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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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"Drew Caouette Drummer Bio"

Andrew Caouette

Drums and Percussion

Since attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for both undergraduate and graduate
studies – where he majored in music for only two years – upon graduating, the young jazz/funk/
r&b style drummer has experienced an exciting whirlwind of opportunities as an
player. Among his big resume dates leading up to his current work with Soulstice include gigs
such as performing for George W. Bush at his inauguration, performing with Don McLean,
the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band,
Julie Capone Smith, Ethan Stone, the Franks, et al. Andrew has had the opportunity to study
drums and percussion with the likes of Eduardo Leandro, Gary Chaffee, Thomas Hannum,
Colin McNutt, Don Kirby, and Thomas Ruckey, all of whom have had a great influence on his
personal style and approach to music. A drummer and percussionist of progressive invention,
Andrew always tries to hit the mark with every attempt at innovation, but there is no doubt his
devotion to contemporary music and style(s) will serve any group and/or artist well in the future. - Soulstice

"Worcester Magazine feature on "Soulstice""

Summer Soulstice
Written by Chris McCarthy
Thursday, 05 July 2007
You never heard covers so funked out
By Chris McCarthy

While summer may have started a couple of weeks ago, Soulstice is just beginning to warm up.

During those infamous heat waves that are starting to grip Worcester this summer, not everything is as entertaining as it once was, and not every genre of music fits the mood as well as it does on cooler days. Hair metal is too sweaty, country just reminds you how hot it is, and no one can move fast enough in heat to keep up with techno. But funk — well, funk is what Mother Nature listens to when she's melting tar and giving you a sunburn, so why shouldn't the rest of us?

The best way to get your dose of funk this week is to check out Soulstice, a newcomer to the Worcester music scene. The seven-member group plays a variety of cover songs, ranging from Aretha Franklin to Sublime to The Beatles to John Mayer and everything in between. With such a varied set list, Soulstice can guarantee that everyone in the audience will be able to sing along with at least one of their songs, probably more.

"We love to pay tribute to the music we love," says singer/guitarist Ethan Caouette. "We pick songs based on what we know are crowd favorites, and music that just feels right to play."

The group came together in the past few months. "Our first practice was great and we've been a band ever since," said Ken Macy, guitarist and vocalist. Soulstice recorded a recent show at The Lucky Dog and put the tracks on their Web site, and Caouette says that, "Eventually we will be writing our own material."

Having a song repertoire that dabbles in several genres, it would not be surprising if Soulstice just picked songs out of a hat to cover. "We pretty much vote within the band on what songs fit our style the best," says Macy. "We get song ideas from our friends and fans as well." Even if they don't choose at random, it's still tough to arrange a classic song into a new, funkier version.

Soulstice plays covers of the songs with inspiration, but they are not straight covers. The band resurrects classic hits with unique instrumentation, giving the songs a breath of fresh air. Part of the reason the covers turn out so well is due to powerful vocals and the use of saxophone, something that isn't present in the original version of most songs. "We just listen to the songs and bounce ideas off each other at practice," says Macy. "Within minutes, we'll come up with a new idea and put it into the song."

When a band gets to play all its favorite songs, it will obviously make for a fun live show. "Our main goal is to give New England concertgoers the best show we can, night after night," says Macy. The band hopes to build up a solid fan base while putting on these great shows, including the one on Friday. As to what you should be prepared to see at the show, Macy added, "Expect the unexpected."

- Worcester Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Soulstice is a band comprised of seven talented musicians from the Central MA area. Members of the band have opened for such national acts as Jefferson Airplane, The Samples, Ruby Horse, Don McLean and Maynard Ferguson among others. The music they make is a nod to the influences that helped shape the band as musicians. Soulstice is surely not your average cover band. With unique arrangements and instrumentation, the band seeks to put their own creative spin on classic tunes you have grown to love without catering to any specific genre or time period. Songs you have heard so many bands do will take on a new life as they are resurrected with an energy and vitality. The band performs songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Tower of Power to more modern groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, John Legend, The Black Crowes, John Mayer, Jason Mraz and many others.