(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case party rockers Brett Hellings and Elias Reidy of The Soul Shakers) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Who are your influences?
Brett & Elias:
AC/DC, Aerosmith, Smokey Robinson, Stones , Black Crowes, INXS, The Beatles, Otis Redding, James Brown, Free, Led Zeppelin , Stone Temple Pilots, CCR, The Temptions
Stella or Guinness? Why?
Stella, because I’m Belgian and “Street Car” is a great film
Guinness.. I’m Irish and it beats the hell out of water
Where do your song names come from?
B & E – Our livers. Jk. Our bond and our connection through past and new relationships. The state of the music industry and our lives. Also, that shining moment of creativity when we feel like we’re exactly where we need to be: Sometimes it may just be a one-liner kind of joke or a play on words that strikes a chord. The songs and the titles pretty much write themselves once the idea is there, whether it’s about a girl’s tattoo or too much booze.
There’s a good chance you will look back and be embarrassed by your current hairstyle. Discuss.
B- Never. I don’t do much to it but it always seems to be in style.
E- It grows and I let it.
What are some of the unwritten rules of tours?
B- The driver is DJ.
E- On the bus? ..same as a well grown mullet – business in the front, party in the back.
If you had a time machine what would you do with it?
B- see a Stones show in 1976… also go back in time and hang out with Jim Morrison
E- join my own band before I died and play bass. Kidding, in all seriousness I’d dig going back to London 1964 during the Mod/Rocker movement.
Name two people cooler than Evel Kneivel. Why?
B- Marc Bolan cause he makes me shake my stuff everytime T Rex comes on
Abe Lincoln. Because sticking up for what you believe in means everything.
E – Johnny Thunders and Michael Jackson. Enough said.
How often do you work on your music?
B & E – Always and never. We don’t try to try. Music is a happening. It’s something you can’t control. All you can do is keep the door of inspiration open.
How long could you live without money?
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with? Dead or alive
B- hmmmm this is a hard one. Justin from The Darkness cause that would be the most entertaining badminton match ever. And Robert Plant w/ lots of sangria
E- Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, so I can get smoked properly.
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
B- “It’s long way to the Top” – ACDC cause it’s my life.
E – “In My Life” (The Beatles) Listen to the lyrics. The first truly introspective song ever written about places you’ve been, people you’ve known, and the things you’ve done. True reflection set to the perfect arrangement and tone of music.
What master musicians would you like to study with?
B- Robert Plant.. cause I can’t figure out how u can be that real and have true feel vocally at the same time. He’s someone I’ve always wanted to know the secrets about and his gift of living in the moment of the music… Yeah, along with Jagger, Tyler, and Morrison.
E- Miles Dav
is and Jimi Hendrix..when they were talking about working together. It almost happened, and I would kill to even be a fly on the wall for those sessions. True Bebop/Jazz meets Blues/Rocknroll, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
About The Soul Shakers:
When Elias Paul Reidy (formerly of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Brett Hellings formed The Soul Shakers after a chance meeting outside of a club on the Sunset Strip, they had one single goal in mind – to bring good ole-fashioned, ass-shaking rock ‘n’ roll back into the forefront.
After two years of writing in Los Angeles and then a move to Nashville, Hellings and Reidy were ready to lay down the tracks for their forthcoming full length LP. The two flew to Philadelphia to record at Soundmine Recording Studios with producer Dan Malsch (Motionless in White, Tantric, Framing Hanley), featuring Chuck Treece from Bad Brains on drums. The result is a culmination of the diverse liv
es they’ve led and experiences they’ve had along the way.
The Soul Shakers are one of those bands that seemingly have come out of nowhere. In an age, w
here the lines of music are blurred and everything is automatically defined by genre/sub-genre, comparison or cornered into a media-contrived box, make no mistake – The Souls Shakers personify what true Rock ‘N’ Roll is. Their repertoire and live shows are guaranteed to shake your very soul and strike a nerve, regardless of your musical tastes.
The band chose the track “Here To Have A Good Time” as their debut video, which was shot in and about their old Los Angeles stomping grounds with director Shane Drake (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Taylor Swift, Panic! At the Disco).