Old Town Souls

Old Town Souls - 2018

Kent’s Old Town Souls return with their third EP '2018'. Band leader Iverson, relentlessly plays around Kent solo or with his band and nationwide with a Who covers band.

This work ethic, without the riches that rock music once offered, seems to be informing band leader Kevin Iverson’s song writing. There is an ache, a nagging tension throughout.  ‘My Only Narcotic’ sees Iverson blowing of steam to his wife. The loneliness of life on the road and, a life that hasn’t given him the break his talent yearns for (yet).

With a QOTSA riff pulsating away, Iverson reflects on might yet be and the principles in which to get there. The anguish he gets over on the line ‘easily distracted to a heart that’s been neglected’ is a stomach turner. It’s no wonder he is questioning selling his soul.

On ‘Silence’, Iverson has saved the best till last. It’s Shane Meadows style in a rock-cum-soul form. At times, it’s a gritty romance with the love interest emerging from a cloud of cigarette smoke. In true Meadows glory though, it’s coupled with the monotonous of everyday life.

Comfortably the best of the three EPs from Old Town Souls so far. Musically, the hall marks of the other two remain but, there is a feeling that, in a bleak personal period, Iverson has soul searched and come out victorious.

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The Kent four piece have returned with a new self-titled EP. Check out our track by track review:

Why Don’t You Hold Me

The EP opener sees some melancholic jingle jangle combine with a bombastic Faces swagger. It screams Oasis comeback single from the noughties a la ‘Lyla’, ‘Hindu Times’, ‘Shock of the Lightning’.

If you’re going to write about desperate relationship, you better sound like you mean it and, in Kevin Iverson, Old Town Souls have a vocal growl to do just that. At the mid-point, a big echoing riff acts as the protagonists last attempt to hold everything together before the effortless jingle-jangle drifts away along with the relationship.

In This life

There has been a lot psyche music of late, but few acts manage to insert guts and glory into their efforts. The rolling riff on ‘In This Life’ hints at a haziness, much like Oasis circa ‘To Be Where There’s Life’ and ‘The Turning’.

Without going full tilt on the trippy aspects allows their soul and Dr Feelgood side to come through. It gives everything a sense of adrenaline and need to breakout of their surroundings which music folk from the suburbs have so often adored.  

Gluing everything together on this murky Oasis circa are, what can only be described as kick ass drums.

Figure It Out

A gritty, tale of city life where confusion and despondency reign supreme. Anyone familiar with Iverson’s former band Dogs, will recognise their Orwellian spirit taking a starring role here. Yes, everything is shit, but it’s all we have so we’re going to run with it.

As ‘Figure It Out’ grows, so does an undeniable sense of victory. It refuses to let the bastards grind them down and, in the closing moments, the togetherness doesn’t just rise, it swarms all over you, demanding a two finger salute to anyone trying to supress your dreams.

Now You’re Not Around

At points, this track will lead you to the edge but sadly, doesn’t really take off. It just doesn’t have that solo, or killer riff exploding into life to keep you coming back.

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Kevin Iverson formerly of Springtide Calvary and Dogs is now fronting a new band Old Town Souls. The Kent based band have released their new self-titled EP via Bandcamp.

It opens with ‘Crawl’, a cross between the pub rock of Dr Feelgood and the driving riffs of Queens of the Stone Age. There is much to admire about this breezy rock affair, not least keyboard solo.

This opener sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s good and in parts promising but there is a sense it could have been better considering band leader Iverson’s fine pedigree with Springtide Calvary and Dogs.

For example, ‘Guiding Light’ for the most part is a solid rock number and enjoyable to boot. However, the Curtis Mayfield-esque breakdown mid way through is terrific. The clash between the smooth soul sound and their instincts for classic British rock feels like something which could achieved great results.

There can be no real complaints with his mini-album. Its a solid rock effort and at times, has some real flair. To say those moments leave an air of 'what might have been' is too pessimistic for an EP. If this develops into an album however, one hopes they combine the more diverse moments with their fine ability to make British rock music.

The EP is availble to download here: