Soul Messengers perform at Beaches Hotel Thirroul
Soul revivalists Soul Messengers are following up their 2015 release ‘Dirty Soul’ with a new album in 2017. As with their debut album ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Dirty Soul’ has garnered great reviews and nationwide radio play, whilst reaching #12 on the Australian Blues and Roots chart and number one on the national ReverbNation R&B/soul charts.
Previously known Chich and The Soul Messengers, the Sydney based bluesy-soul revivalists recorded the 2015 mini album over Valentine’s weekend at Leichhardt’s Linear Studios. ‘Dirty Soul’, like Chich’s debut ‘I’m Alive’ was recorded live. Recalling the halcyon days of classic soul, the band cracked out multiple takes of the tracks and then picked those with the best ‘vibe’. This is how Chich’s influences, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway et al recorded and Chich and The Soul Messengers want to herald a return to imperfect, beautiful soul music.
Chich and The Soul Messengers are Chich (vocals, guitar) Simon Morel (guitar), Hadi Ansell (bass) and Dave Kirby (drums). They love to play live and are intent on spreading their soul manifesto. With a great rhythm section and happening lead guitarist behind him, Chich feels free to let go and enjoy the moment, freeing his gutsy, soul drenched voice to float between grooving rock ‘n’ soul to sweet sultry ballads.
Before the band took its current form, songwriter Chich played overseas in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Croatia. During his tour, he also recorded an EP ‘Konacno’ under the name Richi in Zagreb, Croatia with Dusko Mandic and Drazen Zanko, bringing his version of soul/blues back to his roots. He’d previously recorded an EP ‘So Called Wisdom’, with his band Green Room. It was his first recording, and wasn’t long after graduating from AIM (Australian Institute of Music) with a diploma of Music.