This week we caught up with alternative duo ‘Old Man Soul Club’ about their newest release ‘Keeper of Yesterday’, their musical journey so far, how pandemic times have affected their creative process and their future plans.
They instantly reminded me of Brit Pop Legends ‘Blur’ on first listen but with their own unique imprint of bluesy guitars, gritty soundscapes and raw, authentic song-writing.
Keep reading below to find out more about this dynamic duo.
YMX: Hey Old Man Soul Club, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
Old Man Soul Club: Hello we’re Old Man Soul Club, we’ve been putting music out since 2017. The idea initially was to write the type of songs we’d like to hear ourselves that perhaps don’t get written too much these days maybe. “Alternative Music That’s Independently Built” is our slogan.
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
Old Man Soul Club: I was 15 really when I went “Thats It, give me that guitar over here, I’ve got so many songs in my head that no ones heard, I better get to work and learn how to make them a reality” and they keep coming thankfully. But I’d been in love music for as long as I can remember. I had a thought the other about it and I remember when I was around 5 or 6 seeing how happy it made the family and was shared, the sad songs seemed to help lift spirits too, it was communal and I wanted very much to be a person that helped make people happy or feel as connected as I’d felt or the people I knew felt when the music had resonated with them. When I finally completed one that I thought stood up on its own I was away, no holding back, the gate was open to the explore the room
YMX: You recently released new Single ‘Keeper of Yesterday’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
Old Man Soul Club: Our new single “Keeper Of Yesterday” came about over the new year, the kids were doing some interpretive dance in the house and I jammed along to their movements, all unintentional and just playing about with the kids. Luckily I was recording it on my phone as I do sometimes when jamming at home on the acoustic, some the best ideas I’ve had came about while the “Tape” was just running. That take became the spine of the single and I built around that at the home studio. The studio we rehearse at is still closed due to all the restrictions in England and financial difficulties brought on by not being able to trade so I did most of the track on my own. Dee Slim sent over a Slide Guitar take for the song while we worked remotely that you hear on the single, recorded on a mobile too, I pinned that up to the track added Bass, Drums and Piano and straight into the Xylophone solo, lol.
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the Single?
Old Man Soul Club: I want people to take what they will from the tune, its cryptic enough. For me Keeper Of Yesterday is all about wonder, how old moments meet new moments in time and give us a sense of fascination, something to explore without just “Google”. Open up the minds eye and don’t stop asking questions about how you honestly feel.
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
Old Man Soul Club: Ah don’t, I did get on with a lot of work to be fair but it was all a bit sticky shall we say, I had to change the way I worked and working remotely is far from easy because the missing element is the human connection. You can’t vibe so easy with it being restrictive and complicated, it is possible though, anything can be if think about it enough but you can’t beat the instant nature of making music together in the same room.
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
Old Man Soul Club: Me and Dee (Lead Guitar) have started writing as a team recently for our new album so i’m happy to team up and share that responsibility of raising the kids (songs). Dee makes me think in other ways about how I play, think, feel which is great as it gives me another room to play in and gets me out of past images of what could be musically when he holds up the mirror to it. To be honest the confidence is there wether I’m alone or in a team, for me music is a sharing thing anyway so it would be pointless doing it if it hurt your self confidence, reflective yeah, so comfortable just making making music until the music is saying “YES” back wether ready for release or the early stages of writing. A pinch of confidence in the pot goes along way in the affirmations.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
Old Man Soul Club: We haven’t played live for a while unfortunately, but it was supporting O’Connell and Love (Alabama 3) a couple of years ago now. we were gearing up to promote our album “Modern Jimmy” when the shit hit the fan in the world so we never got to play the album live which is something I’ll have to learn to live with now. I did a Facebook live thing over “one” of the lockdowns in England and it was ok but same thing really, without an audience it’s a bit bollocks, but when your hungry you’ll eat anything. I do understand you have to roll with what you got sometimes, there is room for everything, people in different countries get to go the gig and you can interact with the whole wide world…virtually. I watched my friends band (Julian Tardo) of “Insides” do a live show from a Church in Brighton on YouTube early in the new year, they sounded great and it looked great but its the same issue on all that kind of thing you can’t beat being there in person for the human connection of the audience. So I’d like to do a live stream, with an audience in the room, for the rest of the world to see if they can’t make it to the gig, lol.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
Old Man Soul Club: Well a couple more singles are in the pipeline for this year while we get together a more rural sound, back to basics, grease the wheels and axel, let nature do it’s thing with our gentle persuasion and record collections as coachman for the journey. All the best. Steve Hanshaw – Old Man Soul Club
Thanks for talking to us Steve. We look forward to hearing the new Singles.
Listen to Keeper of Yesterday by Old Man Soul Club here: