SOUL ASYLUM performing Grave Dancers Union
It had been six years since Soul Asylum has issued a new album. But as evidenced by the arrival of Delayed Reaction (the group's first release for 429 Records), the wait was most certainly worth it. Fans will be happy to discover the group's trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact, and that they've turned back the clock to the good old days when full albums actually mattered - rather than just a smattering of singles padded with filler.
Originally formed in 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Soul Asylum has consistently issued heartfelt and passionate rock n' roll, first starting out on indie Twin/Tone, before scoring two major hits on Columbia, 1992's Grave Dancers Union (including the hit single "Runaway Train") and 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine. And the group is one of the few rock acts that can say that they played a presidential inauguration, when they did so for Bill Clinton in 1993.
What Comes After. It’s not clear if Adam Levy, frontman and creative force behind The Honeydogs, meant the title of their 10th studio release (and first full-length effort since 2006) as a statement or a question. The album’s songs merge simpler lyrical content of early works with the deceptively sophisticated music making of The Honeydogs more recent offerings. Written in a short spell and recorded in just 5 ½ days, these lilting, memorable tunes lent themselves to a bare-bones recording approach.
On a bleak, cold, frighteningly typical winter night in 2002, the last band I was in before Trampled by Turtles played our final show in a modified pizza restaurant-turned-venue in Duluth, Minnesota. The show ended, our band ended, glasses clinked cheers. We had plenty of help loading out our gear that night. So much, in fact, that someone walked away with my electric guitar and amp.