Soe'za formed in 1996, and have honed their sound over the course of two well received albums, 'Founded by Sportsmen and Outlaws' (2001) on French label Prohibited Records and 'Why Do You Do?' on Gringo Records, and countless live shows with everyone from Q And Not U to The Fall to Sweep The Leg Johnny.
Soe'za are currently a seven-piece band, hailing from points along the M4 corridor, from Bristol to London. The band is part of the wider 'Pull the Strings' collective in Bristol; an artists' platform organised primarily to bring together like-minded people, concerned with interesting music and energetic ideas. Members of Soeza have been involved with artists such as Movietone, Line, Manyfingers, Matt Elliot and Eliza Carthy.
With a somewhat unorthodox line-up of two drum kits, two electric guitars, bass, French horn, Soe'za mix Can-esque grooves, and urgent guitars with two disparate yet complimentary singers in the shape of Ben Owen's clear-voiced declarations and Jenny Robinson's soulful melodies. The band twist this template in every conceivable direction, with French horn rounding out subtle modulations of mood.
The Soe'za sound? Eminently danceable, lyrically fascinating, melodically charming, hard rocking in an angular yet graceful fashion. Sometimes crashing bombastically, sometimes drifting languidly over intricate rhythms.
Their new (third) album, "7 Obstacles", recorded over the last two years, shows the latest stage in their development and demonstrates a band full of confidence, creativity and chutzpah.
Engineered by Mark Simms. Mastered by Steven Ward.
Artwork by Ben Owen.
1000 copies on CDin digipack sleeve.
Australia - Rocket
Benelux - Suburban
Canada - F.A.B.
Finland - Supersounds
France - Differ-ant
Germany - Cargo Records
Italy - Goodfellas
Spain - Popstock
New Zealand - Southbound
Scandinavia - Border
United States - Red Eye and Forced Exposure