Countdown to Tropical Heatwave 2012: The London Souls

CL spotlights our top 10 favorite Heatwave acts in the 10 weeks leading up to the WMNF fest (w/ audio & video).

The modern power trio's sound is inspired by late '60s/early '70s classic Brit Invasion rock with its mix of heavy metal, hard blues, funk-fused psychedelia, and roots rock. Lots of hip-shaking grooves, cocky riffage, and strong lead vocals and harmonies by core members Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilaire, the deeper growl and saucy soulful howl of guitarist Neal a nice counterpoint to drummer St. Hilaire's husky drawling croon. The band recently saw the exit of bassist Kiyoshi Matsuyama and officially introduced a new bass player into the mix, Stu Mahan this March.

I've seen the trio a few times and have enjoyed each performance thoroughly. Can't wait to check out the current lineup.

Check out the video for "The Sound" below by Coodie and Chike at Creative Control.

The video for "Old Country Road" below.

And a live, professionally-recorded performance of "Honey" below...

TROPICAL HEATWAVE DETAILS: Sat., May 12, 4:30-1 a.m., Centennial Park, Collage Ybor, Crowbar, New World Brewery, The Bricks, Orpheum, The Cuban Club, The Ritz, The Roosevelt 2.0, El Pasaje Plaza, Ybor City, $30 adults advance/$40 at the door ($12 youths ages 12-20, available by phone or in-person only). Click here to buy online or call 813-238-8001, and stay tuned for further picks from CL ...

Local community-funded radio station WMNF brings a mass of local, national and regional talent to Ybor City every year for a multi-venue genre-crossing music fest, Tropical Heatwave. We're counting down the weeks leading up to the 31st annual event — set to occur on Saturday, May 12, and encompassing 13 stages and more than 60 performers — by featuring our top 10 favorite acts, the ones you can count on to bring the fire to this year's Heatwave. Check out the first five picks here.

We've featured Brooklyn-based London Souls a few times since the release of their self-titled 2011 debut, and they are most deserving of a spot on the must-see list as they have the unique distinction of being an unsigned band who got the chance to record their first album at Abbey Road Studios, and with superstar producer Ethan Johns, no less.

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