Inspired by the souldies around which they were reared, Alex Garcia and Sal Samano found chemistry when they began cutting bedroom demos of rhythm tracks together in 2019. Multi-instrumentals both, Alex migrated from the guitar to the drums where he discovered the sensitive touch and unique feel that would be the pillowy pulse of the band’s sound, while Sal learned to carve winding bass lines through the deep spidery grooves of their vamps. Though the jams they created together were scintillating, it wasn’t until they connected with vocalist Josh Lane that the real sound of Thee Sacred Souls came into focus. Josh had recently relocated to San D. from Sacramento where he had studied singing, honing his voice into a weightless vehicle that could carry the Smokey-esque lyrics and Marvin-ous melodies he had bubbling within him. The connection was electric, Josh’s mellifluous poetry floating weightlessly atop Alex and Sal’s rhythms, and Thee Sacred Souls were born.
Stepping off the stage after their very first club date, Josh, Sal, and Alex were tugged aside by Daptone Records’ producer and co-founder, Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) whose seasoned ears had been tickled by their set. Backs were patted, hands were shook, and three days later heads were bobbing in Mann’s Riverside studio, Penrose Recorders, as the Souls laid their first notes to tape.
In June of 2020, correlating with the launch of Daptone Records’ new imprint, Penrose, Thee Sacred Souls dropped their debut record “Can I Call You Rose?” b/w “Weak for Your Love” – which quickly became one of Daptone Records’ most sought after 45s. The follow up digital single, “Give Us Justice” was written in response to the murder of George Floyd – the proceeds of which the band donated to organizations promoting the freedoms, rights, and wellbeing of black people beginning with the Movement for Black Lives.
With a tough year behind them Thee Scared Souls head into 2021 on a positive note, dropping their new single “Will I See You Again” b/w “It’s Our Love”. And if pre-sales are an indication of what’s to come, you can expect big things on the horizon from these Sweet Soul mavericks.For tour dates and more visit: www.theesacredsouls.com/