Californian soul outfit Thee Sacred Souls release new single and announce debut album for August

In the past few years, the San Diego based Thee Sacred Souls has developed from an insider tip to the next big soul music hope. Co-signs by artists like Alicia Keys, Princess Nokia, Black Pumas and Timbaland speak for themselves. Their new single “Easier Said Than Done” shows the qualities of the band: it is a piece of timeless, authentic soul music that knows about its roots and yet stands with both feet in the here and now. On 26 August, their debut album will finally be released on Daptone/Penrose Records.

The first time is often the best timing for Thee Sacred Souls. So the band’s first club dates led to a record deal with the prestigious Daptone Records label; their first singles were streamed more than ten million times within a year and caught the attention of Billboard, Rolling Stone and KCRW; and their first fans included Gary Clark Jr, The Black Pumas, Princess Nokia and Timbaland.

Now the trio is ready to hit another milestone with the release of their self-titled debut. “Every step along the way has just been so organic,” says drummer Alex Garcia.

“Thee Sacred Souls” is a warm and textured album that mixes the easygoing grace of sweet ’60s soul with the toughness and groove of early ’70s R&B. Drummer and songwriter Alex Garcia and bassist and songwriter Sal Samano, who started the band at the age of 23, focus on analogue rhythms and grooves. While Garcia and Samano drew inspiration from the lowrider scene in Chula Vista and a growing collection of record crates, lead singer and songwriter Josh Lane brought his love of soul titans like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson to the band, honing his voice through classical vocal studies in college and singing arias and Italian operas.

Thee Sacred Souls’ upcoming album was produced by Bosco Mann (also known as Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth).

The band, which tours as a 7-piece with guitar, keyboards and two backup singers, just finished a tour with Belle and Sebastian, toured with St. Paul & The Broken Bones earlier this year and will perform with Cory Henry at Central Park SummerStage on July 20. Before that, they will be headlining Brooklyn Made on 22 June.

Photo: Gustavo Olivares