The Soorleys are definitely what I would call a unique band. With seven official members listed on their website: four sisters + two husbands and one honorary cousin, you can imagine what a familial force these guys are on stage!
The Soorleys are pretty girls who play pretty music – what more could you ask for? Perhaps a less sexist subheading, but whatever.
I had the privilege of seeing The Soorleys in concert when they were supporting New Empire at the Factory Theatre. It was the first time I had ever seen so much folky boot-stomping vitality and childlike happiness in live performance and I must say that it spread like a virus amongst the crowd.
The enthusiastic and outgoing were swept up in a storm of movement half between dancing and flailing, and even the shyest introvert couldn’t stop making minute toe taps and clapping along.
The Soorleys describe themselves as being a “tousled bohemian outfit” which in my opinion, is a very apt description. The music is folky pop with influences like Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons.
The feeling you get when listening to them is warm and nostalgic, something familiar and homemade. Rumble the first song on the EP to have a music video on Youtube is super catchy with it’s fun choruses and steady and danceable beat.
The rest of the five track EP carries that familial and nostalgic mood which is sweet and reassuring in a world where the organic and rustic is no longer commonplace, a deliberate signature of the band.
Their self-titled debut EP has been in circulation on my playlists and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I see a bright future for these guys, and by that I don’t mean world music chart domination, but a band who will hopefully punch out a couple more quality EPs or even a full album; and who will continue to thrive on their optimism and love for the craft of making music.
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