Los Angeles hard rockers Mirror of Souls invited us to join them on a “journey of self-exploration and introspection” and we were delighted when we duly accepted.
The trio of Rob James (guitar and vocals), Tim Spier (drums and vocals) and Rich Buckland (bass) first appeared on the scene with debut album Quantum Arrival last January, then released a cover version of Elton John’s Rocket Man last year. But there’s plenty more to get excited about following the release of Rise, the first single from second album Rising, in November.
They’re a band that specialise in diversity, rolling out everything from dynamic, hard-hitting rock to plenty of harmonies and a series of acoustic-based tunes. While the engagement levels of the band are increased by their lyrics being inspired by powerful, insightful quotes around the human condition.
Rise kicks off with light guitars under the vocals “Can you tell me your hero, would I know their name?” Palm-muted guitars kick in then drawn-out guitars support more lively vocals that end with the line “As I imagine all the moments of my life” then feed into a big singalong chorus.
A second chorus gives way to a big guitar solo then funky descending guitars take over and drop into a final chorus. Check out this hugely enjoyable track below:
And, if you’re interested, here’s a deep explanation of what inspired the track:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Mirror of Souls?
MoS: “We formed to deliver a diverse collection of rock songs ranging from full out, hard-hitting rockers to acoustic-based tunes. While the music touches a broad spectrum of rock, you can always expect big guitars, big drums and plenty of harmonies. The lyrics of the songs are inspired by powerful and insightful quotes regarding the human condition. Mirror Of Souls invites you to join a rock and roll journey of self-exploration and introspection.”
GR: You sent us Rise from your debut album. What should people be expecting from it?
MoS: “Rise was inspired by the quote: ‘The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it’ by Moliere. It explores the journey of setting audacious goals and overcoming the struggles to achieve them. It is high energy and ultimately has a positive message of rising up to the challenges we face.”
GR: Which musicians are/have been your biggest influences?
MoS: “Key influences are Foo Fighters, Van Halen, Tenacious D and Led Zeppelin.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
MoS: “Rise is the first single from an album called Rising, which will be released one song at time throughout 2020 into 2021. The theme is based on overcoming massive odds which mirrors what we are going through as a band but applies to most complex goals in life.
“The second single in the Rising album series will drop Feb 1 and will be called Find Tomorrow. We release a Lyric Video, Song Explanation Video and How to play on Guitar video for every song on our YouTube channel.
“We plan on playing several shows in 2020 with the Kyle Gass Band to support the Rising singles as they are released throughout 2020.