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“Running Away” is an original written by Thee Sacred Souls and was recorded at Daptone Riverside Studio in California by producer Gabe Roth. The 45 single – with “Love Comes Easy as the B-side” – will be released on 7 April.

The San Diego-based soul band is also embarking on their first proper summer festival season as a touring band with a programme to be seen and heard: Bonnaroo (17 June) and Lollapalooza (5 August), plus gigs with Portugal. The Man in Red Rocks (23 July) and Radio City Music Hall (27 July). Between April and November, they’ll tour the US, UK and Europe, playing some of their biggest stages yet. At SXSW last week, Thee Sacred Souls made a number of high-profile appearances, including at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, and in January they sold out the 1,800-capacity Brooklyn Steel in New York City.

They’ve also just released a live EP and 20-minute concert video on AudioTree, featuring clips from their debut.

Thee Sacred Souls were formed by Sal Samano and Alex Garcia when they were just 23 years old. They were inspired by everything from the seminal East LA band Thee Midniters to Italian library music. They met lead singer Josh Lane on Instagram, who was studying classical singing at the time. The band recorded with Gabe Roth of Daptone just three days after Roth saw one of their first gigs of 2019. Their all-analogue yet distinctly modern debut intertwines echoes of Chicano, Philly, Chicago, Detroit and even Panama Soul.

German tour dates:

15 Apr Cologne • Luxor

17 Apr Frankfurt • Zoom

18 Apr Munich • Ampere

19 Apr Berlin • Hole 44