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Relative Souls / Press

“Last Friday after their set at The Toads Place in New Haven, I had the opportunity to sit down with the gentlemen of the Bridgeport’s most funk-tastic band, Relative Souls. The group of five, Mike, Aaron, Luke, Justin, and “The Gurge” were certainly an animated bunch to talk to. Their name, “Relative Souls” refers to the idea that they are a collective group of individuals. While they come from different backgrounds and span 20 years of ages, there is one element that ultimately bands them together, their love of music. Relative Souls are an equal share of funk, jam and rock. Interestingly enough, the group found each other on Craig’s List and luckily all brought major talent to the table. Influenced by 70s funk and jam bands like The Dead and Phish, Relative Souls value live performance and are comfortably accustomed to musical improvisation...”

““Though Relative Souls formed only a year ago, the group already has the cohesive, distinguished sound of an accomplished band. It offers a mix of jazz, funk, rock, and structured improvisation. On its new album Nebulous, Relative Souls provides 13 tracks of classic jam band music with hints of old school jazz and hard hitting rock and roll. “Sanity’s a Virtue” starts off with a groove based sound but transitions into alternative and hypnotic insanity, including some trance-like chanting and eerie guitar progressions in stark contrast. “Soulo” provides us with boogie piano ramblings. “The One” features crazy organ solos and “Mississippi Vampire” gives a little hint of Southern comfort. Though each song sounds completely different, Nebulous is a refreshing reminder of how one band can take a multitude of diverse musical backgrounds and make a cohesive and thoughtful album.””

Jennifer Mergott - Relix Magazine