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Title: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on March 07, 2013, 01:32:16 AM
Here are two out of four songs that i've recently released on an EP entitled, "Before the Gold Rush.

 hope you enjoy, and I look forward to all your criticisms and other words regarding the matter.

Again, thanks for taking the time out of your day to listen to these songs and give feedback.

Below will be four links to which you can d/l each track.



Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on September 16, 2013, 10:33:02 PM
Hey, my band is about to put out a full length record. I'm really psyched about the new members of the band, and how well we're playing live.
If you're on facebook, go check out our page. We'll have much more updates there, and you can hear the new stuff as soon as we put it up.

http://www.facebook.com/oldsoulsrevival


Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 04, 2013, 10:27:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwQSovCsjJg&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 05, 2013, 10:21:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9b_I2-0rQg&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 05, 2013, 02:15:12 PM
I'm finally getting the masters for this thing, one track at a time, so I thought i'd post a few tunes here.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: polkablues on November 05, 2013, 05:46:19 PM
I'm liking the way these are coming out. "First Hymn" is a really good song.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 05, 2013, 07:47:32 PM
Very nice, the production value is really high.

I think your vocalist would sound much better with more processing though (perhaps to make him sound more distant/reverbish) or he needs to dial back the growling a bit. His close-to-the-mic raw vocal kind of clashes with the rest of your sound.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: matt35mm on November 05, 2013, 08:13:33 PM
Neil is the vocalist!
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 05, 2013, 08:22:44 PM
Oh my... I thought he was the guitarist! Maybe he's both.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 05, 2013, 11:08:40 PM
Ha. don't worry about it, I do play guitar as well, but I'm not the lead player.  As I've said, I'm very proud of these songs and this band.  I genuinely respect JB's opinion, and the fact that he's nice enough to take the time and not only listen, but provide his opinion. Furthermore I know he's always honest and his intentions are meant to be constructive, or at least he's been that way with me, so I don't take it personally. 
I appreciate all of your creative palettes, or at least those of you whose ideas are out there, on this site or otherwise, so don't worry about it.  I'm definitely not a great singer.  Here's the master to a song I received today, with less growl coincidentally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvvT07aYDN8&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 05, 2013, 11:36:58 PM
Thanks for taking that the right way. I love a lot of things in your voice, and I think it could be amazing if it were given a tasteful effect and blended a bit. (Don't ask me how to do that.) The rawness is sometimes a little startling in the mix, that's all.

I'm with Polka... I became strangely attached to "First Hymn." I've listened to it 3 or 4 times.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 21, 2013, 03:41:55 PM
Edit: links to purchase this album under 10$.

Bandcamp (http://theoldsoulsrevival.bandcamp.com)

iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/common-ground/id763805763)

Amazon mp3 (do people use this)?  (http://www.amazon.com/Common-Ground-The-Souls-Revival/dp/B00GUZG37I/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Old+Souls+Revival)

it's also available lots of other places, but i'm not sure if anyone makes use of those other services.

Cheers, and thanks again for supporting independent art.



Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on January 12, 2014, 01:28:57 PM
http://youtu.be/QhQmcWEfWZU

This is a revised version of a song that i've posted before.  A few of you had some relevant criticisms towards it, which caused me to launch into a sarcastic rant attempting to justify it, which was silly and I probably had polka delete.  I think it speaks for itself and I'm proud of the tune itself, so I hope you enjoy it and I hope 2014 is going well so far for all of you.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on August 01, 2014, 05:54:55 PM
A friend showed up to one our shows with his t3i, and took some footage. This has on board sound, so whatever.
Figured I would share it here.
Hope all's well in xixax land and otherwise!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEmNA0M81nk
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: 03 on August 01, 2014, 06:15:02 PM
kickass! let me know when you want me to talk to people about booking here, man.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on August 09, 2014, 11:49:56 PM
A St. Louis music magazine reviewed our album. Dig.

(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10390979_695174137186758_5210776885918214955_n.jpg?oh=1e0058aeaaeb3d96d0c57fd166ee197e&oe=547579D3)
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on August 31, 2014, 07:07:20 PM
Hey guys, I wasn't sure where to put this, and I don't think i should litter any more on this site than I already have. However, shortly after I moved to St. Louis, my band began to play out a lot, which put me in the same room with a lot of talented St. Louis musicians who aren't really doing much.  STL isn't currently known for its musical output, but anyways, we have a lot of talent here, and I started this project, which admittedly was me biting off more than I could chew, but i lit a fire and things are happening.

I am producing, directing and editing this thing and I've never made a doc before. It's been a learning experience and i'd love some feed back on potential things y'all think might help take this project to the next level, or just any insight at all would be very appreciated.

We won't be crowd sourcing. We're treating this group of 30 + musicians as one big band, so we're going to go out and play paying gigs and bank the money to get it made.  Hope you enjoy the trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmUlpeVB3a0

and here's our first musical performance that we've released which will be on the 1st disc, but only with full backing instrumentation.
The idea is to utilize the arsenal of musicians we have that are willing to collaborate with one another.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kg3kiDDDkY

If you'd like to follow the progression of the documentary/album's that we're making we're on facebook, please go like it. This is a completely non profit endeavor, and we all just want to create.

www.facebook.com/stlhereandnow (http://www.facebook.com/stlhereandnow)



Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on September 02, 2014, 06:40:46 PM
Here's this week's video for the project.  This song will appear on the 1st disc of the compilation however it will have full instrumentation backing it, or whatever we deem necessary for the tune.  We wanted to show the early form of each song, to show the process of this whole thing for the documentary.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQcncVRJCnU
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on September 18, 2014, 10:41:44 PM
Hey y'all, hope all's well.  I just thought i'd inquire for anyone kind enough to respond.

this documentary is underway and essentially it's about the music scene here in St. Louis, but more specifically the project is about building a community and putting all these artists who are always around one another in a position to make music together.

So, with this being said, what aspects would you find interesting about a project like this?  What would you want to see on film. I understand that a lot of you are creative types, so i'd love to hear what some of you would have to say.  Sometimes it's difficult to collaborate with one or more people who you haven't worked with a lot, especially when it comes to songwriting and having a preconception of what the song should sounds like once it's finished. So, i think there will be some of that going on, just showing people collaborating, and clashing as well as clicking together etc. But, what else do you think would be interesting or beneficial for the doc?

Anyways, If you have any questions that i can answer to help wrap your head around the documentary or project, please ask them because i'd love to hear feedback from any of you lovely individuals. We're all super busy, so I really appreciate those of you taking to the time to at least read this.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: polkablues on September 18, 2014, 11:40:00 PM
I think the act of collaboration between musicians is a fascinating thing to watch on film. Developing a song in pieces and watching it take shape. It really gives the viewer an emotional investment in the eventual performance. Treat the act of songwriting as a story with an arc, with the finished song as the climax.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on November 13, 2014, 02:39:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF78wKOQyrU
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on August 05, 2015, 04:36:30 PM
Production has finished on the songs for the 1st disc and we're working on mixing/mastering.

Here's a tune that will be recorded with a full band that I wrote with another very talented stl musician.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-UrIfLyTkE
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on January 12, 2017, 06:57:42 PM
Hey y'all. Hope you're doing well. My band put this album out a year ago, it's on itunes and spotify and whatnot, but here's a link to it if you're so inclined. Very proud of some of my songwriting on this record. Cheers.

https://theoldsoulsrevival.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-let-you-in (https://theoldsoulsrevival.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-let-you-in)



Update on the documentary. Should be finished by summer!
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on January 13, 2018, 01:59:40 PM
My band (Old Souls Revival) put out another album. This one is self-titled.

Here is the apple music link - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/old-souls-revival/1329196141 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/old-souls-revival/1329196141)

Spotify link - https://open.spotify.com/album/3NT50PRgZSu0ELn5gZFzYw (https://open.spotify.com/album/3NT50PRgZSu0ELn5gZFzYw)

Last song from the record
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXppVwdc5aI

Hope Y'all are doing well. I've become 99% lurker, but I'm really waiting for Pubrick to come back.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Sleepless on January 14, 2018, 10:19:07 PM
I'll be listening to this all day at work tomorrow. Really love the first two albums, so been looking forward to this.  :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup:  :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on January 17, 2018, 04:32:07 PM
Very nice, the production value is really high.

I think your vocalist would sound much better with more processing though (perhaps to make him sound more distant/reverbish) or he needs to dial back the growling a bit. His close-to-the-mic raw vocal kind of clashes with the rest of your sound.

JB, over the last few years I've sort of learned how to sing! Less growling, and a little more smoothness.

I'll be listening to this all day at work tomorrow. Really love the first two albums, so been looking forward to this.  :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup:  :yabbse-thumbup:

Thanks for listening Sleepless, Hopefully, you enjoyed it!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 17, 2018, 07:25:42 PM
Man, I still cringe that I made that comment not realizing it was you.

And yeah, you sound awesome on the new album!
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Sleepless on February 02, 2018, 08:30:26 AM
Sorry I'm just now responding. Yes, I love it. Although, personally, I miss the raw growling. Favorite track has got to be How Long Can I Go on Like This? Though In Another Life is a close second.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on April 24, 2018, 04:22:33 PM
Some silly green screen fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUXQH7hyZa4
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: polkablues on April 26, 2018, 05:09:59 PM
Very cool video, and I love that song. I get a real Old 97s vibe from it.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on April 28, 2018, 03:55:36 PM
First, I'd like to say thanks to all of you who took the time to watch the vid and listen to my two-minute tune.
 
Also, thank you for your positive feedback.

This may sound inappropriate, but when I get compliments from other artists or from folks who are able to discuss art as well as most of y'all, especially those that I've gained great respect for over the last 13 years, it means much more to me than the average compliment.

I realize this sounds smug and sort of elitist, but I don't mean it that way, I simply mean that artists and those consumed by the arts seem to understand certain aspects about the process and so on. I appreciate all compliments, but I do place them on a spectrum of sorts.

Lastly, I have to give props to James Jackson (https://vimeo.com/jajacks114) for his editing Genius. He basically turned chicken shit into chicken salad. We had shot a tiny desk concert with him using a green screen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72aKs2oMAMU and since we had the green screen set up I thought (after several drinks and joints) "let's just shoot a bunch of random shit in CU using the green screen, while it's set up. Shortly after, we went through the footage together and I began to think, "oh no, we're not going to be able to anything with this hodgepodge," but I was wrong.  ( Wish we'd gotten a better mix of our youtube tiny desk, but we were on a time crunch)

Thanks a lot, Y'all, much love.
Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on May 11, 2018, 10:40:35 AM
New-ish song that I wrote. Got asked to do a little vid for it, and here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKwzkYzDiNs

Title: Re: The Old Souls Revival
Post by: Neil on May 24, 2018, 01:49:29 PM
My last one for a while (I promise)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSAmWIUlglM