Relative Souls is a high energy band from Bridgeport, CT. Equal parts funk, jam, and rock music. There are two types of people that like to come see Relative Souls...those that like to get up, and those that like to get down!
Relative Souls made its mark on the New England and Tri-State festival scene in 2012 for main stage performances at Strange Creek (MA), Flower Harvest Fest (NY), Shake It Down Fest (CT), Westport Art About Town Fest (CT), New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival (CT), SoNo Arts Festival (CT), and Wormtown (MA). Other festivals include a main stage performance at Steel Jam Festival (Bethlehem, PA) in 2011, Green Soul Fest (Boston, MA), and Sounds of the Cosmos (Hamden, CT). The band is also a favorite of the annual Fridays after Five series in Rutland, VT, playing to 1500 people at a block party. Relative Souls has opened for Umphrey's McGee, Keller Williams, The Alan Evans Trio (drummer from Soulive), The Breakfast, Viral Sound, Fungus Amungus, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, the New York Funk Exchange, and Kung Fu to name a few. They've also shared bills with other festival favorites Twiddle, SEED, and the Juicy Grapes.
Relative Souls recently won Relix Magazine's Jam Off and their single "Got the Goods" featured in the April/May 2011 issue. The single was distributed with the magazine to over 100,000 people. Their album "Nebulous" was also reviewed in the same issue..."Nebulous is a refreshing reminder of how one band can take a multitude of diverse musical backgrounds and make a cohesive and thoughtful album."--Jen Mergott, Relix Magazine.
Relative Souls has also developed a significant online presence, with over 1200 Facebook fans (triple from a year ago) thanks to constant self promotion and gigging.
Relative Souls believes that music brings everyone together. Their music is timeless and eclectic, and while drawing from many classic influences, the approach is modern and fresh. The jamming vibe of Phish, the Dead, and the Allman brothers, the funkiness of Sly, Bill Withers, and P-Funk, the rock of Led Zeppelin, Guns N'Roses, and Pink Floyd, the vocal soulfulness of Joe Cocker and Marvin Gaye, with some of the electro ambient creations of Radiohead and the Disco Biscuits. A gumbo of great musical influences, all played in a fresh, dynamic context. The bottom line is people are either dancing or going nuts.
Mike Gurge - Vocals, Piano, organ
Danny Parrella - Drums
Mike "Mac" McNamara - Vocals, Guitar
Lucas Gould - Bass, & Vocals
Aaron Garovoy - Tenor Saxophone
October 2010 - It's About Time (3 song EP)
March 2011 - Nebulous (13 song LP)
July 2011 - Live in Providence (3 song EP, Live)
Currently recording a second full length due out in Spring of 2013. The album is currently slated to have 8 tracks
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“Though Relative Souls formed only a year ago, the group already has the cohesive, distinguished sou...“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
Relative Souls has over 30 original songs that can very in length depending on how extensive the jam sections are, which we usually tailor to whatever the set requirements are for a gig. We're quite flexible and eclectic, but we can play up to 5-6 hours of music no problem.
We also have many covers in our arsenal. In a typical one hour set, you might see 1 or 2 covers. While we focus on our original material, the band has almost as many covers in its repertoire. During sets featuring our originals we play artists such as the Allman Brothers, Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Phish, Miles Davis, Derek Trucks, Jaco Pastorius, etc. Relative Souls prides themselves on taking classic covers into a modern context.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.