party. While their music nods to James Brown, Parliament and the Ohio Players, their current heroes include groundbreaking pioneers such as Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and Soulive. Outside Soul also extends its reach out into Latin music as well as taking influence from classic rock legends. It’s not every band that can go from a samba groove leading into a ruthless fluctuating time signature canticle, segueing to a neo-soul singer songwriter vibe and finish off with a Beatles cover.
Their debut album Funkus Trunkus (January 2014) is a landscape of dynamics, instrumentation and emotions that tells the story of the journey these boys have had thus far. Funkus Trunkus covers just about everything. Appreciate the thought provoking lyrics, dauntless bass thumping, deceptively solid drumming, bold horn section, songful guitar playing and textured auxiliary percussion and you are just beginning to scrape the surface of what this album is. It leaves no stone unturned, featuring everything from powerful female guest vocals and face melting synth solos to passionate lyrics and a panned dueling drum solo. This album is impressive both from a songwriting as well as instrumental perspective. Lyrically, the new LP touches upon love and relationships, depicting both the joy as well as the pain. Additionally, the songwriting takes on socio-political themes, touching upon elected officials and organized religion. Of course there is also the occasional song that is just about getting down with your bad self.
With a resume as diverse as The Pour House, Zydeco, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Local 506, Kings, and The Maywood, they have shattered the notion that a band can only exist for one type of audience. They have also held their own at a wide range of festivals that are equally disparate, including SparkCon, Groove for the Holler, Raleigh Living Dead, The Hob Nob Jazz Series, Come Unity Now, and First Friday Free Concert Series in Downtown Raleigh. Their sound is intelligent yet danceable, proficient but soulful, polished and gritty. Outside Soul has something for everyone to dig.