Hard Soul has released their brand new music for "Never Be", the second dingle from their debut EP "Heart of Plaster", which dropped earlier this year. The words "Never Be" came to Hard Soul frontman and songwriter Johnny Salka outside of the Stony Brook Train station on Long Island during a pit stop on the band's 2013 summer tour. After the tour concluded, Salka began the demo process for the songs that would appear on their 'Heart of Plaster' album, where the song went through a series of variations before the band finally entered the studio in the winter of 2013.
"There was a moment of solitude in the van during the normally privacy-free tour environment where I found myself documenting some of the previous days shows" said Salka "and from there the lyrics just fell onto the page".
The video features an -up-close and personal view of the band walking the streets of their hometown of Albany, N.Y., set to the infectious beast that drives the track from start to finish. Stumbling across an unexpected surprise, the boys find that chasing the one thing they want proves to be more difficult than anticipated. The video was co-directed by Marcy Dwyer and produced by Salka, both who were behind Hard Soul's previous video and single "Just be Love." R360 caught up with frontman Johnny Salka from Albany to chat about all things "Hard Soul".
R. What type of band are you?
R. Tell us the brief history of your band?
R. Who writes the songs, what are they about?
R. Describe your show, visually and musically.
R. New video and new track. "What's new or different in this recording"?
Phil Lynott & Thin Lizzy were, and still are, massive influences on me, too. As a young kid I absolutely loathed poetry. But the first time I really began to understand the beauty of words set to music in such a poetic way was when I heard the 'Jailbreak' album. That working-class Irish swagger coupled with truly poignant words that paint beautiful tales. Add in the harmony guitar lines and I was pretty much hooked. If I become half the lyricist and songwriter that Lynott was one day I could die happy.
Lastly, I'm a massive Oasis fan. Say what you will about Noel Gallagher, but the guy is a songwriting genius. Huge influence on my guitar playing and songwriting. Oasis were a band that never gave a shit about what anyone else was doing, and they ruled the world by doing exactly what they wanted and playing the music they wanted to play. I'm still holding out for that reunion tour, too...
Last but not least...
R, Tell us about your next shows ad why we should be there...
09/19 Desmond Tavern - New York, NY
09/20 Connie's Ric Rac - Philadelphia, PA
10/04 The News Cafe - Pawtucket, RI
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