‘souls of sophie’ is self-described as “modern wave”: cathartic post-punk delving in surreal sonic landscapes while delivering a driving punchy sound. The band fits nicely next to acts like The Cure, The Cameleons UK, Pulp, Suede, Ocean Blue, Slowdive, DM, New Order, The Smiths, and the more recent- Interpol, IAMX, Cold Cave, Crocodiles, She Wants Revenge.
‘souls of sophie’ began in New Orleans, started by singer/songwriter -Frank A. As a one-man band, a self-titled EP was produced, and with the help of some friends, took the songs to the stage. After a short presence in the New Orleans scene, the project was move to Portland Oregon where a new line-up emerged, adding A.Krieghoff, C.Moncrief,and A. Robinson. Though A tumultuous journey ensued, more songs emerged, and subsequently more shows, including performances at venues, “Mount Taber’s” and now defunct “Medicine hat”. After a year the group disbanded, and all that remained was Frank and A. Krieghoff. Determined not to mark the year as a waste, they set forth to record an EP that would later be known as “dusk”. The duo went separate ways shortly after the recording sessions, putting ‘souls of sophie’ back to its original state; a one man project. Starting anew and excited again to create, Frank teamed up with friend/cinematographer Joey Fountain to produce a video for “maybe tonight” – a stylistically lullaby-esque song filled with dark swirling overtones. Despite an unforgettable time, ‘souls of sophie’s stay in Portland came to an end with a move to Columbia SC in late 2003. Soon after in 2004, “dusk” was released, which concluded the Portland experience.
Inspired by past events and a new life in SC, ‘souls of sophie’ set out to record a full length release. The album, entitled “frozen path”, draws it’s name from the very first song Frank ever wrote, presenting a fresh new version. Working again with JT Fountain, shortly after the album’s release, the song “Pictures In My Head” was placed in his film “Bikecar”. In support of the album, Dan Sisco,former drummer of The Fatales, joined the band. The duo played live for a short time until they parted ways, and since then, Frank has been absent from the music world all together. Until now. ‘souls of sophie’ is back continuing where “release” (final track from frozen path LP) left off, producing songs purely synth-based, reflecting more of Frank’s darkwave influences. These synthy tracks emit surreal sounds while staying punchy and minimal. Check out the latest EP ‘departure’. Press release here!: http://sonicsmashmusic.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/souls-of-sophie-releases-new-ep-departure/