An Interview with 'Old Man Soul Club'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Old Man Soul Club are Steve Hanshaw, Songwriter, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Dee Slim on Electric Guitar, Jeremy Nobes on Bass, Jerome Forman on Drums and Cheryl Hanshaw on Piano, Hammond Organ and Keys.
How and where did you get together?
Everyone had been in previous bands together except Jeremy who we found after an internet advertisement to find he lived only 3 streets away from Steve when we met him. We formed after an acoustic jam in a field on a sunny June afternoon 2017 after some demos of Steves were put up as songs to work on and decided it was for us.
What are the band's main influences?
Its a broad spectrum between us all really, we all have very different influences that cross well. Lots of old soul, roots and blues with a keen interest in vintage songwriting styles. a lot of British influence is in there from 50's until present. Our bio on our website reads Old Man Soul Club release the album “Modern Jimmy” on 1st February 2021. 16 tracks combining New Retro, Vintage, British Psychedelia, Rock, Blues, Singer Songwriter, Field Recordings, Experimental, Electronic, Pop-Punk, Psychedelic Funk, Alternative and by no means least Soul to paint the soundscape of the album.
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
We supported O'connell and Love of Alabama 3 at The Con Club, Lewes and played at The Hope Festival (The Musicians Festival) Biggin Hill.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
Steve and Dee have known each other since school days and Steve and Cheryl are married.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
A radio show presenter in Birmingham once said if he formed a band he would want our slogan which is "Alternative Music That's Independently Built" ace..
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
The single Two Into One along with its forthcoming album Modern Jimmy was recorded by ourselves as core live on our portable/mobile set up we use at the rehearsal studio we use (The Music Complex, Deptford, London, UK) then taken back home to post produce, overdub any parts and give a chance to grow naturally. Steve got it to album format then we passed it on to Julian Tardo at Church Road Recording Company in Hove, East Sussex, UK co-production, mix and master.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
Modern Jimmy took on a form of his own but initially the idea was to write an album about a character who had lost his identity and was searching his box of memories trying to rediscover himself. In the process of recording and writing the single and album it became clear that Jimmy was writing his own story, Jimmy was lots of people we knew from past, present and ourselves. I think the songs and aspects of them really transpose well, universally classic.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
Two Into One (Single). A moment when you understand what's in the front of the store is not necessarily what is in the stock room at the back of the shop for sale. (metaphor).
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
The way we had to transfer the songs to Hove for mixing was cool, Julian Tardo and Steve Hanshaw(who have known each other for a number of years) had to work in such a new way for them due to COVID using zoom, bouncing file transfers of various mixes and parts of songs then bouncing it all back together took telepathy and trust to create the overall vibe and sound. The route was 1972 and it worked.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
Alternative Music That's Independently Built.