Soup

Soup

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Soup aspires to make music that reflects their desire for a positive change within themselves. They seek to inspire their listeners to transcend the current social tide to promote peace, hope and love.

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"On their debut disc, 'The Great Awakening', there is a definite debt to earlier bands in the genre like the Grateful Dead and Phish... Soup has established its sound... it is familiar - love, peace, happiness, and guitars. The disc is enjoyable, and there is a long tradition of bands to suggest that they may succeed with an approach like this."
Frank Kocher San Diego Troubadour

"Soup is a band for all occasions and situations. The songs are memorable and the music is upbeat, dancable and if you listen to the lyrics you just might learn something."
Cathryn Beeks of ListenLocalsd.com and 102.1 KPRI

"Throw it in a pot and you got Soup! A mixture of many things classic, Soup will arouse feelings of the good ol' days. So you better check them out now!"
Tim Pyles ~ FM 94.9 San Diego

"'The Great Awakening' by SOUP is a solid debut statement. Song for song, note for note, it has a feel-good groove to it... So if you like college alternative rock that dishes out bluesy ditties reminiscent of Blind Melon, Counting Crows and The Grateful Dead, then you should jump into this CD head first."
Cyrus Rhodes
President - Indie Music Media, LLC.
MusesMuse.com

Audiences and critics agree. A timeless sound, a universal sentiment, and an honest organic approach make Soup an emerging band to watch out for.

Soup aspires to make music that reflects their desire for a positive change within themselves. They seek to inspire their listeners to transcend the current social tide to promote peace, hope and love.

A Brief History of Soup…

Throughout the years the band has taken on several forms and many players have found themselves sharing the stage as Soup. Starting as a solo project Jonathan Fleig got his start at the Flying Bridge in Oceanside, CA in the Spring of 2008. It grew into a quartet adding Collin Wicker on bass, Eli Slover on electric guitar and Tyson Bay on hand percussion. This first line up had a sound affectionately labeled “front porch” music.

As Soup grew they often recruited David Schultz to sit in on drums. The addition of drums expanded the sound greatly. The decision was made to find a full-time drummer and do away with the hand percussion all together. In the Fall of 2009, Soup flew to Fleig’s home state of Kansas and spent two weeks at Planet Paul Studios in Wichita. The sound of the record, the look of the band and the vibe of the music had organically taken on an old school appeal.

They returned to California emboldened by their accomplishment and soon found a full-time drummer in Nolan Greene. They began preparing for a CD Release Party to be held at the Historic Star Theatre on March 12th, 2010. Not long after this show, Slover left the band. The remaining trio continued to perform and soon enlisted Grant Kimball to play lead guitar. Kimball proved to reinforce the vintage sound and added a much more “hard rock” element to the music.

Summer of 2010 brought a lot of growth. They received favorable reviews for T.G.A. and in a successful college radio push they were in rotation on over 130 stations. They toured San Diego and Orange County with U.K. band “Heal the Last Stand.” By September, they had traveled as far North as Eugene, OR. With some interest from a major record label Soup recorded a five song live EP entitled Downhill March at El Cajon’s Superior Sound. Unfortunately, the label took a pass.

Triumphs and disappointments go hand in hand. Like most young bands Soup dealt with many growing pangs. The constant ups and downs proved too much and Kimball took a break in October. Tim Flood briefly filled the spot. In this two month period Soup played their first L.A. shows and were invited to play the small festival Marshalpalooza on the UCSD campus.

In February 2011 the band reunited after a small hiatus. By March their California dates included shows in San Diego, North County, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Arcata and they also began to venture into Arizona. The 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards nominated Soup for the Best Americana/Roots Artist of the year and the song Enemy was nominated for Best Americana/Roots Single of the year. Despite these successes discontentment was growing among the members. Wicker and Kimball both left the band in June.

At this point, Fleig and Greene are the only official members of Soup. Seasoned musician Greg Burman has been playing bass with the band since June. Soup is currently working on new material and looking for the right players to fill out the line-up. They will record a new record soon and continue to book and play shows.

Lyrics

5th of May

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

It's Snowing on the 5th of May
I know it's not uncommon for this place
It's snowing on the 5th of May

I moved here in December
But it was real late in the month
I'm probably leaving some time today
I stop to think about all the things
That have happened in this place
Then I take a breath and walk away

It's snowing on the 5th of May
I know it's not uncommon
But I feel like I should say
It's snowing on the 5th of May

I've learned a lot of things
Since living in this place
Like why those fields
Are filled with sage
I've learned all about the Dodge's
And Mabel Luhans place
I've learned all about Kit Carson
And Mambie's grave
A better man would've been buried inside the gates

It's snowing on the 5th of May
I know it's not uncommon
But it takes my breath away
It's snowing on the 5th of May

Enemy

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

If you don't know where you're going
You probably shouldn't lead
I showed you what you're sowing
You just stare in disbelief

And now you wish you hadn't pissed all over me
You shake a fist and you insist on fighting me
But I'm not your enemy
You got me down on my knees
But I'm not your enemy

In case you didn't know this
The point of suffering
Is to bring you to a knowledge
Of all the things that you could be
You think you have regrets now
But man just wait and see
You want my understanding
But you don't have none for me

And now I'm pissed cause you resist the remedy
You shake a fist and you insist on fighting me
But I'm not your enemy
You got me down on my knees
I'm not your enemy

The Great Awakening

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

Listen up close cause
I'm about to tell you the most
Important thing

You got to have love
From above
For every other human being

This is not a system or a religion
It's not base on your tradition
It's just he way that you try and live every day

I'm not telling you that it's an easy thing
I'm not telling you that won't have to change

This is not about your self ambition
Want to be free make the decision
It's just the way that you try and live every day

I'll reiterate it's not an easy thing
To love you enemies and pray for hearts to change

There's only one love and one salvation
One spirit and one pure vision
Narrow is the way everybody has to change

Why can't we see the greatest thing we have is love
These three remain but the greatest thing we have is love

Cope

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

I try to push you out
But you find your way back in
You really drive me crazy
How you crawl under my skin
Doing everything within my power
Just to cope
But I'm feeling like a coward
I'm running out of hope

Don't know what to do
To be myself again
Stomp my foot and
Shake my fist
Tell me what's the point of this
Is there something that I missed

I'm getting sort of nervous
Cause I'm acting sort of strange
Wondering what's coming
I'm not thinking really straight
I know I got you worried
I can see it in your face
But my vision's kind of blurry
I'm in this far off place

And I Don't know what to do
To be myself again
Stomp my foot and
Shake my fist
Tell me what's the point of this
Is there something that I missed

I've had my share of trials
Took my share of risks
But honestly I've never
Fought with nothing quite like this
I know I'll overcome it
I'm honest in my ways
I know that I will be delivered
Rescued from the grave

But I Don't know what to do
To be myself again
Stomp my foot and
Shake my fist
Tell me what's the point of this
Is there something that I missed

Postcard

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

Tell all the folks in Kansas
That we made it to California
And we're doing alright for ourselves
Doing alright for ourselves

If you would have told me
How hard this would be
I would have not believed you

So many things here
Have shown me I'm weak
But I have something
To cling to

Hey by the way we appreciate
All the things in your letter
We're doing much better

So tell all the folks in Kansas
That we made it to California
And we're doing alright for ourselves
Doing alright for ourselves

We got us this place
Right here on the beach
But we really can't afford it

None of that matters
When you factor in weather
And you're sitting by the ocean

Hey by the way we appreciate
All the things in your letter
We're doing much better

So tell all the folks in Kansas
That we made it to California
And we're doing alright for ourselves
Doing alright for ourselves

You tried to tell me
How hard this would be
And I did not believe you

No Worries

Written By: Jonathan Fleig

I've made a decision that I intend to keep
I ain't gonna worry anymore
I know that you care
And you'll always be there
I ain't gonna worry anymore

I know that my body is going to die
Then I'll be living the sweet by and by
I ain't gonna worry anymore

My spirits alive
And it's not going to die
I ain't gonna worry anymore
I've nothing to fear
You'll always be here
I ain't gonna worry anymore

I'm not going to worry about things that will die
I'm gonna put my energy into living my life
By loving my neighbor and forgetting my strife
I ain't gonna worry anymore

Discography

The Great Awakening Released March 12th, 2010
(Nominated for two L.A. Music Awards-
Best Americana Single of the Year 'Enemy'
Best Americana Artist of the Year)

Downhill March-Available Soon

Available on CD Baby, Itunes, Digstation and many other online retailers.

Radio Playing Soup:

102.1 FM : Encinitas, CA
94.9 FM : San Diego, CA
BearCast : Cincinnati, OH
Bulls Radio : Tampa, FL
CFMU : Hamilton, ON, CA
CFRE : Mississauga, ON, CA
CHMR : Saint Johns, NF, CA
KACY : Arkansas City, KS
KALA : Davenport, IA
KAMP : Tucson, AZ
KANN : College Station, TX
KASF : Alamosa, CO
KBBI : Homer, AK
KBSU : Boise, ID
KCOU : Columbia, MO
KCSS : Turlock, CA
KDNK : Carbondale, CO
KDWG : Dillon, MT
KEOL : Le Grande, OR
KFAI : Minneapolis, MN
KGAR : Lemoore, CA
KHNS : Haines, AK
KHSU : Arcata, CA
KHSU : Huntsville, TX
KIDE : Hoopa, CA
KLPI : Ruston, LA
KMSU : Mankato, MN
KNDS : Fargo, ND
KNWD : Natchitoches, LA
KOPN : Columbia, MO
KPUR : Forrest Grove, OR
KRFC : Fort Collins, CO
KRSC : Claremore, OK
KRUI : Iowa City, IA
KSAU : Nasogdoches, TX
KSCL : Shreveport, LA
KSJD : Mancos, CO
KSYM : San Antonio, TX
KTCB : Kennewick, WA
KTSW : San Marcos, TX
KUAC : Fairbanks, AK
KUPS : Tacoma, WA
KURA : Ouray, CO
KURE : Ames, IA
KUWS : Superior, WI
KVNF : Paonia, CO
KWCR : Ogden, UT
KWCW : Walla Walla, WA
KWLC : Decorah, IA
KZMU : Moab, UT
M3 Radio : New York, NY
NVWR : Reno, NV
SCAD : Atlanta, GA
WARC : Meadville, PA
WARY : Valhalla, NY
WBNY : Buffalo, NY
WCBE : Columbus, OH
WCBF : Fredonia, NY
WCFM : Williamstown, MA
WCNI : New London, CT
WCWM : Williamsburg, VA
WCWP : Brookville, NY
WCYT : Fort Wayne, IN
WDWN : Auburn, NY
WERU : East Orland, ME
WFDU : Teaneck, NJ
WFSB : Cleveland, OH
WGBK : Glenview, IL
WHSN : Bangor, ME
WHUS : Storrs, CT
WIDR : Kalamazoo, MI
WIIT : Chicago, IL
WIUX : Bloomington, IN
WKKL : West Barnstable, MA
WLCA : Godfrey, IL
WLFR : Pomona, NJ
WLJS : Jacksonville, AL
WLTL : La Grange, IL
WLUR : Lexington, VA
WLVR : Bethlehem, PA
WMCO : New Concord, OH
WMCX : West Long Beach, NJ
WMEB : Orono, ME
WMHB : Waterville, ME
WMLN : Milton, MA
WMPG : Portland, ME
WMSC : Upper Montsinclair, NJ
WMSE : Milwaukee, WI
WMTU : Houghton, MI
WMUF : Farmington, ME
WMUH : Allentown, PA
WMVL : Purchase, NY
WMXM : Lake Forest, IL
WNSU : Fort Lauderdale, FL
WPHS : Warren, MI
WPPJ : Pittsburgh, PA
WPTS : Pittsburgh, PA
WRDP : Chicago, IL
WRFL : Lexington, KY
WRKC : Wilkes-Barre, PA
WRNC : Ashland, WI
WRSE : Elmhurst, IL
WRST : Oshkosh, WI
WSBG : Clemson, SC
WSCW : Worcester, MA
WSIA : Staten Island, NY
WSPN : Saratoga, NY
WTTU : Cookeville, TN
WUNH : Durham, NH

Set List

Soup's live show is a dynamic experience all ages can enjoy. The positive open atmosphere they create causes listeners to realize Soup is not merely a musical endeavor, but a spiritual exercise. In a recent interview founder and frontman Jonathan Fleig was asked, "What makes Soup so different from all other bands?" His response was simple. "We believe what we are selling."

The set is always expanding with new material and each performance is unique. Primarily playing original music Soup also performs covers ranging from Radiohead to Johnny Cash.

"Soup is a band for all occasions and situations. The songs are memorable and the music is upbeat, dancable and if you listen to the lyrics you just might learn something."
Cathryn Beeks of ListenLocalsd.com and 102.1 KPRI