The New York based-band found its own route to classic rock.
"Me and Chris [St. Hilaire], separately knew within ourselves that we were in it for life." says The London Souls' Tash Neal.
It's been seven years since the band started out playing in the night clubs of New York which they were too young to be in. Saturday, The London Souls play the House of Blues, and they'll head to Europe for their second world tour in the beginning of July, it was a time of reflection of where they had been and where they were heading.
"[You] can't help but be influenced by the music you hear now," Neal started after a small pause. "It's important to stay true to yourself with what you create. Growing up in the '90s, I wasn't a big Beatles fan or of rock 'n' roll." Their music is obviously influenced by classic rock artists including Led Zeppelin and Cream, but The London Souls came to it indirectly. "[Music] affects you when you learn the thread of that and through other people. It all becomes relevant."
Their sound got attention right away when The London Souls released their self-titled debut album in 2011. One song, "I Think I Like It," was used in an Adidas commercial, and the success of the album took them to China. "We were at an outdoor thing in China," Neal says. "We were being rained on. There was a flood and thunderstorms, and people were still rocking out. It was dangerous and we were still rocking out. It makes you feel really good that they can relate to what you're playing. I think that if you have a true experience to yourself, it should relate to people. Good song writing is taking something that relates to you and [then] someone will be able to relate to it."
The London Souls released their sophomore album Here Come the Girls, earlier this month, and even though "Run Zombie Run" is Neal's favorite song off the album, the Beatlesque "When I'm With You," is currently their most popular song on iTunes.
"As musicians we express ourselves through songwriting and playing," he says. "That's a commitment you make for yourself. I knew what I wanted to do, and every show since I was fifteen, it was like hell yeah I'm doing this."