Fugitive Soul Whips Up A Perfect Storm of Heavy, Dirty Rock and Roll
Southern and stoner rock fans rejoice, as a new record has hit the digital streets that surges with some serious raw power. Fugitive Soul, out of Statesboro, Georgia, released their new four-track EP, Perception, earlier this month, and its sound is akin to a dark storm approaching from the horizon - one filled with the promise of a dangerous and exciting time. This is only the band’s first release during the year and a half they have been together, yet it’s a powerful one. “We’ve gone through a few names, and members, and changed our sound a bit”, Fugitive Soul says of the album, “but we like the direction we’re moving in now”.
“Come Clean” has to be the most brutal track on the album, its phased and noisy intro a precursor to the heavy thrash riffs that follow, all building toward a chorus that completely rips, dropping into a deep and resounding thunderclap. Others like “Poison” and “Blue Beam” are rife with a mix of punk and hard rock, while “Archon” has a smoother sound to it before it dives right back into solo-blasting and rock stance-inducing riffs. “Blue Beam” and “Archon” also feature guest singer Katie Elizabeth, who adds a bit of softness to the album, and is especially a highlight on “Archon”, adding a sweet harmonization to Daniel Pierson’s powerful vocals.
The overall production quality on this record is very slick, and for a “dirty rock’n’roll” record, has a clean, distinct tone throughout. It’s a job well done for engineers Brock Bowen (recording), and Donny Collins (mixing).
You can listen to Perception now on Spotify and Bandcamp, and you can grab a copy from the band when they perform live October 12th in North Augusta’s own Highlander, or in Atlanta at Smith’s Olde Bar on November 3rd.