Dynamic Sounds of the Soulphonics
The Soulphonics debut album The DYNAMIC SOUNDS of The Soulphonics contains sixteen tunes: thirteen original songs and covers of three obscure songs from the 1960's, chosen from the band's repertoire of over fifty tunes. The Soulphonics' Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas Is a Job", previously released as limited edition single in late 2010, is also included. 'That this Austin trio of three-decade rock 'n' roll vets (ex-Rattlecats and Rivals) have deep knowledge and taste-and likely awesome vinyl collections-of nascent '60s garage is evident by their three hoppin' cover choices: Merced, CA's short-lived Brogues' 1965 Nuggets classic "I Ain't No Miracle Worker"; Bristol, CT's Squires' solitary single, 1966's Pebbles' staple "Going All the Way"; and Marlboro, MA's Bugs' 1966 debut 45, "Pretty Girl"-all strong. But like The Barracudas and Chesterfield Kings (both of whom also covered "Miracle Worker"), they don't lose the plot penning their own, analogous tunes. These sound like The Animals' Eric Burdon singing for the more jangly Beau Brummels (i.e., leader Glen Worley's pleasant pipes turn throaty on a dime!), with a smidgen of Link Wray and Texas's own post-Buddy Holly '60s phenom, Bobby Fuller. With clean production yet authoritative attack, The Soulphonics are "dynamic" indeed!' review by Jack Rabid - The Big Takeover 'The Austin 3 piece that is the Soulphonics have a psychedelic heart. Their 'garage rock' sound has much in common with bands like Moby Grape and Quick Silver Messenger Service while Glen Worley's naive vocals add a twee twist to proceedings. The guys are not trying to reinvent the wheel here but instead put a bit more air in the tyres. The album opens with the driving beat of Time Has Changed, complete with chopping guitars that Wilco Johnson would be proud of. The production has a kind of endearing diy feel to it which only adds to the whole punk ethos. Most of the 16 tracks on here are originals but they do tackle a couple of covers and their version of The Brogues 1965 hit I Ain't No Miracle Worker, with Reid Watson taking on vocal duties and outshining Worley, captures the spirit the original as does their version of The Squires Going All The Way. There is no doubt that these guys wear their musical hearts on their sleeves. Worley proves himself to be pretty nifty in the writing department with brilliant Can't See Love being a stand out, as is the instrumental El Caribe but it is downright dirty Don't Bring 'Er!' that nudges it for best track. There is much to like about The Soulphonics, especially if your record collection includes The Turtles, The Ramones or Ten Years After. Their sound is naive, as are the lyrics, production and musicianship but that is why I like it. This record wasn't made for me or you. It was made because the band want to and I for one am glad that I get to share it.' review by The Music Critic (UK) 'This sounds like an awesome high school dance band...playing their class' 40th Anniversary reunion dance! It's got bouncy, jangly hooks and dynamic energy while managing to be notably un-youthful (though not at all stodgy or stiff). SoulFUNic!' review by Flamin' Waymon Timbsdayle - Roctober Magazine The Soulphonics are: • Kevin "The Skindriver" Connolly - drums, vocals • Reid Watson - guitar, baritone guitar, vocals • Glen Worley - vocals, guitar The Soulphonics can be seen the first Wednesday of each month at the fabulous Carousel Lounge and occasionally play other venues around the Austin area, though the Carousel has been their home base for the past two years. The Soulphonics do not have a bass player and they are OK with that. Guitarist Glen Worley and drummer Kevin Connolly travelled 40,000 miles together from 1979-1983 as founding members of the Austin band The Rattlecats, which Austin's Third Coast magazine once described as 'sounding more like The Clash than anything on this side of the Atlantic.' Along the way they played shows with such bands as The Fleshtones, Dave Edmunds, The Bongos, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns, Jason and the Scorchers, The Leroi Brothers, and lots of other bands in towns and cities from Austin to Omaha. The Rattlecats 45 rpm single 'Run My Life/Back to Life' can be found on the Hyped2Death compilation album Teenline 101. After the breakup of The Rattlecats in late 1983, Kevin and Glen formed The Rivals in early 1984 and Reid Watson joined the band in the spring of 1985. The Rivals played frequently in Austin and Houston, headlining local shows and opening shows for such bands as The Beat Farmers, and Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks. The Rivals put out a six song cassette tape: 'One Side Of' that received favorable reviews. In 1988 Reid left the band and no suitable replacement could be found. Flash forward to September 2007 when Reid ran into Glen on the UT Austin campus, where all three work, and suggested getting together. After nearly 20 years apart the two reunited at Glen's house outside of Elgin, Texas, and found that they had a blast playing the kind of music that they love: American Garage Rock and Roll. Luke Torn, long time Rattlecats and Rivals fan and former Austin Chronicle writer, now editor of Pop Culture Press, happened to be in charge of booking bands for the Cherrywood Arts Fair, held each December in Austin, and asked about the two to make an appearance at the 2007 Cherrywood Art Fair. When Reid asked Glen about this, he said that he had vowed that, if he ever played again, if would be under the name 'The Soulphonics', a band name he had wanted to use ever since high school. Reid's reply was, 'Who am I to stand between a man and his dream!' Kevin "The Skindriver" Connolly soon found out about this and asked, "When's the next rehearsal?" And thus, The Soulphonics were born and started on the journey that led to this album.