On Friday evening, hundreds of Halifax music enthusiasts crammed themselves into the Seahorse Tavern to take in the stylings of Soho Ghetto. This 7-piece, Halifax-based collective of musicians put on quite the show as they released their new EP Humble Beginnings Make for A Good Night Life.
Now before I get into the meat – first things first – let’s take care of the introductions. Soho Ghetto is comprised of:
Marc Antoine Robertson -Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Brian MacKay – Synth & Vocals
Matthew Gibbon – Harmonica & Vocals
Rachel Sunter – Piano & Vocals
Peter Smith – Bass
Alex Meade – Electric Guitar
Shawn Burke – Drums
Secondly, I’d like to take a moment and point out how much I enjoy the album art. Who did this artwork? Was it someone in the band? Do the 7 animals represent the 7 members of the band? I don’t know… but I intend to find out.
Ok, NOW let’s get into the music. Its exact genre almost defies definition. To pseudo-quote Donnie and Marie, it’s a little bit country/it’s a little bit rock, but could probably best be described as indie-folk. Most of the tunes inspire toe-tapping, head-bobbing and beer drinking (try out “Anchor Tattoo” or “Honorable Mention”) but there are also a few lyrical anthems in the mix (“Arrows & Vines” or “How Will I Find Your Body in the Dark”) that are sure to be pleasing to most musical palates, even if you haven’t heard the songs before. If you’re a fan of Mumford and Sons or the Avett Brothers, you’ll find something in here that you like. But why just read about it, when the fine folks at Epiphany Productions have actually posted the videos on their site?
After the show at the Seahorse, Soho Ghetto didn’t waste any time and headed straight to Sydney for a show at Governor’s, with their next show scheduled for Feb 17th at Plan B in Moncton. Based on the quality of the music and the success of the EP Release show, I would say that these guys are going to be pretty busy from here on out.