Save Our Souls (SOS) is an American progressive metal band formed in 2010 by lead singer George William, drummer Jason D’Amelio and guitarist Julian Ken.
In 2011 the three founding members relocated to Los Angeles from New York City and personally witnessed the bipolar effect that Hollywood has become infamous for.
Whether it was the Sunset Strip that got stuck somewhere in the 1980’s, the women at the Playboy mansion who could not be airbrushed in real life, or the meaningless red-carpet affairs thrown by self-proclaimed “publicists” (whose only “industry contacts” were the unknown people in their free Twitter account) Save Our Souls felt the dirty hands of a desperate music scene try to drag them into their fading “limelight", a fruit which had long spoiled -before ever becoming sweet.
Now In 2012, Save Our Souls has removed themselves from any pre-conceived notions, clichés or local scenes with the release of Animal, a 4 song EP obsessed with facing the mendacity found in our culture today.
Animal is not just a commentary on current American culture, but a worldwide culture that has become corrupt. This is further evidenced by the originators of the band (singer George William is a New York native, whereas guitarist Julian grew up in Kazakhstan) that despite growing up worlds apart, the two convey the same musical message and disparity for their surroundings.
But among the plastic there is another face to Los Angeles, one that glows from the sheer amount of talent possessed by the amazing people in it -enter Pete Griffin a Grammy winning bassist who upon hearing Animal, recognized SOS's unique approach to metal and immediately asked to join the band.
The ongoing lyrical theme of SOS is unremitting honesty. Whether aimed at organized religion, politics, or even at themselves; the band's lyrical intention remains steadfast the entire time. Their motive not being to attack the subject of each song… but rather to have the subject admit or -own- their shortcomings. Admit who they are, what they are, what they’ve done and ultimately what they’ve become.
With Save Our Souls both the message and music are refreshing, unbound by typical song formulas -or by any music scene. The band uses unrelenting time signature shifts and polyrhythms (sometimes anchored only by a simple screaming lyric) and at other times they lay deep in the pocket, exploiting their groove sensibilities and soaring vocal choruses. Save Our Souls music possesses a duality similar to the town they’re in. The irony is not lost on the band; but instead utilized, as long as it is honest.