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Soraia Tour Diary: Days 4 & 5

29 Mar

For the next couple weeks one of our favorite bands Soraia is touring the East Coast and Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. Read her entries below, and stay tuned for everything Soraia and what it’s like to be a badass rock singer (with an upper-respitory infection) as the tour progresses.

Soraia by Mark Weiss

Tour Diary Day 4 & 5
Reinvigorated from the night before’s amazing show, yet still super sick, I did all I could with my voice to make sure that night’s show would be even better than the night before.
We all felt so good going in, and I just wanted to make sure my voice was where it needed to be. It definitely suffered a hit after night #2, being’s I was not recovered from my sinus infection physically yet, and knowing I had pushed it a little hard the night before.
Still, another killer night for us on tour. It’s rare you get a few nights in a row so good like that–and my voice was stellar. Still, being sick takes its toll….
After the show, I knew my voice wasn’t doing too good. Tired, still sick, and emotional from all these things since the beginning of tour a few days earlier, I knew to get back and rest right away so the rest of the dates are ok. So I did. Still….
Next morning I woke up sicker, and with barely a voice. I worked most of the day to get it back so I could perform that night. I didn’t know if it would work. I tried everything: warming up, speaking exercises, verbal rest, pineapple, hot tea, etc By about 5 pm, it was barely back, and the show was at 9. I was worried.
Still, I didn’t want to cancel the show, and I didn’t really think I had to. After all, it was the first time I’d been sick on tour in a long time, and it sure was the first time my voice was that beat up. How bad would it be? Probably fine. I’d get through.
Right as soon as I hit the first note of “Love Like Voodoo”, I knew. I was not going to get through the set without losing my voice.
So I did what I could, made all the changes I knew how to make vocally while singing, but by song 7, it was done. I didn’t want to damage or lose my voice for the rest of this tour, so I ended the set and ran to the car to warm down. What a let down. I felt terrible. I cried while I was doing my speaking exercises, just so worried about my voice, and feeling like I let people down. I was disappointed, but moreso, I was scared, and I felt alone. What a terrible feeling. I couldn’t talk to anyone, resting the voice when it’s that wounded is vital for it to heal. Especially in time for our show in Cincinnati, which is tomorrow night……
xx ZouZou
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Soraia Tour Diary: Day 3

29 Mar

 

For the next couple weeks one of our favorite bands Soraia is touring the East Coast and Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. Check it out below and stay tuned for everything Soraia and what it’s like to be a badass rock singer (with an upper-respitory infection) as the tour progresses.

Soraia by Mark Weiss
I have to start my first entry by saying that I haven’t been this sick leaving for any Soraia tour EVER. So I started out Thursday morning feeling run over by a cement truck: with an upper respiratory infection from Hell. As a singer: a little terrifying. Slightly. I knew I had a voice, I just didn’t know how it’d work. So there we begin our trek to our first show of tour in Dover, NH.
We got to the club and met up with Kurt Baker Combo, who came from Spain to do their US tour with us around their release. Great guys all around, and no problems there. Easy enough. Pretty quickly, the club filled up, which is always super inspiring.
When it was our turn to play, I was anxious about my voice–but MAAAAAAN. I couldn’t wait any longer. It’s my favorite part of all parts of music. ABSOLUTELY.
The show was KILLER. A few songs in and I knew I had the voice wailing like I know I can! FREEDOM. What a great show, and what a great way to start out tour.
The next night was a big show for us, because we knew a ton of people were coming, including a good friend who found our music through Little Steven’s ‘Underground Garage‘ (who – by the way – also is hosting our tour along with Wicked Cool Records), David Fricke. David is a senior writer at Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as the host of his own show on SIriusXM’s The Spectrum, called ‘The Writer’s Block‘. Definitely check it out. So good.
Anyway, we knew he was coming,  having wanted to see the band for a while now, and we knew our label and distributors would be there, along with what was sure to be a packed house. Newly on tour, this was an important night for us: we could feel it.
And it was. We played to a packed house.
We hit the stage and F-I-R-E. SWEET FIRE. I felt like a thoroughbred horse breaking stride right out of the gate. YES I DID.  Halfway through our set, I remember growling “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” to a group of guys in the front row, who screamed it right back at me. The exchange was intense. They maybe had no idea, but they were giving way more back to me than I was giving them. Fucking beautiful. One of the most invigorating nights of the past year. The crowd’s energy was THERE. The night was incredible.
Picture one of those nights straight out of 70’s CBGBs, or at least what I feel it would’ve felt like. All my heroes in one room – even if they weren’t physically there –  a massive thrust of virgin energy. It was that good. I was awake and new. Nothing can stop me.
And so, off to Philly for Tour Stop #3….
xx ZouZou
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Philly show NOT to be missed: Beach Slang + Minus The Bear at Union Transfer Saturday night!!!

24 Mar

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Philly is poppin’ off tomorrow night!! So many great rock bands are coming through our blessed town including a sold-out Minus The Bear show with Beach Slang tomorrow night at Union Transfer! Beach Slang are bringing their gritty, anthemic new tunes from their second album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings released last year to the UT stage. Beach Slang will definitely get your body moving before Minus The Bear take the stage so make sure you are there on time to get your spot on the dance floor at this epic, sold-out show. The show starts promptly at 8PM, and doors open at 7:30PM if you want to try to get that coveted front row spot. Either way, don’t miss this epic show featuring Bayonne, Beach Slang and Minus The Bear!

 

 

 

 

xx Cher

Soraia tour + Tour Diary: Playing Milkboy in Philly TOMORROW!!!

24 Mar

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ZouZou the badass band-leading babe in Soraia (and our best friend) has started her tour with Kurt Baker Combo and will start a tour diary through us to give you the inside scoop of life on the road of rock. The tour, sponsored by Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Wicked Cool Records, stops in Philly tomorrow night to electrify your Saturday night at Milkboy, one of our favorite venues. Don’t miss this epic rock show in the band’s hometown! Tickets are $10 here and $12 at the door. The show starts at 8PM so make sure you are there on time to check out the opening bands…you do not want to miss this lineup!

 

xx Cher

Philly Show NOT to be missed: Allah-Las, The Babe Rainbow, and Roya at Union Transfer TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!

21 Mar

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Need some sunshine-riddled grooves to get you through your week? Me too. Lucky for us Allah-Las, The Babe Rainbow, and ROYA are coming into town tomorrow night to light up all of our lives with the freshest, grooviest tunes since 1969. The show is at one of the best Philadelphia music venues, Union Transfer and starts at 8:30PM with doors opening at 7:30PM. Tickets are $18 here and $20 at the door (day of show).

L.A.-based Allah-Las are touring in support of their third album Calico Review released last year. The album’s perfect mix of mesmerizing guitars, vocal harmonies, whispered, story-telling lyrics, and upbeat, addictive, retro-pop tracks will have you floating on a cloud to another dimension… and that’s just on record. Just wait until you see these brilliant tracks performed live!  All three bands of babes will have you dancing to tunes your reformed-hippy Dad’s vinyl collection would be proud of.

Listen to all three bands below, get your tickets here, and see you on the dance floor tomorrow night at Union Transfer!

 

xx Cher

#SXSW show NOT to be missed: BBC Radio 1 Presents at Latitude 30 TONIGHT!!!!!!

14 Mar

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I’ve been coming to Austin for the past 6 years for SXSW and tonight’s show is always the real kick off to the music festival for me. The BBCR1 showcase hosted by Huw Stephens brings some of the best up and coming artists from the U.K. to Austin for one epic night of music at Latitude 30. The venue, known during SXSW as “The British Music Embassy” hosts music from the U.K. all week and kicks off tonight with Dream Wife, SWEAT, Let’s Eat Grandma, DaveSam Gellaitry and Slaves. The show starts at 8PM and you must have a badge or wristband to get in. Make sure you’re at Latitude 30 tonight at 8PM and let’s get sweaty together on the dance floor.

xx Cher

Philly show NOT to be missed: UK’s finest SLAVES play Milkboy TONIGHT!!!!

10 Mar
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SLAVES head to Milkboy tonight to rock you into next week. Don’t miss this epic show!

 

U.K. Punk duo SLAVES are one of my favorite bands on record and off, putting on one of the best live shows you will ever see. They’re a band you will never get tired of seeing live, bringing so much raw energy and intensity to delivering their songs to a sweaty, body-thrashing crowd-because let’s face it, there’s no other reaction to their music. After releasing their new album Take Control Slaves are heading to Milkboy tonight, Boston tomorrow playing at Great Scott, and Rough Trade in NYC on Sunday before headlining a very sick lineup at Huw Stephen’s party via BBC Radio 1 Presents at Latitude 30 at 1AM on March 14th at SXSW. You don’t want to miss seeing Slaves perform this epic new album live.

 

Tickets to tonight’s show at Milkboy are $17 and available here or at the door while tickets last. The show kicks off at 8:30PM with Lion in the Mane as support, so make sure you get their on time to see both bands!

 

xx Cher

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