San Diego-based Thee Sacred Souls have unveiled a new single sharing the sublime and ecstatic “Love Is The Way,” as well as tour plans that’ll bring them to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 29, for a Dia de los Muertos celebration. You will also be able to catch them at The Observatory on Thursday, Dec. 8 and 18, as well as for two nights at Garibaldina Hall on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. The new song comes on the heels of their self-titled debut album which arrived just this year, an R&B-honeyed collection of songs filled with the band’s dulcet soul. For “Love Is The Way,” Thee Sacred Souls find room to ruminate on the beloved muse of many a soul crooner: love itself.
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“Love Is The Way” explores the most elusive and confusing of human emotions via growing up, starting at the beginning with those childhood, playground crushes. “When I was ten, I thought love was holding hands,” lead singer Josh Lane croons. “I hit sixteen, thought it was kissing underneath the tree.” Although innocently portrayed, Thee Sacred Souls make it a point to reveal that love is not so much our actions that impart affection or ownership, but rather the emotions and intentions behind them.
It’s a constant thread of feeling that endures and weathers any storm: “Love has no limits and it has no name, it has no gender and it has no creed,” Lane promises against the alluring glow of lush instrumentation. And it’s not just relegated to romantic love either. As Lane’s vocals effuse radiance and Thee Sacred Souls’ backing vocals mirror that beauty back in answer, he reminds us: “Love is a way of being.”
Like the very melodies that stream from the song, bathed in golden soul and a deepening allure, the band makes the intangible readily felt. This is perhaps the central goal of any musician — especially those so steeped in R&B and soul. And Thee Sacred Souls (founded by Sal Samano and Alex Garcia, who afterward discovered Lane) have themselves emerged in recent years as harbingers of such heartfelt magic. After finishing up “Love Is The Way,” take a stroll through the blossoming melodies on their self-titled debut to discover the veritable reincarnation of the retro R&B artists your parents or grandparents used to play that first began your infatuation with such music.
See Thee Sacred Souls at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 29, and at The Observatory on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 18, as well as for two nights at Garibaldina Hall on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10.
Thee Sacred Souls will also perform a full concert on Bandcamp on Oct. 27 at 10 PM (ET) / 7 PM (PT).
Thee Sacred Souls tour
Oct-27 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Oct-29 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov-1 – Brussels, BE – AB Club
Nov-2 – Massy, FR – Les Primeurs
Nov-3 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Nov-5 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolhuistuin
Nov-6 – Hamburg, DE – Knust
Nov-7 – Berlin, DE – Frannz
Nov-9 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Nov-14 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
Nov-16 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Nov-17 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Dec-8 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Dec-9 – Los Angeles, CA – Garibaldina Hall
Dec-10 – Los Angeles, CA – Garibaldina Hall
Dec-15 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Dec-17 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Dec-18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Words by Steven Ward
Listen to “Love Is The Way” the new single from Thee Sacred Souls below!