Deep Street Soul
Formed in 2006 as a Hammond led instrumental four piece, they honed their sound and craft on the burgeoning Melbourne soul scene paying homage to their hero’s from the late 60’s, in particular the sounds of the Meters and Booker & the MG’s. A homemade recording went on to become the first of two sold out 45’s on the local Jaycee’s label. These 7-inch’s were heard by the owner of Freestyle Records (UK) and the band signed to the label in 2008.
The debut album Deep Street Soul was released in late 2009. It included a cover of the MC5 anthem ‘Kick Out The Jams’ featuring New York soul sister Tia Hunter. MC5 guitarist & songwriter Wayner Kramer dubbed the bands take of this classic “the greatest version of the song ever recorded”. The album itself generated press globally with stellar reviews from Europe and the US, and support from the heavy weight DJ’s on the funk & soul scene.
The band followed up this LP with a European tour in 2010, playing shows across the UK, France and Spain including a live performance on Mark Lamarr’s (BBC2) seminal Friday night show ‘Gods Jukebox’.
After adding the dynamite vocals of ‘Mighty May’ Johnston to the lineup in late 2011, Deep Street Soul broke away from their instrumental styling’s and again teamed up with Freestyle Records to release the highly anticipated second album “Look Out, Watch Out”. It received sensational reviews worldwide and radio play across Europe & the US. In hometown Australia the album was featured heavily on stations across the country.
The live shows saw the band expand their lineup once again, as the evolving sound called for the killer blows of a slamming horn section.
In 2013, the band headed OS again for their 2nd European tour after receiving an invitation to perform at the legendary Glastonbury Music Festival. During this run of dates they also performed to full houses across the UK, Spain & France finishing the tour with a memorable performance at the famous Saint-Paul Soul Jazz Festival.
Along with Japanese funksters Osaka Monaurail, Mountain Mocha Kilmanjarro and the US’s Will Sessions, Deep Street Soul take their place as one of the heaviest & meanest bands currently plying their trade on the international funk scene. They have played alongside legends such as Marva Whitney & Charles Walker, headlined Russ Dewbury’s legendary ‘Jazz Rooms’ club night, and graced the stages of some of Europe’s & Australia’s largest festivals.
If you like your Hammond organ dirty, your diva funky, your rhythm section tight & your horn section schooled in the ways of the JB’s, check out Deep Street Soul.