Los Angeles band Soul Scratch truly do live up to their name. The six-piece band lays down thick funky grooves and the kind of retro soul sounds being done by East Coast labels like Daptone. Vocalist Dale Spollett is a powerhouse, bringing to mind peers like St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ Paul Janeway and legends like Syl Johnson. The musicians in the band are no slouches either, and they’ll often rip into down and dirty instrumentals strictly meant to get you dancing.
On January 13th Soul Scratch will release their new LP Pushing Fire on Colemine Records, the label that is home to other funkalicious acts like Orgone and Monophonics. Today we are delighted to offer up an exclusive sneak preview of Pushing Fire right here on Glide. The album kicks off with the brassy burst of “Pacified” and keeps the funky grooves on high until the final organ-soaked notes of the appropriately named closer “Thank You”. This is as much a party record as it is a preaching record, and as we embark on a future that’s anything but certain, we desperately need both of those things.
Vocalist and lyricist Dale Spollett offers up his own thoughts on Pushing Fire:
“We’re incredibly excited to share this album with the world, and to be doing it with Terry and Bob [Cole] from Colemine Records has been amazing. From the beginning of the process we were lucky enough to have people like Sergio Rios (Orgone) at Killion Sound and Stephen Kaye at Sun King Studios involved, and they really helped make the album special. We wanted to make an album about togetherness and spreading love all over the world, but also make something gritty that makes you smile and move your feet. I think we did that with this album and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone. “
Soul Scratch release Pushing Fire on Colemine Records on January 13th. Check out them out online and pre-order limited vinyl, CD and digital: https://www.coleminerecords.
Photo: Elko Photography