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Tonight!! Be in Soraia’s music video at Bowery Electric in NYC!

9 Jun
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Soraia will be shooting their new music video at their Bowery Electric show tonight in NYC!

Tonight! Wicked Cool Records presents The Woggles at Bowery Electric with Palmyra Delran, Soraia and Tuff Sunshine. We are so stoked for this show because Soraia announced they will be shooting their new music video for “Quicksand” the new single off of their upcoming album Dead Reckoning which lead singer ZouZou Mansour told us about exclusively on our podcast! Listen again below. Tickets are $15 at the door and online here. Start your weekend right with this epic rock show! Doors are at 7PM, get there on time and get your screen time in the new Soraia music video.

 

 

 

xx Cher

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LeBrock of Rock Interviews: Soraia!

2 Jun
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Cher Dunn interviews rock goddess ZouZou Mansour of Soraia about their upcoming album due out this Fall! Be the first to hear the title of the new album by listening to the podcast below!

For this Mylifeinsound Radio podcast with the LeBrock of Rock Cher Dunn, we sat down with rock goddess ZouZou Mansour to talk about her band Soraia and their upcoming record due out this Fall on Wicked Cool Records! Be the first to hear the name of their new album and what makes this band not like everybody else.

Be a part of Soraia’s new music video by rocking out at their show with The Woggles next Friday in NYC! Tickets are available now here!

Music mentioned in this podcast for further learning/listening:
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
The Beatles – White Album
Queen- Mustapha
Queen- Liar
Soraia – Less Than Zero
The Clash
The Pixies
Blondie
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017
Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder
The Who
Keith Moon
Jimi Hendrix
Chuck Berry
Patti Smith
Lou Reed
Jeff Buckley- Mojo Pin Live At Sin-e, Lilac Wine
Nina Simone -Lilac Wine
Elvis
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her, Shame
Nirvana
Dave Matthews Band
Peter Gabriel
The White Stripes
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
Linda Perry
Little Steven Van Zandt
Iggy Pop

 

xx Cher

Sultry, Smokey, Sex: Return Of A Voice And The End Of A Tour- Soraia Tour Diary # 5

8 Apr

We’ve been following the tour of Soraia, one of our favorite bands through front-woman and badass megbabe ZouZou Mansour. Life on the road got a little bumpy with an upper-respiratory infection ZouZou battled over the whole tour but you can’t stop rock or this band. Tonight is their last stop on their tour at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston, Massachusetts. So if you’re in Boston, make sure to see this epic band live, especially now that ZouZou’s voice is back with a vengeance.

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I have to tell you, it’s a HUGE THRILL for this singer to be playing a venue I’ve seen some of my favorite acts in. WFMU’s Monty Hall is just that.

Two years ago, I saw The Detroit Cobras in the (then new) Monty Hall–a venue located directly underneath the infamous radio station WFMU-FM, playing some of the best rock n’ roll in the country and beyond.
I went to see a band I thought I just liked, and fell in love. What was — and is — special about Monty Hall to me is that it’s an intimate enough venue that you get to see people be themselves, and that was my experience when I saw The Detroit Cobras there back in 2015. They just talked through their set list. Got annoyed at the soundman and each other, and rocked the F*&^ out of all of us. I think we get so busy putting our favorite artists on pedestals, that we forget they’re human beings, too. They run the gamut of emotions, just like all of us, and why some of them have become my heroes is that they are utterly, unabashedly, raw: they are themselves. They don’t put on pretense, and that’s what I got to witness thanks to venues like Monty Hall.
AMAZING SHOW. AMAZING VENUE. AMAZING NIGHT.
The sound was killer, and my voice was at its best of tour since the first few dates. I was languid, smoky sex. Very few settings put me into that place with such ease. Monty Hall: thank you. And of course, my fucking amazing band.
Next night we played Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, NY. I found out Uncle Sam is buried up the street. There you go.
We got there and my voice felt and worked so good, I just wanted to play forever.  The band and me — we hit a stride together. Everyone was fire. So good.
Next  up is our last tour stop: Boston, Massachusetts tonight.
I have to say, I’m sad tour’s ending, especially since I know I finally have my voice at full throttle after that horrid upper respiratory infection. One thing I learned from it is how much my voice and this music and this band means to me. What a gift to get to understand on a soul level what you really need in life.
Last tour blog coming in a few days! Thanks for following along on my journey…..
xx ZouZou
 

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Soraia Tour Diary: End of Week 2- Chicago, Dayton and D.C.

6 Apr

Tour Diary: End of Week 2: Chicago, Dayton, and D.C.

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Well into week two of tour now, I’m feeling more in control of my voice thanks to some help with getting some rest on Saturday, and also learning how to manage the swelling. I’m feeling way better than I did, though Saturday was a wake-up call since I’ve been hanging on to this infection for a few weeks now. Learning how to sing with a sick voice isn’t ideal, but it’s a reality I have to accept and learn to manage for a successful tour. One of the things I’ve learned from this tour- and there’s always a lot to learn each time.
So here we are, Saturday night in Chicago, and I know a good friend and music blogger who hasn’t seen the band in a long time is coming to the show. I’m excited, but also a little worried about how I’ll perform. Still, I can’t wait to play. I live for it. I have to tell you, it’s a super painful thing in every way–emotionally, physically, and mentally–to not be able to do what your absolutely love when the opportunity is there.
I won’t forget to be grateful for the voice I have, in all its wounds and all its glory. I didn’t know how much it meant to me–how much I value it– until this tour. Honestly, I didn’t.
So we go to Township on Saturday night. Great show, I fell off the stage (I do this more often than I’d like to admit–or generally just fall), but I know I put it all out there that night.  Only thing is: the band and I were separate because the best sound was in front of the actual monitors. That being the case, I stood out in front of the band–which made me feel a little separate, but was necessary.
Still, I put it all into it, and my friends kill it always. In a burst of emotion and frustration, I spoke to the small audience that was there: “I got the best band in the world. I love them.” It was how I really felt, and I’d wanted to say it for a long time. It felt good to finally let it out.
Great show, a little bit of a struggle again for me, so when the guys said they were going for a “Metal Burger” after, I joined them. Now, I don’t normally eat like this. I don’t. But that night–I needed a god damn good burger. So off went to “Kuma’s Corner” in Chicago: The “…Bar and burger joint with a heavy metal attitude….”
Best damn burger I’ve ever had, and all metal music. And their fries are to die for. No lie.
Sunday, we headed to Dayton, OH to play Blind Bob’s Bar, another familiar place since last tour, and a great place to play on a Sunday definitely. Amazing energy from the crowd, and a show I much needed, being the last few days were such a struggle. Really needed that gig–and we played some Hangman to lighten the load before set time.
Seriously, enough people were so acknowledging after the show. Dude, for real, that makes a show for me. When people come up after to personally tell you how affected they were, or how much they loved the show–man–it makes it all so worthwhile for me. Nothing beats that for me ever. So Dayton=win win.
Monday was a travel day off for getting to DC. It was super long ride, but great conversation and always fun with my band. We were staying with our guitarist Mike’s mom in DC, and we’ve been here ever since. Great show in DC at Slash Run Tuesday night. And we had a photographer from The Washington Post out, as well as meeting Brendan from Fugazi who now — I believe — is a serious Soraia fan. He loved it! And –of course — he loved our drummer, Brianna Sig, too. Always so great to see my band getting the attention I know they both deserve, and have earned so hardcore. They’re a tough bunch of characters in their spirit. So glorious. So rare. So precious and valuable. I can’t say enough about these ones.
Anyway, the DC show was immense–so another great show and so fun, and surrounded by people who care about us.
 
With all this said, I still have to admit it’s been tough having the thing foremost on my mind being vocal health. But it is what it is–and it’s getting easier to deal with and accept. And I know it’s only this tour, and I know it’s not forever, but sometimes your brain focuses more on what’s wrong than on what’s right…and that downright sucks.
Next stop are our last three shows, starting in one of my favorite places ever to see a show (I saw The Detroit Cobras there last about a year ago), and I’m super honored to be making our Soraia debut at WFMU’s Monty Hall.
Can’t wait to tell you about it in our next entry….
Signing off and both excited and sad about these last three dates of tour—talk to you guys again soon!
xx ZouZou
PS–While in Washington DC, we stopped at The Zoo before our DC show Tuesday night. Here’s some pics below from our trip. Just so you know—we have a thing for llamas, snakes, octopus, and pandas. Along with every other creature on the face of the earth….

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Soraia on the Road – Breakfast Pizza & killer shows

4 Apr

We’ve been following Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou on the road with one of our favorite bands Soraia and she is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. 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! The band plays in D.C. tonight and Baltimore tomorrow, don’t miss the rest of these epic shows!

 

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Just a quicker update from the road….

Unfortunately, my being sick got worse when it was time to play Cincinnati, so we had to cancel the show. What a beating. Waiting all this time to finally get out on the road and play your music to people, and to cancel shows is–it sucks.
By Wednesday’s Wapakoneta show, I was back to feeling like the mad ass killer I’m used to, and the show was AMAZING. Voice was stellar, band was on fire, and everyone loved it.
We stayed and had breakfast pizza (they always make us breakfast pizza at Route 33) and headed back.
Muncie, IN and Chicago, IL were both great shows, too.
To bring us up to date real quick, the last show we did was last night in Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s Bar, which I adore that place. We have some good friends that come there, and it’s just a laid back crowd, and a good show, especially for a Sunday night.
One of the best shows of tour so far. And we needed that. Everyone felt good, and the crowd was into it–always a great feeling.
We have the day off for travel. and I’ll try and get more daily updates to you guys this last week of tour. Sorry I couldn’t update a little more last week. We hit the road today for our next show in DC at Slash Run tomorrow night.
It’s been a struggle being sick and having it affect the shows, but I’ve come to accept it is what is is, and that’s usually how it’s supposed to be. Whether I understand why or not. And I’m ok with that today. I love the unknown X factor of living music, and the surprises that come with it—this one—notsomuch….>:)
Catch you guys in a few days….
xx ZouZou
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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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