Nearly 18 months since making its much talked-about live premiere, the Soft Love is ready to share its debut EP "All of It Part 1" at 8 p.m. June 4 at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.).
The super-group of sorts comprised of Bryan Hyrek (The Thermidors), Jeremy Franklin (Son of the Son, Kurt & the Loders), Joe Stocker (Son of the Sun) and Matt Samulski (Fairweathers) formed out a desire of dust off the old instruments and return to Buffalo stages after each member's former acts called it quits.
"I had spent a year texting Bryan trying to get together and work on some new tunes to no avail," explained Stocker. "I wanted to play drums after a little musical hiatus. Turns out he wasn’t playing hard to get. I just had the wrong phone number."
Citing acts like genre innovators the Stooges, T. Rex and David Bowie to modern torchbearers like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Arctic Moneys and Queens of the Stone Age, the "classic rock and roll" sound ("the kind that is impossible to make you not wanna get up and move," Stocker stressed), remains the root of the Soft Love's debut record, one that the quartet took its time with.
The group spent nearly a year in and out of the QCR studios with go-to producer Jay Zubricky and enlisting Paul Besch of Quiet Country Audio to put the finishing touches on the five-track EP.
"Its great having people who make great work, have good ears and are easy to work with," he says of the recording process. "Getting to call them friends is the bigger bonus."
The drummer hopes that "All of It Part 1" can fit in nicely with the recent surge of rock that the city's music scene has been recently re-embracing.
"It seems that its getting back to having some rock and roll, which I think was absent for a while," he said. "There has been a few bands that popped up like the Naturalists, the Slums and Sixties Future who had somewhat of the same reference points.
"When I started playing in bars/clubs when I was a teen in the late 1990s, it was definitely a live music vibe. I am not knocking other genres or DJs as entertainment, but the balance of bars having live music and DJs spinning tunes was a little more even back then."
The rock revival showcase will include grunge trio the Naturalists and retro psych-rockers Deadwolf, both on tap to provide support at the release show. The $6 door cover includes an opportunity to win two tickets to Ommegang Brewery's Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival. Further details can be found here.