Kick Back and ‘Dig Your Roots’ with Soraia
Kick Back and ‘Dig Your Roots’ with Soraia
Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Here’s some fresh material, mostly of a sturdy, we-will-not-be moved sensibility, ideal for keeping self-isolated spirits up. Leading the charge, Philadelphia rock quartet Soraia with just out new album 'Dig Your Roots' via Steven Van Zandt's label Wicked Cool Records.
Stream 'Dig Your Roots' here: https://orcd.co/digyourroots.
Stream/download the latest single "Superman Is Gone" here: https://orcd.co/supermanisgone.
Soraia epitomizes raw power, unrelenting energy, chaos, and exuberant freedom. With a live show that is frenetic and intensely interactive, the band's chemistry has been created through years of fierce, persistent touring from the dingiest dives to the most massive amphitheaters, along the way amassing a sizable fan base.
Personal growth, rebirth, even revolution – such transformative concepts are the heart of what Soraia is all about. These heady themes inform the songs on Dig Your Roots, the band’s latest album.
“I look at Dig Your Roots as a continuation of what was begun on Dead Reckoning,” says singer and frontwoman ZouZou Mansour of the new album’s relationship to their 2017 Wicked Cool LP. “Dig Your Roots is coming to terms with the light and dark inside myself and in the world, I come from a diverse multicultural and multireligious background – my father was Muslim and Egyptian, and my mother was Belgian and Catholic. I was ‘different,’ and I hid some of my background from people, thinking I wouldn't be accepted. Digging my roots is being proud of who I am, letting it come before me even at times, being proud of where I come from, and asking the listener to do the same.
“Dig Your Roots also refers to loving what grounds you: the people, the lifestyles, the places you live, where you grew up. It’s being willing to dig up your roots and re-plant if where you are no longer keeps you free – metaphorically, of course. Inherently, I want this to be the message of the record: if you're down, get up.”
As a spiritual descendent of iconic women in rock such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett, ZouZou’s band also embodies elements of kindred spirits of the ’90s and beyond, like PJ Harvey and The Kills, with more than a sprinkling of ’60s Garage Rock and Soul. Their primal sonic attack spreads a message of perseverance through trials of love, loss and letting go.
Bassist Travis Smith is a crucial root of the Soraia tree, co-writing five of the album’s new songs with ZouZou, including “Superman Is Gone” and “Wild Woman.” Travis delved into places on this album that we didn't go to on the last record.That's scary. But he did it, which ultimately made me do it, too. It's like, ‘Hold my hand, we're going into this dark cave, and who knows what's going to happen…”
Roots finds drummer Brianna Sig with her first Soraia co-write, the enchanting “Don’t HaveYou.”“Her melody for the choruses reminded me of how The Sirens would lure sailors in Greek mythology It was haunting and beautiful – and if Soraia isn't both of those things, then I don't know what we're doing here.”
The band faced an unexpected challenge when guitarist Mike Reisman, who co-wrote four Dig tracks, including 2019 single “Evergreen,” left the group. “Mike can’t tour for longer periods of time anymore. It hurts. He still works with us and we still connect. But you grow closer with who remains, and grow yourself. Going forward, Nick Seditious is handling guitar duties.”
Label head Van Zandt has even become a creative collaborator, penning “Why” for Dead Reckoning and co-writing two Roots tunes: 2019 Coolest Song “Still I Rise” and forthcoming single “Darkness (Is My Only Candle).“I trust him more than anyone in knowing what I'm trying to say and who I am.”
“I'm all about playing a fun song and throwing myself around, that's Rock ’n’ Roll at its heart. But I'm also about telling the stories of resurrection and life and hope and darkness.”
Soraia On Tour
*Friday, March 20th @ Milkboy Philadelphia (East Coast Dig Your Roots Record Release Show)
Saturday, March 21st @ The Record Collector // Bordentown, NJ
Wednesday, March 25th @ Melody Inn // Indianapolis, IN
Friday, March 27th @ The Hub // Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, March 28th @ Route 33 Rhythm and Brews // Wapakoneta, OH
Tuesday, March 31st @ Barter Detroit // Hamtramck, MI
Wednesday, April 1st @ Milwaukee, WI @ Landmark Lanes
Friday, April 3rd @ Liar's Club // Chicago, IL.
Stay safe. Love each other. But not in groups larger than 10.