Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal create a combination of soul, funk and R&B that's, in a word, electric. The group's blend of honest lyrics and sometimes in-your-face delivery is next displayed on Running from Love, their new album produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) out today, April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records.
Running from Love, the band's third full-length album, features Hoyer's trademark vocals and his top-notch band. Funky, groove-laden tracks like "Searchers" and "Soul Mechanic" are juxtaposed by soulful ballads like "Parts of A Man" and "Evening Train," each taking listeners on a journey through the struggle to find contentment, the desire to change the world in front us for the better and the universal need for more love.
"We are constantly writing our future history. We believe that it's our work, ideas, drive and conviction that will continue to show that love is the only path to righteousness," Hoyer said. "This album is representative of that; if there's any hope for humanity, you gotta know that my heart lies in yours and your heart lies in me."
Recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium, the project began after producer Ken Coomer heard about the band's live show - a high-energy display of musicianship with one goal each night, to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles. Inspired by Stax, Motown, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the six-piece continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era.
The hard-working band completed several national tours in 2015, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states, including opening for R&B legends George Clinton/Funkadelic and Booker T Jones. During small breaks from relentless touring, Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal also released a live album, Cooked Raw, in November on limited edition vinyl.
Cooked Raw caught the attention of Glide, Elmore and Mix magazines, among others. No Depression said, "If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove."
Running From Love is set for release on April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records, and will be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
The band will support the release of the new album with a tour through the Midwest and Southern markets, including Omaha, Denver, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, St Louis, Indianapolis and Nashville, among others.
Learn more: www.joshhoyer.com