THE SACRED SOULS - CAN I CALL YOU ROSE Vinyl 7"
It is our distinct pleasure to present Penrose, a new imprint poised to usher in a whole new era of soulful sounds. Founded by Daptone Records' own Bosco Mann after building a new recording studio in his hometown of Riverside, California, Penrose will showcase the most exciting acts emerging on the blossoming SoCal souldies scene today.
For its inaugural release, the label offers up five singles by five exciting new
artists: Thee Sacred Souls from San Diego; Jason Joshua from Miami; East L.A.
mainstays Thee Sinseers, and The Altons; and Altadena veterans, Los Yesterdays.
Inspired by the souldies around which they were reared, Alex Garcia and Sal Samano found chemistry when they began cutting bedroom demos of rhythm tracks together in 2019. Multi-instrumentals both, Alex migrated from the guitar to the drums where he discovered the sensitive touch and unique feel that would be the pillowy pulse of the bands sound, while Sal learned to carve winding bass lines through the deep spidery grooves of their vamps. Though the jams they created together were scintillating, it wasn’t until they connected with vocalist Josh Lane that the real sound of Thee Sacred Souls came into focus. Josh had recently relocated to San D. from Sacramento where he had studied singing, honing his voice into a weightless vehicle that could carry the Smokey-esque lyrics and Marvin-ous melodies he had bubbling within him. The connection was electric, Josh’s mellifluous poetry floating weightlessly atop Alex and Sal’s rhythms, and Thee Sacred Souls were born.
Their debut is backed by “Weak for Your Love,” a cold-blooded cruiser with a haunting refrain, and a likely contender for that last-call spin before the lights coe on. Nothing left after this one but hitting the dusty.