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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States | INDIE

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States | INDIE
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"Life As Three"

...SOAK is rock based with flavors of jam band, funk and a little blues... An original sound. - Manchester Hippo

"SOAK: Review"

"The question you must ask yourself is, are you a hippie? The answer to this question will indicate if you will LOVE soak or like Soak"....."I LOVE this band." - NH Music Blogspot

"Soakin' In The Sound"

Soak makes an appropriate name for this Manchester-based rock-jam band.

The members have soaked up various influences over the years and now they lay down something that drives like rock, beats like funk and improvises like jam.

Bass guitarist and vocalist Chris Smith has always been attracted to this kind of music.

“As long as I can remember, I’ve been involved with that kind of music,” he said. “Led Zeppelin II is what made me start playing bass guitar in the first place. Ever since I was 13 I’ve been into that music.”

Drummer Troy Dutton comes into it from the jam band perspective.

“I like jam bands. I’m a huge Phish and Dave Matthews fan. I played in some hard core bands and some emo bands. But this is definitely my preferred style,” Dutton said....

...Smith honed his skills be learning the bass approach from the bombastic stylists like John Paul Jones, The Led Zep low end who stretched electric bass beyond its limitations.

“His playing style was a major influence for me when I started playing,” Smith said. “So was Jack Bruce, Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton from Metallica. I liked their approach to the instrument. They weren’t just necessarily keeping a standard rhythm. They were actually playing the instrument a little bit more like the lead instrument. It really challenged me.”

Troy Dutton has bifurcated influences, Carter Buford of Dave Matthews Band and Travis Barker from Blink 182.

“They’re both extremely creative in what they do,” Dutton said. “They’re both very finesse drummers.”

Soak has released four CDs of original music with different line-ups.

“The band’s been around since ’99,” Smith said. “But the current line-up has been together since May of this year. I’ve been a part of the band since August of 2005. Once I joined ... we started doing all original material. ... With the new line-up, we’re just finishing up the full-length CD Burnt Newell Breakdown. That’s going to be about 15 tracks.”

Going into a studio to record, Soak envisions some songs before jamming out.

“A lot of it is road-tested stuff, stuff that we played live,” Smith said. “On the other hand, there were a couple of tracks that we wrote for this record that we just did on the spot. They have a little bit of an improvisational quality.”

When it’s time for Soak to play live, they know where to find pockets of improvisation.

“We do try to bring it out into a tight jam in the parts that warrant that, going off from a chorus part or from a bridge part,” Dutton said. “But we try to keep them controlled and timed.”

See Soak
What: Soak
When: Friday, Dec. 8, in Milford; Thursday, Dec. 14, in Manchester.
Where: Milford show is at Shenanigans, 586 Nashua St., where routes 101 and 101A intersect, 566-8093; Manchester show is at The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., 625-0246.
For more info: Go to - Manchester Hippo


Turning Tommorow (April '08)
1) Burnt Newell Breakdown
2) Turning Tomorrow
3) Better Days
4) She Don't Know
5) Indecision Wane
6) Share My Fear
7) One Way Ride
8) Harry Stone
9) City Heartache
10) You Will Be Found
11) Keep You Alive
12) You're Afraid
13) Fingers Crossed

... So It Seems Demo EP
1) Cities
2) 7 Nation Army
3) Black Dress
4) Mobulus
5) So It Seems
6) Elizabeth
7) Bad Fish
8) Creep
9) Alpha Quandary

Burnt Newell Breakdown (full length CD)
Alpha Quandary
Better Days
So It Seems...
Share My Fear
Days Of Mine
One Way Ride
Indecision Wane
She Don't Know
Fingers Crossed
Through His Eyes
Burnt Newell Breakdown
Black Dress



The three members of SOAK have a varied background of influences that includes a very wide array from The Grateful Dead and Phish to Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes to Primus, Korn and Metallica. Add in a love of jazz, funk and blues amongst all members and you get a very unique blend of music that is rock in nature, jam band inspired at times, and caries a healthy dose of jazz and funk inspired grooves woven into the fabric of the music. In many ways, SOAK manages to defy exact genre standards while at the same time, representing what rock and roll is all about. Whether they are in an intimate local club setting or performing in larger festival or amphitheater settings SOAK displays a stage comfort that allows them to explore their jams and a magnetism that draws the viewers into their tight riffs and grooves. SOAK has shared the stage with countless bands of all levels winning over fans of multiple genres. Notable performances with bands such as Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Incubus, Blues Traveler, Collective Soul, The Bravery, Candlebox, and LIVE to name a few. -- The chemistry that exists among the 3 members of SOAK is tangible and provides tight, moveable rhythms, soaring solos and melodies and lyrics that paint a vivid picture for the listener.