Soulkid #1, highlighted this month in the BMI Podcast series, and their “Americanized” sound prove to be the melting pot of musical styles.
With all the makings of a true Hollywood story (Guns, Drugs and Legal hassles), SOULKID #1 was formed around Canadian Singer/Songwriter Marc Godrey in 2001. The bands’ demos created an immediate buzz within the Industry and after only playing 7 shows and meetings with Warner and Interscope they signed with Dreamworks Records. Unfortunately the deal with Dreamworks would end up unraveling due to creative differences. The band eventually walked with their album just before the label was sold off to Interscope and Michael Goldstone (Soulkid #1’s A&R man) moved to Sire. Despite the setback, SOULKID #1 managed to spend a lot of the labels money on a very solid debut. “AMERICANIZED” is 12 song release boasting production by industry A - listers, Michael Patterson(Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Nic Jodoin (Lisa Marie Presley), Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn), Josh Abraham (Limp Biskit), Dave Norland and Dallas Austin (Everybody from T.L.C. to Outcast). Brian “Big Bass” Gardiner(Dr. Dre, Eminem) ended up taking mastering duties. The album is currently available from the band’s fledgling independent imprint - SECRET AGENT RECORDS.
“AMERICANIZED” is a cross over album that draws on different genres. New Rock, 60’s Mod/Psychedelica laced with West Coast R & B and Soul. Lyrically it is well written and Bowie-esque(Think Young American to Berlin era) full of subterranean undertones and songs about, um… Guns, Drugs and Legal hassles. The tongue in cheek pop anthem “(More Bounce In) California” has been bubbling under the radar for the past year after being featured on the soundtracks for Legally Blonde 2 and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton. The song has also been on ESPN, MTV’s Laguna Beach and the hit series the O.C. SOULKID#1 have also recently finished a video for “Until It’s Gone…” directed by the ultra hip production team the YARD BOYS. They also appear on the Ben Sherman sampler in keeping with the fashion conscious mod image the band draws on. (They played a couple dates opening for “Modfather” Paul Weller, who played them the ultimate compliment when he contacted his booking agency to see if he could replace his East Coast opener with SOULKID #1, because - “...they got the right fackin’ idea”).
The current line up is Marc Godfrey(Lead Vocals/Guitar), Donal Finn(Bass), Alexis Dufresne(Guitar) and Ryan Yerdon(Drums) Leslie Alehandro and Penelope Fortier(Backup Vocals).