First off, Happy (very much belated) New Year to you all!
We are hard at work prepping for some shows coming up for 2013! We will have our first show March 9th, and we’ll be adding shows as they come up so keep watching our gig calendar to see where and when we’ll be playing next!
In the meantime, we have just joined the wide, wild, world of twitter! So if you want to see us act silly when we should be working, follow us @SoapyMusic. We’d be extra happy if you did.
Sorry we’ve been incognito for a minute, but we’ve been working very hard to give you the best in soap goodness. We’ll be using this space to show you how hard real soon. But some quick announcements, We’ll be doing a short set for the City Market Art Association on October 12th and we’ll be a part of the Coastal Empire Fair on Nov. 2nd. More info as well as anymore added dates will be posted on our upcoming gigs thingy on the right.
Tuesday, August 5th, Soap was invited to play Kavanaugh Square in Ardsley Park, Savannah, to lend its good vibrations to Ardsley’s National Neighborhood Night Out.
We were surprised to be joined by Congressman John Barrow – who rode a bicycle to the event – and the Savannah Police Chief, Michael Berkow. This was their first-ever Soap show, if you can believe that.
If you’re like me, then you probably didn’t know that National Neighborhood Night Out is a crime prevention initiative with the following objectives:
* Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
* Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
* Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
* Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Pusherman was definitely out of the question for this gig!
Jim Reed, Music Editor for Connect Savannah, wrote a brief and perspicacious story about Soap in last week’s Noteworthy section:
Operating quite under the radar for a few years now, this quirky, funky, indie-rock band (featuring Rigel Crockett, Antar Ellis, Joachim Kelly, Eric Curl and Louis Clausi) has become something of a familiar sight at house parties, public events in the Starland District and charity functions.
Having recently added a veteran lead guitarist (Jake Brown), they’re now stepping out and testing the waters of the club scene. This gig may prove their highest-profile booking to date. Their sets are roughly equal parts angular, exuberant originals and a grab-bag of recognizable —if seemingly unrelated— covers by artists like Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Al Green, Donovan, Ween and Michael Jackson. Listen & Learn: thisissoap.com. Fri., 11 pm, Locos (downtown) – 21+ only.
Mr. Matthew Dabuary Adams founded the band, Soap, at his apartment on Habersham Street in Savannah, Georgia in 2004. A highly creative and brilliant individual, Matthew formed the band to help him work out his new drum kit and possibly realize his rock star ambitions.
Matthew left the band in 2006 to pursue a PHD in history at universities in Poland and Denmark. A doctor of history now, Matthew lives in the Ukraine with his lovely new wife, Inna, and his even newer twin boy and girl. How about that?
We salute you, Dabuary! Thank you bringing Soap into the world.
This is a fabulous example of co-singer Joachim Kelly’s through-the-looking-glass imagination. Here, a chopstick wielding, be-insected drummer, Louis Clausi cocoons hyper-weird caricatures of the band. And, no, we don’t play the Guitar Bar every Friday.
Artwork by Joachim Kelly.
Just in case you think we’re all high-energy dance music, this photo shows our smoother side. Here we perform a garden party. The best moment of this gig was an all-members a cappella ending to Rivers of Babylon, which rang out over the neighborhood like church bells.
Soap had the honor of warming up the guests of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy’s 30th Anniversary at the Hellenic Center. Continue reading