Soul Chalice is a funky four piece band from Delaware with a taste for the old-school and a wonderfully undefinable musical identity. The demographically and stylistically diverse crew makes music that is equally eclectic. Their sound is a fusion of old-school freestyle Hip-hop, Jazz, classic 70’s Funk and Rock influences ranging from Classic Rock to Grunge. Last month the band made their professional recording debut.
“Enter the Game” is the brand new album from Soul Chalice, released worldwide to all major streaming services on June 25, 2021. The 9 song collection introduces a band with expert chops and an adventurous artistic spirit. From the wild Jazz improvisation of the self-aware opening track “Look Inside” to the closer “Dr. Mic,” a Pop/Rock ode to the healing power of music, the band traverses all avenues of modern popular music.
Tracks like “Ahuww Ahuww” and “Enter the Game” dig deep into classic P-Funk style jams and old-school Hip-hop, mixing analog synths, record scratching and deep bass/drum/guitar grooves. They lay down some soulful R&B vibes on the summertime escape fantasy “Sunflower Seeds,” while “In My Zone” features some great 70’s Jazz/Pop horns and a feel-good groove.
The band shines throughout the record, and they really cut loose on the jazzier tunes like the excellent Acid Jazz/Minneapolis Funk of “New Day” and the Jeff Beck-style Jazz/Rock of “Can’t Keep Holding us Back.” Frontman rapper/singer/DJ Face Balian is the glue that holds it all together through the band’s many genre experiments and improv jams. With a flow and technique that recalls the golden age of Hip-hop, he delivers smart, soulful and uplifting rhymes and melodies. This is the sound of four guys at the top of their game and having a great time. It’s a lot of fun to listen to.
Check out “Enter the Game” in its entirety below. You can also hear the track “New Day” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. We had the chance to chat with Soul Chalice about the new record, and the future. Check out their answers to our questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the band. Get on their socials and get in the loop on everything this talented group has in store.
8 Questions with Soul Chalice
Where are you from?
Soul Chalice is from Central Delaware.
How long have you been making music?
We collectively have over a half a century of experience making music.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Face Balian – Lead Vocals/Scratch
Mark Reeve – Bass/Vocals
AJ Connolly – Keys/Drums
Dan Ridgely – Guitar
Who are your biggest musical influences?
As a band Rage Against The Machine, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cypress Hill are some of our main musical influences.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
LeBron James, The Rock, First Take show are a few of Face Balian’s influences outside of music.
What inspired you to create this project?
Enter The Game is our first project. It has just come to a point where we have plenty of material and we wanted to put a product out there. We want music fans around the world to know our fun style of music.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
We are already working on our follow up album. The title is yet to be determined but a summer 2022 release is expected. Also, we continue to plan to perform live every chance we get.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank you to the fans that continue to support our music.