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Revolution

by DRUNKSOULS

DRUNKSOULS are back with a REVOLUTION, a 16 titles LP offering a new trip in the original musical world of the band/ A Reggae crossover experience...( Rock, Reggae, Funk, Pop, Electro...) Don't watch TV, listen to..DRUNKSOULS!!
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. DRIFTER SONG DRUNKSOULS
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2. HUMAN RACE DRUNKSOULS
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3. J'AI FAIT UN REVE DRUNKSOULS
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4. LUST DRUNKSOULS
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5. AFRICA DRUNKSOULS
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6. L'AMOUR DIETETIQUE DRUNKSOULS
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7. SULLIVAN STORY DRUNKSOULS
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8. HAPPY DEATH DAY DRUNKSOULS
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9. SUPERMARKET DRUNKSOULS
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10. SEPARATION DRUNKSOULS
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11. ALWAYS DRUNKSOULS
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12. STUDIUM W BIELI DRUNKSOULS
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13. THE FALL DRUNKSOULS
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14. REVOLUTION DRUNKSOULS
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15. THE END DRUNKSOULS
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16. UNIFORM DRUNKSOULS
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Punk spirit , Rock culture, Reggae sound...Don't watch TV, listen to DRUNKSOULS REVOLUTION, the only Revolution with no collateral damages...Enjoy a reggae cross over experience...


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Rock is Rock

Revolutionnary but funny
Who said the revolution had no sense of humour? A band recently sent my way, DRUNKSOULS, a rock/pop/reggae hybrid from France (sounds strange already, doesn’t it?), recently released their new album “Revolution”, and this thing is all over the map. It demands and rages, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. The excellent hip hop act Dead Prez called themselves “Revolutionary but Gangster”. If that’s the case then DRUNKSOULS are “Revolutionary but Funny”.

These guys aren’t afraid to get weird – their expression is free, whether they’re talking about politics, war, boredom or sex; it’s all in there and it’s all expressed with the same kind of honesty and abandon. I can really respect that. They’ve been making waves in Europe and with their music being featured in some very buzzed-about films (“I Believe I Can Fly” has pulled in over 5 million views for it’s trailer – can’t get better exposure than that for the band).

DRUNKSOULS is one of the few bands I’ve heard who sound directly inspired by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and it’s this influence that is most audible on feisty tracks like album highlight and title track “Revolution”, a track that finds vocalist Djamil Ramdane proclaiming “No more speeches. It’s time for revolution”. It could both rile people up and get played on the radio, which is a scary combination that most politically charged artists never achieve. “More time! More power! More sex! More freedom!” the gang vocals proclaim.

The thing about this release that’s so interesting is it’s willingness to invoke complete chaos on one hand and engage the pop machine on the other – it’s a real life transmission without a filter, unlike artists like Anti-Flag or Rage Against the Machine, who are all politics all the time. “Drifter Song” could very well be the soundtrack of most people’s lives, a lament to the lazy soul. Why make money? Why get out of bed? Why contribute to society or listen to your opinion? “Because I’m not in the mood.” Catchy funk pop.

Other top notch tracks include “Human Race”, a reggae/rock track that stayed in my head for a few days since listening to the release. “Hard to find out my way
I got to find my place in this human race
For money, sex and drugs and fame”

It’s infectious. ”The End”, with it’s dark electronica/reggae infused sounds, this is another revolutionary sounding track, sombre and affecting. “Watch out! The end of the world is coming!” “Uniform” is a rock closer, and war is the topic here – ending the release on a passionate note.

I’ve always been a fan of political and “revolutionary” music, but there’s even more power to the work if it’s done with originality and ART – like Refused achieved with “The Shape of Punk To Come”, my personal favourite politically charged album. DRUNKSOULS are intriguing on multiple levels and I highly suggest them to anyone looking for some wild, new music that may surprise you. Fans of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, The International Noise Conspiracy, Refused, and Damian Marley should get into “Revolution”. Take a preview for yourself below – DRUNKSOULS have their full album streaming at Soundcloud.

5 out of 5

Sergeant Sparrow Records

Sergeant Sparrow Revolution Review
Drunk souls are an indie rock reggae band from Marselle, France, though their members are from many locations and cultures. When I heard the first song on their album, Drifter Song, I thought “here’s another reggae spinoff band.” I was quite judgmental, but I kept listening and the album turned into something else that was very interesting. They are more of a Gorillaz or Manu Chao type band with strange effects and whisper talk imbedded in the tracks. They even have a full horn section, which being a trumpet player, I am obviously excited about. “Human Race” is one of my favorites on the album featuring said horn section. Much like one of my favorites Manu Chao they sing in both English and French and by the third song, J’ai Fait un Reve, the album takes a sudden and amazing turn. This band is diverse both in sound and song writing and I think I will be listening for a long time to come.

Jamsphere.com Review

What Crossover Music Is All About
DRUNKSOULS are back with “Revolution”, a 16 track album offering of rock, reggae, electro, funk and pop. Building on the success of their debut, the band continues on the path of poppy hooks and political/emotional lyrics with tracks like “Human Race”, “The Fall” and “Revolution”.

The album kicks off with a steamy bass driven, reggae influenced dance track, entitled “Drifter Song”. Lead singer DjaM digs in with a laid back lead vocal scattered over funky falsetto chorus lines. This is a handclapping and footstomping floor burner.

The tracks “Human Race”, J’ai Fait Un Reve” and “Lust” breeze by elegantly before you encounter “Africa”.

A track where Pierre Pesin on trumpet and Romain Morello on trombone blow some mean horn phrases, while DjaM’s bitter beseeching vocals, drag you straight into the heart of an african village. Your emotions will struggle to remain immune to this atmospheric gem.

Song after song, I convince myself that DjaM’s voice has an uncanny effect, similar to that of Roland Gift, lead singer of the famous 80′s band, the Fine Young Cannibals.

A voice that cries out desperately in the midst of joy. A voice that flaunts two opposing emotions in one single word. A rare trait.

“L’amour Dietetique” takes us straight into “Sullivan Story”, where the DRUNKSOULS detour faintly into the realms of Beat music, a fusion of rock and roll, doo-wop, skiffle, R&B and soul, made famous during the ’60′s in the United Kingdom.

“Happy Death Day” displays another delectable style mutation. A slow melancholy marching chant, featuring hypnotic keyboard playing by Jean Marc Layani. Very reminiscent of early Genesis with the eccentric brilliance of Peter Gabriel

“Supermarket” is another dance hall track, while “Separation” falls back into the classic 3/4 reggae beat. On both these tracks bassist Adrien Coulomb takes the lion’s share with some delightful picking.

On “Always” and “Studium w Bieli”, guitarist JU begins to unleash his soulful six-string.

“The Fall” is both melodic and radio-ready reggae, that falls somewhere between Manu Chao and classic UB40.

The title track “Revolution” is probably the most progressive arrangement on the album. A modern aggressive guitar-based rocker, that uncovers the harder side of the DRUNKSOULS. Drummer Julien Heurtel carries this one on his shoulders, with some solid stick-work.

Ironically “The End” is not the end, but leads to “Uniform” the final song on this 16 track album.

So much like the rest of the album, “Uniform” is filled with varied mood and tempo changes.

The DRUNKSOULS hardcore appeal, is obviously geared towards their reggae roots, but the band’s honest and charming musical arrangements, are contagious.

A solid rhythm section, boosted by scathing brass sounds, a soulful singer and some really powerful song themes, will convince many fans of other genres to admire this band’s craftmenship.

The DRUNKSOULS are what crossover World Music is all about.

Indie Music Promotions

Indie Music Digest Review
Marseille France based Reggae-Rock band Drunk Souls release their second effort entitled Revolution in2011. Band memners include DJaM (lead vocal), JU (lead guitar), Pierre Pesin (trumpet), Julien Heurtel (drums), Adrien Coulomb (bass), Jean Marc Layani (keyboards) and Romain Morello (Trombone).

The CD kicks things off with “Drifter Song” a catchy intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first piece delivers hooky groove, coupled with pulsating rhythm, against catchy vocals and psychedelic musical flair. Track 2 entitled “Human Race” serves up a steady horn driven vibe against pulsating melody and exotic vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing and infectious. Track 3 “J’ai fait un reve” dishes out a surfer rock guitar ambience against pulsating keyboard and synthesizer accents, with vocal layers of sound that come at you from every directions. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of The Gorillaz, Oingo Boing, and even Mountain and UB40. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of Euro musical variety and a degree of unpredictability. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere – from rocking reggae guitar, impressive solo guitars, driving rhythms, Ska Horns, piano, percussive accents, synthesizers, keyboard accents, and well placed vocal harmonies and layering. The vocal abilities of DjaM fill the sonic space quite well and mesh well with this catalogue of music perfectly. All band members play their parts extremely well song for song and note for note. Musical sampling, rhythms and beats are effective and well placed. The sonic overdubbing and mixing is packed to the hilt and chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There’s not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the sonic ambience is infectious and the music is entertaining and just fun to listen to. From upbeat “Lust” and “Africa” and to passionate “Happy Death Day” to rocking “Sullivan Story”, “Always” and “Supermarket” to dynamic “L’amour dietique” and grooving “Separation” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Uniform” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

It’s fair to say the think French tongue and accent will take a toll on most Western listeners. I also notice no barcode on the back of the CD. This indicates retail non-compatibility. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the aforementioned issues affect the CD’s overall marketability. If the Drunk Souls are serious about penetrating the American Market I recommend releasing 2 CD's simultaneously. One in their native tongue for European fans, and another in English for American fans.

Indie Music Digest Review

From start to finish Revolution by Drunk Souls by “Drunk Souls” is a rock solid production. It’s extremely consistent, catchy, original, and very melodic. It’s strength – a total blast to listen to, the songs are extremely catchy and infectious and with 16 songs the catalog comes fully loaded. All songs grab you refusing to let go. All in all Drunk Souls combine amazing songwriting, top flight originality, with a mix with rich sonic layering. Make no bones about it these are some very talented composers and performer from Frances. When the ride is over you will want to do it all over again.