Strip Mall Heaven
Soul Amp's debut disk 'Strip Mall Heaven' defies any single classification as it slides from indie pop to Americana ballads, open funky improvs to gritty punk and several places in between. The result is trip through rock history with layers of tone and texture laid down with fresh immediacy. This album is for multi-genre music lovers. If you spin vinyl, listen to old R&B, 60's and 70's rock then break out the punk 45's and move on to a little Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, then shift gears to today with Wilco and the Shins, you will not be disappointed with this album. 'Soul Amp takes sonic cues from a diverse array of artists; the influence of everyone from the Grateful Dead and Phish to REM, David Bowie and Ben Folds is detectable throughout the record. What's remarkable about Heaven is the way these desperate sounds are blended into a singular, homogenous presentation...but even at the most somber lyrical moments, the spirited music always manages to convey a somewhat Midwestern keep on truckin' attitude and sense of determination. Occasionally the aesthetic even seeps into the lyrics as well, on stand out tracks such as 'Shove' and 'She Walks On Up Ahead'. Sad stories aside, the music of Soul Amp seems to come to a comforting conclusion about life in America; it's frequently hard, but just as often, it is good.' - John Payne Rick's Cafe, Dec. 2005 '...emotional, direct, unadorned.' - OnMilwaukee.com The disk packaging is a standard jewel case, shrink wrapped with spine label. UPC bar code, 8 page full color booklet insert with lyrics.