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Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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DRUNKSOULS = Steel Pulse + The Specials + Phoenix
What is it about the French that makes them yearn for spotless precision in their music? Imagine Phoenix were a bunch of reggae-loving stoners instead of some hopeless romantics, and you might have a good idea of how DRUNKSOULS sounds. It’s really pretty refreshing—so much reggae is downtempo and bland, where this is fun, bouncy and well produced. Every sound is clean and the vocals, sung in both French and English, have a lilting quality to them more familiar in indie rock than reggae. Some of the songs are fast enough to pass as songs by Phoenix or Tahiti 80, while others are ska, dub (not dubstep, just plain old dub) and two-step. Favorites include the slinky “Lust,” the haunting “Separation” and the Gorillaz-esque “Always.” This record is just fun—a good one to check out if you’re a fan of any of the bands mentioned above. –Rio Connelly
- SLUG MAGAZINE


French indie reggae rock band Drunksouls are not afraid to take a stand. They wave their freak flag high on their second album Revolution, 16 songs with a message you can dance too. Hailing form Marseille, a city whose citizens have a tradition of doing ways their own way. Its' melting pot, so it's no wonder that the band touches base with reggae, funk, rap, calypso and rock. They are concerned about the state of the planet in songs like Africa, The End and Uniform, but they are fully aware of the fact that you can't be worried .
So it's not all politics - in fact there is quite a lot of sex too in songs like L'amour Dietetique and the pretty obvious Lust. Being just lazy is celebrated in the album's opening track Drifter Song. Drunksouls is a band that take musical risks, creating a groove form chaos - no wonder that two songs from the album were used for the documentary "I Believe I Can Fly" about the Skyliners.

Lead singer Djamil Ramdane is blessed with a pitch perfect in the higher registers, a nice counterpoint for the zooming bass lines laid down by Adrien Coulom and the jumping keyboards by Jean Marc Layani. Recommended if you like Mano Negra an Les Negresses Vertes. - HERE COMES THE FLOOD


It’s been said that the French don’t do rock well, but they sure can do reggae. Revolution is the latest and best proof: a vibrant, intelligent, edgy, musically inventive album by a group called Drunk Souls. Consider it a reggae updating of Talking Heads as influenced by Manu Chao, touched by the mordancy of Tom Waits. You’ll love it. The vocals are mostly in English, sometimes in French, and once in a language unknown to me; written lyrics are provided.
The disc opens with a propulsive rhythm that helps the singer wake up and face the world: “Damn, there’s a voice in my head trying to get me out of my bed.” Fortunately for us, he does indeed kick off his lethargy and becomes concerned about topics other than himself, as in the very next song, over a Bo Diddley-inspired variation on reggae’s one-drop and supported by an impressive horn riff, he sings “I got to find my place in this human race.” And so the quest for “a better heaven” begins, covering, over the next hour, a wide and disparate range of current phenomena from a viewpoint that is sometimes amusing, usually thought provoking, always original.
For example, “Lust” contrasts a light-hearted tune with amusingly frank but strangely threatening lyrics: “love me, feel me, fear me…tease me, kiss me, have sex with me.” Then we switch to the ska of “Africa” wherein laughing kids introduce a narrative about child soldiers, blood diamonds and the destruction of cultures. From there it’s “L’amour dietetique” featuring Zen and tofu and diet coke. Shortly after that, in “Happy Death Day,” we’re pondering the end of a love affair and possibly more: “This day is my last.”
And so it goes throughout Revolution: informed opinions on the state of human relationships expressed though multi-dimensional lyrics and creative musical settings, over as strong and varied a bunch of reggae rhythms as you could want. The disc even comes encased behind a photomontage that evokes the grim but lively paintings of Jerome Bosch; it’s clearly an intentional reference, and wholly appropriate for such a powerful, provocative album.

- JAHWORKS.ORG


Drunksouls – Revolution (CD)
Posted by James McQuiston on March 18th, 2012

Drunksouls have not gotten the press that they deserve in the States; this eclectic French band deftly moves across genres and styles to create something utterly unique. The first track on Revolution is Drifter Song, and it links together Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus to make a funky, laid-back bit of pop-rock. J’ai fait unreve (I Had A Dream) is a French language sound, but the rich instrumentation and alluring vocals will draw in fans that have no idea what it being said.
Drunksouls is one of those rare acts that can transcend language with their earnest approach to music. Despite the fancy free feel of Africa or Supermarket, there is a very careful and calculated sound that is fostered through the entirety of Revolution. Happy Death Day is a trippy, jam-band-esque type of tracks; the band spins things in a bold new direction with the marriage of the aforementioned style with all the pomp of mid-era Beatles. The Fall skirts the divide between reggae and first-wave ska; the track is linked to the rest of Revolution’s track through the softly-sang vocals that weave their way through the track.The Fall benefits considerably from a rich layering of vocals and instruments; the unity of horns and drums during the lead-in to the chorus punctuate this fully.
Uniform is a late-disc delight; the guitar/drum dynamic that is fostered at the lead-out simply has to be heard to understand. Drunksouls are a fun act, making music into something that can set the mood for a chill party or event. Check their website to pick up their CD; I have little doubt in my mind that they will gain some traction in the States.
Top Tracks: Drifter Song, Happy Death Day, Sullivan Story
Rating: 8.2/10
Drunksouls – Revolution (CD) / 2012 Self / 16 Tracks / www.drunksouls.com/
- neufutur.com by


Over the years we’ve seen pop, dance pop, and even alternative rock bands slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows. Talking to many music fans out there, the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something fresh, something that’ let’s it all hang outs pushes the emotional envelope. Something that doesn’t sound like – well everything else.
So across my desk slides the new CD by France’s own Drunk Souls entitled Revolution (2011 headed up by infectious singer DJaM backed by the production expertise of JU (lead guitar), Pierre Pesin (trumpet), Julian Heurtel (drums), Adrian Coulomb (bass), Jean Marc Layani (keyboards) and Romain Morello (Trombone). What I heard put a smile on my face, finally a band that gets it with music in the vein of a modern day version of Fine Young Cannibals, Los Lonely Boys, and The Blasters. Revolution is some of the best new music I’ve heard in quite a while and delivers many of the aforementioned items I spoke about. You want fresh sounding music; you want something that keeps it real with solid dance grooves packed to the hilt with energy and is an entertaining vibe? Well look no further. This CD covers all the bases delivering solid playing and amazing songwriting with a musical flair that just lets it all hang out.

Revolution is what we’ve all been waiting for. It’s a polished sounding musical production from start to finish served up hot with great playing, solid writing and is fun filled musical experience akin to a party that’s out of control. It’s definitely a musical production that gives us a fresh glimpse at a hot new band from overseas and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well like everything else.
Kevin Huber
- SKOPE MAG,Kevin Huber


Revolution Review

DRUNKSOULS is a rock/reggae band from France that was founded in 2002. Their music comes with an important humanitarian message relating to conciliation and tolerance, yet the way in which this reaches the listeners ears often comes in the form of music that is often playful and humorous, sometimes darker and serious, and even at times a unique blend of both of these atmospheres. Their latest album Revolution, released on November 4, 2011, consists of 16 tracks that are unique while maintaining a certain pop sensibility that has garnered DRUNKSOULS major recognition in Europe, and in many respects across the world on an international scale. This recognition is instantly observable in the well-documented facts that their first LP was downloaded over 100,000 times; and their tracks “Dear Lady” and “Studium w Bieli” were featured in the documentary trailer for the film “I Believe I Can Fly.”

SOUND:

The sound contained on this album is excellent from a production standpoint. Most of the tracks are very bass heavy, though this adds to the rhythmic elements of the reggae qualities contained throughout this album. Every instrument is recorded in a professional manner, and the album was mixed to absolute perfection as far as I am concerned. Most of the tracks on Revolution incorporate relatively unique atmospheres. For example, the track “J’ai fait un reve” develops an acoustic/island listening experience; which is extremely appealing and atmospherically different from the first two tracks. Of course, this happens on multiple occasions throughout this album; which is great because it makes this rather long album (16 tracks totaling up to a little over an hour of music) very diverse and not long-winded for your average listeners. Without a doubt, if you enjoy rock/reggae fusion music; you will not have an issue incorporating this album into your collection. Additionally, on many occasions the music of DRUNKSOULS seems like it has been influenced heavily by the late King of Pop Michael Jackson; with respect to the bass lines and even the vocals to some degree. This is incredibly noticeable on track 9, titled “Supermarket.” Without a doubt, this album will appeal to very many people because it is unique, yet familiar in some respects.

Revolution is produced to a professional standard, and the lack of anything negative say with regards to the sound can attest to this simple fact.

COMPOSITION AND INSTRUMENTATION:

DRUNKSOULS has done a great job in utilizing a variety of compositional structures in their music, while simultaneously appealing to listeners who are into music that is very radio friendly. Every track blends elements of reggae, rock, punk, and even electronic music to create atmospheres that are unique from song to song, and section to section within each track. While a few tracks fall back on the stereotypical pop song structure, most of these tracks add other elements into the mix such as section of drone, instrumental interludes and solos, and layers that reinvigorate repeated sections in ways most bands tend to avoid. For example, the rather absurd and humorous French punk blended track “Sullivan story” takes the album in a direction that I found to be rather bizarre from the odd organ and lead guitar melody in the intro; to the interesting instrumental phrasing found throughout the verses and other song segments. The following track, “Happy Death Day,” implements some elements of drone/noise music as it seemingly repeats the same beat over and over throughout the track. This works surprisingly well, and engages the listeners’ emotions in a way that cannot often be captured through a simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge song structure.

Instrumentally, this album is very eclectic to say the least. While there is undoubtedly a heavy focus placed on the bass and rhythmic instrumentation, much room is given to other instruments such as horns, guitars, synths, a didgeridoo, and even what sounds like a theremin (on the track “Separation”) to breath and fuse beautiful melodies into these tracks. As previously stated, almost all of the tracks on Revolution create a unique atmosphere; and this is in part an attribute of using so many different instruments and effects. DRUNKSOULS popular track “Studium w bieli” adds the sounds of orchestral strings blended with electronic beats and horns, which creates what sounds like an urban soundtrack piece. Guitars and synths come and go in every track, lending both interesting rhythms or just simple chordal layering behind other more primary instruments; while also being fused melodically to bring the music to life. There are quite a few standout tracks that are instantly memorable to my mind, including “The end” (which builds on a beautiful piano melody), “Africa” (which fuses a happy and child-like atmosphere which could be found on a Sigur Ros track with bits of upbeat ska and rhythmic African music influences), “Happy Death Da - InfoBarrel


DrunkSouls, an independent French band from Marseille, has been making music since 2002 and has been forging a path for themselves steadily in the last few years. With over 100,000 downloads of their first LP, use of their music on the crazy awesome documentary trailer “I Believe I Can Fly,” and a place on stage at the Grand Auditorium du Palais des Festivals de Cannes, there is no doubt DrunkSouls is carving a notch on the tree of greatness.
Their new album “Revolution” shows a mix of jangle pop and brass added to funk and disco, and displays their diverse background, which they’ve brought together to create a inimitable sound. DrunkSouls has been put into the reggae rock category, but definitely has the ability to groove. By the 3rd song, J’ai fait un reve, I had experienced so much more than one genre of music. Yes, there is a reggae vibe, yes, there is an island feel, but there is depth and exploration of other sounds mixed in with it all. “Revolution” is a “16 track album offering a new trip through the original musical world of the band always littered with multiple influences.” The full album is available for streaming on SoundCloud and their YouTube videos are worth a peep. Viddy well, me droogies.
- DarlingDork


Founded in 2002, DRUNKSOULS are an indie/reggae French band sonically similar to Manu Chao, Gorillaz and Damian Marley. Their music is a patchwork of influences intended to make you dance as well as think. The Daily Consciousness says they’re “creating a unique sound with little to no borders.” Their songs, sometimes playful and sometimes dark, carry a message of reconciliation and tolerance, in which humour and gravity are intelligently cohabiting. Rock Is Rock says of the band “Dead Prez called themselves ‘Revolutionary but Gangster’. If that’s the case then DRUNKSOULS are ‘Revolutionary but Funny’.”
DRUNKSOULS have received a high amount of word-of-mouth from their fanbase, generating over 100,000 downloads of their debut album. Their music has been used in films like the documentary “I Believe I Can Fly”, whose trailer alone has garnered over 5 million views. DRUNKSOULS have played in legendary venues such as the mythical stage of Olympia-Bruno Coquatrix. In 2011, DRUNKSOULS were given the chance to play twice in another legendary venue, the Grand Auditorium du Palais des Festivals de Cannes, one of the events supporting the African Reggae Star TIKEN JAH FAKOLI.
Now, DRUNKSOULS are back with “Revolution”, a 16 track album offering of rock, reggae, electro, funk and pop. Building on the success of their debut, the band continues on the path of poppy hooks and political/emotional lyrics with tracks like “Human Race”, “The Fall” and “Revolution”.
The album kicks off with a steamy bass driven, reggae influenced dance track, entitled “Drifter Song”. Lead singer DjaM digs in with a laid back lead vocal scattered over funky falsetto chorus lines. This is a handclapping and footstomping floor burner.
The tracks “Human Race”, J’ai Fait Un Reve” and “Lust” breeze by elegantly before you encounter “Africa”.
A track where Pierre Pesin on trumpet and Romain Morello on trombone blow some mean horn phrases, while DjaM’s bitter beseeching vocals, drag you straight into the heart of an african village. Your emotions will struggle to remain immune to this atmospheric gem.
Song after song, I convince myself that DjaM’s voice has an uncanny effect, similar to that of Roland Gift, lead singer of the famous 80's band, the Fine Young Cannibals.
A voice that cries out desperately in the midst of joy. A voice that flaunts two opposing emotions in one single word. A rare trait.
“L’amour Dietetique” takes us straight into “Sullivan Story”, where the DRUNKSOULS detour faintly into the realms of Beat music, a fusion of rock and roll, doo-wop, skiffle, R&B and soul, made famous during the ’60's in the United Kingdom.
“Happy Death Day” displays another delectable style mutation. A slow melancholy marching chant, featuring hypnotic keyboard playing by Jean Marc Layani. Very reminiscent of early Genesis with the eccentric brilliance of Peter Gabriel
“Supermarket” is another dance hall track, while “Separation” falls back into the classic 3/4 reggae beat. On both these tracks bassist Adrien Coulomb takes the lion’s share with some delightful picking.
On “Always” and “Studium w Bieli”, guitarist JU begins to unleash his soulful six-string.
“The Fall” is both melodic and radio-ready reggae, that falls somewhere between Manu Chao and classic UB40.
The title track “Revolution” is probably the most progressive arrangement on the album. A modern aggressive guitar-based rocker, that uncovers the harder side of the DRUNKSOULS. Drummer Julien Heurtel carries this one on his shoulders, with some solid stick-work.
Ironically “The End” is not the end, but leads to “Uniform” the final song on this 16 track album.
So much like the rest of the album, “Uniform” is filled with varied mood and tempo changes.
The DRUNKSOULS hardcore appeal, is obviously geared towards their reggae roots, but the band’s honest and charming musical arrangements, are contagious.
A solid rhythm section, boosted by scathing brass sounds, a soulful singer and some really powerful song themes, will convince many fans of other genres to admire this band’s craftmenship.
The DRUNKSOULS are what crossover World Music is all about.
Visit the DRUNKSOULS here: DRUNKSOULS Homepage, On Facebook, On Youtube

- JAMSPHERE the indie rock magazine &Radio Network (U.K) by The Editor


"infectious"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-




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Artist: Drunk Souls
CD: Revolution
Label: Drunk Soul Records
Genre: Eoro-Reggae, Alternative Rock, Ambient Power Pop
Sounds Like: The Gorillaz, Oingo Boingo, UB40, Mountain
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: J’ai fait un reve, Supermarket, L’amour dietique, Revolution
Weakness: American Marketability, No Barcode, Winded Songs

CD REVIEW:

Marseille France based Reggae-Rock band Drunk Souls release their second effort entitled Revolution in2011. Band memners include DJaM (lead vocal), JU (lead guitar), Pierre Pesin (trumpet), Julien Heurtel (drums), Adrien Coulomb (bass), Jean Marc Layani (keyboards) and Romain Morello (Trombone).

The CD kicks things off with “Drifter Song” a catchy intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first piece delivers hooky groove, coupled with pulsating rhythm, against catchy vocals and psychedelic musical flair. Track 2 entitled “Human Race” serves up a steady horn driven vibe against pulsating melody and exotic vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing and infectious. Track 3 “J’ai fait un reve” dishes out a surfer rock guitar ambience against pulsating keyboard and synthesizer accents, with vocal layers of sound that come at you from every directions. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of The Gorillaz, Oingo Boing, and even Mountain and UB40. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of Euro musical variety and a degree of unpredictability. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere – from rocking reggae guitar, impressive solo guitars, driving rhythms, Ska Horns, piano, percussive accents, synthesizers, keyboard accents, and well placed vocal harmonies and layering. The vocal abilities of DjaM fill the sonic space quite well and mesh well with this catalogue of music perfectly. All band members play their parts extremely well song for song and note for note. Musical sampling, rhythms and beats are effective and well placed. The sonic overdubbing and mixing is packed to the hilt and chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There’s not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the sonic ambience is infectious and the music is entertaining and just fun to listen to. From upbeat “Lust” and “Africa” and to passionate “Happy Death Day” to rocking “Sullivan Story”, “Always” and “Supermarket” to dynamic “L’amour dietique” and grooving “Separation” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Uniform” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

It’s fair to say the think French tongue and accent will take a toll on most Western listeners. I also notice no barcode on the back of the CD. This indicates retail non-compatibility. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the aforementioned issues affect the CD’s overall marketability. If the Drunk Souls are serious about penetrating the American Market I recommend releasing 2 CD's simultaneously. One in their native tongue for European fans, and another in English for American fans.

From start to finish Revolution by Drunk Souls by “Drunk Souls” is a rock solid production. It’s extremely consistent, catchy, original, and very melodic. It’s strength – a total blast to listen to, the songs are extremely catchy and infectious and with 16 songs the catalog comes fully loaded. All songs grab you refusing to let go. All in all Drunk Souls combine amazing songwriting, top flight originality, with a mix with rich sonic layering. Make no bones about it these are some very talented composers and performer from Frances. When the ride is over you will want to do it all over again.

Cyrus Rhodes - Indie Music Digest


DrunkSouls are French band that tap into legendary Mano Negra, influences.
If Any Non English Speaking band did change and was hugely popular around Europe that was Mano Negra,
and That's the sound that is absolutely missing in today's Corporate-Idol infused, brainwashing scene.
Drunksouls are Talking about Sex and Revolution, Singing like Marley sons, And having Somewhat
Beastie Boys Attitude, With pretty much West Coast Guitar sounds.
They Don't sound like any of Popy Icons like Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and That's good thing.
I can see them playing along with Damian Marley or any of big Pot culture festivals, where Similar acts do great job.
French music was always more experimental and having more open approach to different cultures and their influences.
And Drunksouls have similar way of thinking.They like to state that,they're "creating a unique sound with little to no borders."
And they doing it since 2002. Hopefully they gonna be touring other side of the ocean and get Reagge, and Rock fans Rolling into
their Revolutionary but Positive and funny state of mind.
http://www.drunksouls.com/ - RTV-BUZZ! NYC Rock Indie Blog


I woke up this morning with what felt like a hangover. Dreamt that I hung out all night with 4 crazy French dudes. Their music sounded like a cross between The Gorillaz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jason Mraz. We were up all night singing songs about starting a musical revolution, supemarkets, lust….wait….this wasn’t a dream at all it’s the latest release by French band Drunk Souls entitled Revolution
It’s truly amazing what these guys have done on this latest release. I’ve never had a CD suck me in quite like this one did – refusing to let go and calling me back after it was complete. The music just flows like a river via an invigorating vocal front and an addictive reggae driven vibe that is comparable to Musical Crack. There is also an undeniable Ambient quality to this CD as well that is painfully simple yet brilliantly crafted. The CD works its magic when you just let go and roll with the unique sound – never knowing what’s around the next corner. The music not so commercially viable due to some songs sung in the French, but amazing witty and clever nonetheless. It has a fresh sound and a aftertaste that will remind you of bands like Damian Marley, Manu Chao, and even Fine Young Cannibals. What I like most about the CD is the musical space it provides. Not every square inch is filled with a mundane vocal delivery under duress – but space that allows the CD to just breathe.
My favorite tracks are: “Supermarket” and “Africa.”
“Revolution” by Drunk Souls is an endearing album limited by nothing. It is painfully simple but technically brilliant in its delivery. I would imagine as time goes by we will hear more from this powerful band from Marselle. Time will tell, but I can honestly say this is one release that proves that the French can not only start a good revolution every now and then, but become Rock Stars in the process.
Rating: 4/5
URL – www.drunksouls.com
CD can be purchased @ soundcloud.com/drunksouls/sets/drunksouls-revolution
Written by Mindy McCall, March, 2012 | edits from blackdog
- Rock n Roll View (Written by Mindy McCall)


INDIE SHARK
http://www.indieshark.com/Drunk%20Souls%20CD%20Review%20on%20INDIESHARK.html


The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from French 7 piece band "Drunk Souls" entitled Revolution released in 2011. Band memners include DJaM (lead vocal), Pierre Pesin (trumpet), Julien Heurtel (drums), JU (lead guitar), Adrien Coulomb (bass), Romain Morello (trombone), and Jean Marc Layani (keyboards).

The band I would say the band clearly possesses advanced modern pop-rock playing skills and above average writting. Timing is spot on within the power pop, reggae rock Techo dance grooves. Vocals from DJaM work well within the confines of this catchy catalogue. The music The music is rather hard to pigeonhole but I would say they sound like a cross between The Gorillaz, meets Men at Work meets UB40. The songs All pieces strike the prefect balance between Ambient, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Pop, Ska and even Power Pop. Simply put - solid song line-up with messages that are fun and full of reckless abandon. The vibe Possesses a very modern, danceable, ambient-pop type musical delivery. The production Polished sounding production with crystal clear high-end clarity and solid low-end punch. The good Honorable mentions go out to the strong song line-up and solid players. Simply put - this band is just fun to listen to. This collection of music delivers marketable music that covers many genera's with messages that are compatible with the bands name. The bad I do however have my doubt's about successfully introducing Euro-Music into US culture. In my opinion this CD needs to be slightly Americanized in order to do that. The thick French accent of DJaM will take toll. Some songs are sung in French - ughh. The ugly Nothing to report.

The verdict You might ask what do the French know about a good Revolution? Well apparently allot because Revolution by Drunk Souls is the perfect CD to spin at a beach party gone wild. It's perfect on days you want a colorful and fun dance production to brighten up your day. Drunk Souls is a force to be reckoned with and they really do deserve credit for bringing all this together. The CD presents many musical flavors all rolled up into one fun-tastic CD. This latest release delivers on many levels - solid session players, amazing songs, heart felt vocals and party-type vibe. Drunk Souls will suck you in like a powerful drug and refuse to let go. The Bottom Line One shouldn't underestimate a good French Revolution every now and then.
Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic
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INTERVIEW: Drunk Souls

By Cyrus Rhodes







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I recently had the privilege of reviewing the latest CD from France's own Drunk Souls entitled Revolution. From start to finish Revolution by Drunk Souls by “Drunk Souls” is a rock solid production. It’s extremely consistent, catchy, original, and very melodic. It’s strength – a total blast to listen to, the songs are extremely catchy and infectious and with 16 songs the catalog comes fully loaded. All songs grab you refusing to let go. All in all Drunk Souls combine amazing songwriting, top flight originality, with a mix with rich sonic layering. Make no bones about it these are some very talented composers and performer from Frances. When the ride is over you will want to do it all over again.



"infectious"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

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IMD (For band) Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?



DS Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Mano Negra, Funkadelic and more or less the whole African/American music scene influenced us.



IMD What’s behind the band name and what’s the main thing you want fans to take from your music? Can you share with us the circumstances that led this band to form?



DS What’s behind the name? Quite easy to guess, no? We love drinking…and in fact, at the beginning our rehearsals were more about drinking than playing music! It was, however, a long time ago, about 10 years ago, so when we had to find a name, everybody agreed about the “drunk” word. Then we had to find another aspect to complete the name with a more meaningful term, and souls was a good choice, because it was referring at the same time to the soul in the music and our own tortured souls. About the circumstances that led this band to form, they’re not very unique. Actually, we were a band of buddies who liked to drink under a rehearsal pretext, moaning about the cruel and absurd world we were living in, and finally we ended on a true band, but we now all hate each other;) Frankly speaking, from the beginning of the band, only the guitar player Ju and I, the singer, are still there. We are the original lineup/songwriters. The main thing we want our fans to take from our music is above all, pleasure and fun; then, if our themes or lyrics can make them think about some absurdities and failures of our societies, it’s a real bonus! We will be proud to be able to have this written on our epitaph;)



IMD What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?



DS Ouch, this is really a hard question to answer…the best? I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of concerts…really hard to pick only one. One of the latest I’ve seen who touched me most was one of Patrice. I like this guy and his creativity, and was impressed by his musicians and his vocal performance at this show. But lots of shows I’ve seen in my life impressed me or moved me to a certain degree.



IMD Is there a song that stands out on this release as being your favorite on your latest album?



DS My favorite is probably not the favorite of the other musicians, but it’s quite hard to pick a favorite when they are all yours. However, I would say that I have a particular tenderness to HUMAN RACE, and that the one I enjoy most singing live is REVOLUTION!



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"The main thing we want our fans to take from our music is above all, pleasure

and fun; then, if our themes or lyrics can make them think about some

absurdities and failures of our societies, it’s a real bonus!



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IMD I really enjoyed the tracks “Supermarket” and “revolution” could you tell us what inspired those pieces of music?



DS You probably already know the answer to this question; the world we’re living in. The consumption society where consuming has become almost a religious act, buying more things than the neighbor is an indispensable thing…If you do open your eyes, the world itself is very inspiring. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes challenging to think that “every little thing is gonna be all right”, as Bob Marley says.That’s probably what led me to write REVOLUTION, because I do think that it’s time for revolution now! It’s time to change the things; time to share more power. Time for the unwanted people of the nations to march towards liberty, to access more respect and freedom, and of course…last but not least, time for more sex!:) Don’t you agree? Revolution with DRUNKSOULS must be a funny uprisin - Indie Music Digest


Drunk souls are an indie rock reggae band from Marselle, France, though their members are from many locations and cultures. When I heard the first song on their album, Drifter Song, I thought “here’s another reggae spinoff band.” I was quite judgmental, but I kept listening and the album turned into something else that was very interesting. They are more of a Gorillaz or Manu Chao type band with strange effects and whisper talk imbedded in the tracks. They even have a full horn section, which being a trumpet player, I am obviously excited about. “Human Race” is one of my favorites on the album featuring said horn section. Much like one of my favorites Manu Chao they sing in both English and French and by the third song, J’ai Fait un Reve, the album takes a sudden and amazing turn. This band is diverse both in sound and song writing and I think I will be listening for a long time to come. - Sergeant sparrow Records


TRI STATE MAGAZINE (USA)
« Drunk Souls- "On Verra Plus Tard"
They are French. They are a reggae band. And they sing in English. So, you say to yourself, "C'mon! This must be a joke!". Until you start listeing to this album and realize that it is no joke. These guys are great.
“On Verra Plus Tard” by Drunksouls captures a wonderful mix of reggae, funk, soul and touch of rock. The instrumentation lopes along in a slow easy roll, the vocals are spot on whether it is a laid back number or something more upbeat. From tracks like "Pain Of Life" and "Give Me A Sign", the listener can detect the different influences brought to this group by it's members, who though French, come from different backgrounds and cultures. The hook-filled chorus of "No More Fighting" will stay in your head for days after hearing it.
Just one of the up and coming bands on the European reggae scene, Drunksouls should have no trouble finding an audience around the world who will fall in love with their love of music and playing.”
- TRI STATE REGGAE MAGAZINE (USA)


ALBUM REVIEW:

Drunk Souls- "On Verra Plus Tard"

They are French. They are a reggae band. And they sing in English. So, you say to yourself, "C'mon! This must be a joke!". Until you start listeing to this album and realize that it is no joke. These guys are great.

“On Verra Plus Tard” by Drunksouls captures a wonderful mix of reggae, funk, soul and touch of rock. The instrumentation lopes along in a slow easy roll, the vocals are spot on whether it is a laid back number or something more upbeat. From tracks like "Pain Of Life" and "Give Me A Sign", the listener can detect the different influences brought to this group by it's members, who though French, come from different backgrounds and cultures. The hook-filled chorus of "No More Fighting" will stay in your head for days after hearing it.

Just one of the up and coming bands on the European reggae scene, Drunksouls should have no trouble finding an audience around the world who will fall in love with their love of music and playing.
- TR-STATE REGGAE


Drunksouls, 'européen sans être ultra-libéral'.




DRUNKSOULS est-il un groupe qui hésite entre le Rock et le Reggae, entre le Français et l'Anglais ?

DjaM : Non, ce n'est pas une hésitation mais un choix délibéré. Nous avons choisi de ne pas choisir depuis le début. On ne s'est jamais dit : « on va être un groupe de Rock ! » ou « on va être un groupe de Reggae ! ». On s'est dit : « On va essayer de faire de la musique.. et si possible qu'on aime bien … » sans s'interdire aucun style musical à priori. C'est le texte, l'envie du moment , l'ambiance qu'on veut donner à un morceau qui détermine l'arrangement musical, pas une doctrine . Après, c'est sûr que comme notre jeunesse folle et dépravée a été particulièrement marquée par le rock et le reggae, ce sont sans doute les influences qui reviennent le plus souvent.

L'utilisation de langues différentes permet de chanter avec des timbres différents et un phrasé différent, ce qui offre plus de possibilités sonores. De toute façon, je trouve que le français sonne mal pour certains types de chansons. Parfois le mélange Français/Anglais c'est le thème de la chanson qui l'exige comme pour « United Nations » ou « Sullivan story » par exemple.

De toute façon, on chante également en Espagnol, en Polonais…comme quoi on peut être européen sans être ultra-libéral…

Qu'est-ce qui fait que certains textes sont en Français ? L'envie d'être plus compris, de toucher plus de monde par ici avec ce que l'on chante ?

DjaM : Chanter en français, c'est pas forcément la garantie d'être compris…J'ai parfois lu des interprétations assez farfelues de certains de mes textes…comme la fois ou un bloggeur qui appréciait beaucoup la chanson « Dernière cigarette » pensait que le texte « De l'audience pour Etienne, des voix pour le FN » faisait référence à la ville de St Etienne….
Mais bon c'est certain que lorsque l'on a envie de véhiculer un message ou de raconter une histoire, il vaut mieux utiliser le français pour que le public français les comprenne.
Je me serais mal vu chanter « Poésie pour Sarkozy » en Anglais par exemple…







Sur quelles bases sont nés les DRUNKSOULS ?

DjaM : Et bien, à la base nous étions un groupe de potes ..on se réunissait tous les dimanches après midi pour des ateliers broderie et des ventes privées de lingerie, bref la routine, et puis un jour on a eu l'idée saugrenue de faire de la musique et maintenant on se déteste tous…

Qui sont les membres du groupe ? Peux-tu nous les présenter ?

DjaM : Ca va prendre du temps, vu qu'on est huit, alors je vais tacher de faire du concentré.
Il y a Frank Albert qui s'est mis à la batterie pour perdre son excèdent de poids, aux percussions , il y a Borgelao notre champion du monde Brésilien habilement reconverti, à la guitare Lead , Julien Mur qui essaie désespérément de trouver l'âme sœur ; d'ailleurs je vais profiter de cette interview pour tenter de lui donner un dernier coup de pouce, voici son numéro perso 06 10 23 20 49, alors les filles surtout celles qui ont une âme charitable…téléphonez lui !
Il y a aussi Yann Mangin à la deuxième guitare, diplômé de l'école internationale de sosie de Nancy , Nicolas « Rain » Marcellin à la basse , un moniteur d'auto-école, un peu autiste que je ne vous conseille pas ; et puis il y a les deux nouveaux, Pierre et Jenk , dont personne ne connaît les noms de famille à part peut être les RG … Pierre est à la trompette et Jenk aux claviers…Voilà un rapide tour d'horizon, pour en savoir plus faudra aller sur notre site…

Y-a-t-il des leaders ou des personnalités qui entraînent les DRUNKSOULS, les poussent vers l'avant ?

DjaM : Dans le monde actuel, il y a quand même beaucoup plus de monde qui nous font reculer plutôt que l'inverse…Surtout qu'en France , avec le Borgne, le Nain et le Truand , on a été gâtés…Ceux qui nous entraînent, ceux qui nous poussent vers l'avant, c'est plutôt ceux qui nous poussent à fuir, ces derniers temps..
Pour citer quand même quelqu'un de positif , Martin Luther King m'inspire un profond respect. Je ne suis pas sûr que l'on revoie un Martin Luther King de sitôt…

Quelle est votre actualité ?

DjaM : On est en train d'enregistrer un deuxième album, dont on pourra bientôt télécharger une preview sur Jamendo. On a quasiment fini le remixage du premier album qui sera bientôt disponible chez des disquaires indépendants dont L'écouteur à Salon de provence. On peut également le commander sur notre site.
Au niveau scène , on va monter du côté de Paris pour le festival Aramis le samedi 6 octobre à Juvisy sur orge. C'est un festival sur invitation, si des parisiens sont intéressés, ils peuvent nous demander des invitations sur notre mail contact.
Le samedi 13 octobre, nous faisons la première partie de Two Tone Club au Portail Coucou(Salon de Provence), on peut déjà réserver ses places dans toutes les bonnes billetteries.
Deux nouveaux vidéo-clips sont en post production et devraient bientôt sor - musiciens.biz


Drunksouls - Reggae from France?
I found these guys on Jamendo, where I downloaded their whole creative commons licensed cd, "On Verra Plus Tard" (in English: one will see later) for free. The title of the cd should you a clue that they aren't from the States or Canada, but from France.


Drunksouls are a reggae/punk band from France with some really good music. Yes people France has more to offer than just croissants, wine, and cuisine. They have reggae, and good raggae at that. There songs are almost a perfect combination of the Police, Bob Marley, and the Specials, but way better because Sting isn't their vocalist, they never recorded a shitty song called 'Roxanne', the lead singer isn't dead, and their fucking ALBUM IS FREE!!!!!!!!!! My personal favorite songs are 'No More Fighting' and 'Promenons Nous Dans Les Bois' (in English: Let us take a walk in the woods). Do I understand everything they are saying? No, but some of their songs are in English. But if your bilingual in French and English, you'll be able to go to there site and understand it because the English version isn't working.

You need to check out this band, and especially if you like reggae.

I give the album 4 1/2 stars out of 5 - LAWN GNOME DEATH MARCH


Good job. This is the best conclusion I had after listenning Drunksouls’ album. The LP begins with catchy postpunk Pain of life, which may be consider as a minor underground hit, and it doesn’t get worse through the Rest of the record. Give me a sign reminds me of the latest RHCP songs, but it’s not an accusation, but rather praise of band’s composition abilities. No more fighting it’s typical euro-reggae, a priori worse than Jamaican original, but song is a good effort. There is a place is similar to the previous song, but it’s got nice up-lifting strings and vocal intro. Barfly sounds quite like uninventive rock music, but it has this cold new wave mood that saves the composition. Dernière cigarette is a good rock drive with a little bit silly lyrics, but rock energy covers this imperfection.
I would like to see them some summer festiwal if I had a chance.



- Galaktycznyzwiad



author: Xavier P. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

“On Verra Plus Tard” by Drunksouls is an outstanding funk/reggae rock collection. Groovy instrumentation, coupled with profusely soulful, pitch-perfect vocal performances give this album a very intriguing edge. The musicianship and recording quality are excellent. The opening track, “Pain of Life” wastes no time in showing off this band’s tight, well-polished sound and flaunts a very contagious bass and drum groove. “Dear Lady” brings about a more laid back, acoustic feel and highlights the thought-provoking lyrics present in every tune. Moreover, “No More Fighting” features a hook-filled chorus and ventures almost exclusively to the reggae arena, reflecting this genre in both instrumentation and socially-driven lyricism. Being completely radio-ready, this collection is ready to soar off the ground. Fans of rock and reggae, you’ll love this one!
- RADIOINDY


Assoiffés de bon son, voilà qui devrait vous rassasier. Formation pluridirectionnelle, Drunk Souls manie habilement toutes les subtilités d’un alambic sonore à vous faire tourner la tête. Sur une base reggae/rock, les marseillais signent ici un premier album qui frise la perfection. Perfection dans la voix lead d’abord, capable d’épouser des registres reggae, soul, rock ou ragga… avec une facilité déconcertante. Un chant toujours juste et vibrant, à situer entre Michael Jackson, Patrice, voire Johnny Clegg, pour donner un repère qui n’en est pas vraiment un… Perfection dans l’approche artistique ensuite, avec un éventail de styles combinés avec brio, des cassures rythmiques bien senties, et un tissu harmonique maîtrisé avec une base guitare/basse/batterie, épaulée par un clavier, une flûte et une trompette. Inutile de remettre ça à plus tard, l’écoute de ces treize titres est fortement conseillée, et l’abus, recommandé.
- NOUVELLE VAGUE


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Punk spirit , Rock culture , Reggae sound.

Founded in 2002, DRUNKSOULS are a French reggae band who have garnered worldwide acclaim and word-of-mouth. Likened to an original blend of Manu Chao, Gorillaz, Michael Jackson, RHCP and Damian Marley, their music is a patchwork of influences intended to make you dance as well as think. The Daily Consciousness says they're "creating a unique sound with little to no borders." Their songs, sometimes playful and sometimes dark, carry a message of reconciliation and tolerance, in which humour and gravity are intelligently cohabiting. Rock Is Rock says of the band "Dead Prez called themselves 'Revolutionary but Gangster'. If that's the case then DRUNKSOULS are 'Revolutionary but Funny'."

DRUNKSOULS have received a high amount of word-of-mouth from their fanbase, generating over 100,000 downloads of their debut album, and close to 2 million You Tube views of their viral music video "Human Race", which has also been seen by millions in North America on California Music Channel, MusicMix USA, Alternative Currents and many others. The video's success was due partially to it's breathtaking footage, taken from the multi-award winning documentary "I Believe I Can Fly". The film was directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and based on the Skyliners, a team of French adventurers who specialize in highline tightrope walking, basejumping, and mountaineering. It won the Jury's award at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. HIP Video Promo describe the video "as an exhilarating ride."

DRUNKSOULS have played in legendary venues such as the mythical stage of Olympia-Bruno Coquatrix and the Grand Auditorium du Palais des Festivals de Cannes, one of the events supporting the African Reggae Star Tiken Jah Fakoli.

The critical acclaim and rapidly growing North American fanbase have encouraged DRUNKSOULS to come to the U.S for an ambitious tour with the Skyliners in 2013. The band's current CD "Revolution" is a 16 track album offering of rock, reggae, electro, funk and pop. Building on the success of their debut, the band continues on the path of poppy hooks and political/emotional lyrics with tracks like "Human Race", "The Fall" and "Revolution". "Revolution" has earned them recommendations from tastemakers worldwide.

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