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SOLAR SOMA have been together for many years with the core group of Cat JOHNS on vocals and guitars, Chris LAU on guitar and often bass, and Luke WHELAN on drums.

Recently they have been joined on bass by Shaun HOLTON, also of PROJECTED TWIN, a singer/songwriter who has collaborated with SOLAR SOMA and their studio for his first two albums.

The band is characterized by spending a lot of time in the studio rehearsing and writing, as they are lucky enough to have XPM Studios at their disposal twenty-four seven and it is a huge influence in the way they write and arrange. "Being able to multi-track ideas as you go along, from the earliest stage of a song 'til the final takes, changes what feels possible when you're writing" says vocalist Cat JOHNS.

It's clear the band loves layering, with walls of punching guitar and swirling vocal harmonies, as they attempt to contrast soft and melodic with loud and epic throughout their EP.

Another defining characteristic of the SOLAR SOMA sound is that all the guitars and basses featured on the EP have been hand built by guitarist Chris LAU, whose day job is as a luthier and guitar repairer. Under the name of Lauda Guitars, the studio (and band) has a collection of handcrafted guitars and basses built up over the years to hone the sound of the instrument he loves.

And they prove popular with other musicians too, often being the chosen to record with when people come to XPM Studio. Projected Twin's second album features them exclusively and they have become part of his signature sound.

SOLAR SOMA having broken the ice with their EP are going to continue to record and release tracks for the rest of the year, and build up to an this space!

::bio provided by the artist - reprinted with permission::

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So Much For Style
Solar Soma Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars I've been listening to quite a few EPs lately, as I love to hear up-and-coming bands and I think it's important to support the independent music scene. There really are a ton of quality independent EPs to be had out there. However, I think the best one I've heard this year is Solar Soma's 'So Much for Style'. This five song EP is FREE on their bandcamp page, and each and every track is of the utmost quality.

Solar Soma is a sister band to Projected Twin, as some of you may know. Projected Twin's latest album was performed mostly by the members of Solar Soma, and Projected Twin vocalist Shaun plays bass for Solar Soma. So, the two projects are intertwined, for sure. As such, we get many of the same strengths. The bass is dynamic and mixed well; the guitar work is sensational in both acoustic and electric forms; and the drums are hammered until the cymbals break. Yet, the biggest difference is that the vocals are handled by Cat Johns, a female singer with beautifully melodic tone. Her vox really set the two bands apart upfront, and I will say that her vocals are actually the more dynamic of the two. She really pushes the limits of her range and style many times.

One thing that really impressed me with Solar Soma is their ability to mix accessibility with serious progressive structure. The tracks are never your standard fare and they are always varied within themselves. The EP as a whole is also varied, from rock songs to beautiful ballads to psychedelically-tinged oddities. The EP never gets boring, as my many listens can attest. With that said, I'd say my two favorite tracks are 'Lunchbox Monster' and 'Islands'. They are very different, with the former being a guitar-driven, mad-vox rock song and the latter being a melodic piece of art. But, such is the nature of Solar Soma.

I recommend that everyone try out this EP, as it is FREE. This bands needs a shot at being heard, for I can't really place any other bands that sound like them. I know that female vocals turn off some rock fans (I'm not sure why), but Cat can sing like no one's business. Please, give it a listen.

Thanks to Evolver for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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