WH – How did All Souls come together as a band?
Erik – Antonio and I had been talking about playing some music together for years but we were always busy, we were both tour managing bands and touring with our own bands and there was never time. I moved to Austin, TX for a few years and when I moved back we just got the ball rolling. We played around with some ideas on acoustics and Meg and Tornay liked them so we started to discuss what we all wanted to do. We had some dinners/meetings and then jammed on some ideas and that was it, All Souls was a reality.
WH – Can you tells us how you guys came up with the name All Souls?
Erik – We sat down before ever playing a note and came up with a concise idea of how we wanted to approach this band. We were interested in our content having deep meaning and being inclusive and the words All Souls fit that idea.
WH – You have been playing with some amazing bands recently, who has been the most fun to watch?
Erik – For me it’s been The Jesus Lizard. Each guy is a force of nature on their own and when you combine the precise instrumental machine with Mr Yow, it’s truly amazing.
WH – What are you most looking forward to about hitting the Bay Area?
Erik – The shows! I grew up in Moss Beach, CA and used to surf Pleasure Point and Capitola a bunch in high school so it’ll be pretty cool to visit those areas again.
WH – How did you link up with Marc and Doors To No Where and any chance you all will play more shows together down the line?
Erik – We connected with Marc via our drum player Tony Tornay, Fatso Jetson has played a million shows, I think they met through the band. We’re definitely hoping to come back to Santa Cruz or Capitola soon and it’d be great to play with Doors To No Where again.
WH – Does your live set consist of songs from the album only?
Erik – We play most of the first record live but there are some new songs in there too.
WH – Will those new songs in the set make the next album?
Erik – Absolutely, we have been playing one of the new ones since the Melvins tour but we might sprinkle in a few others on this west coast trip.
WH – Speaking of the album, it’s absolutely brilliant, did you know right away you guys had something special?
Erik – Thanks, stoked you like it! We definitely had some goose bumps when we listened to it, we all had our own favorite moments but for me Time Bomb has always stood out. I like the interlude part a bunch and I love the outro bass/guitar harmony with the slide solo.
WH – The production on the album sounds so freaking good. Who did you work with and at what studio?
Erik – Thanks, we were specific about the structures and effects and Toshi Kasai has killer input. Toshi is well known for being an amazing producer/engineer and giver of rad ideas. He’s also a great musician and has been a friend for many years. That kind of a relationship makes it very easy to create. His studio is called Sound of Sirens
WH – Everything I’ve heard from All Souls has killer tones. I’m talking studio and live. Can you tell us a little about how you approach your tones?
Erik – That’s really cool of you to mention because the tones are pretty different. The record was mostly done with a 1976 Sunn Model-T and live I use an Orange Crush Pro 120 but I’ll be using the Orange in the studio next time. My main focus is to use any tools (effects, pick, e-bow, chicken pickin/fingerstyle, harmonics, volume, etc.) to do something textural and complimentary to the song but sometimes a direct approach is best.
WH – How do you guys approach writing songs?
Erik – That’s a secret!
WH – Who are some of you biggest influences on guitar?
Erik – Dang, there are many amazing payers out there but for me it started with East Bay Ray and moved onto Johnny Marr, Tony Iommi, Robert Smith, David Gilmour, Chet Atkins, Robin Guthrie, Brian May, Billy Gibbons, Marc Bolan, Duane Denison, Daniel Ash, Poison Ivy, Prince etc.
WH – You guys have been touring a lot recently, what does Erik and All Souls listen to in the van?
Erik – We usually listen to Howard Stern on the longer drives but I totally love this show called Knif Files on Mixcloud, it’s rock & roll and obscure music from the 60’s. I also play tons of Boards of Canada and kraut rock.
WH – What’s next for All Souls?
Erik – After we finish these dates with The Jesus Lizard we’re going to get into the studio as soon as possible. We have been able to write some killer songs between the Melvins and Jesus Lizard tours and we wanna get them on tape and into your ears ASAP!
I would like to thank Erik for taking the time to do this for us at WormHound. All Souls is an amazing band with an amazing debut record. You can see Wormhound’s review here. I can not wait to see these guys live and for their future releases. They have this magic about them that makes them sound so familiar and its all the feels while still being fresh and unique.