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SORAIA performs the song "MONSTER" for BalconyTV.
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Tracing threads beginning with the ’60s soul of Stax and Motown, borrowing flickers of luminescence from rock icons such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett as well as Iggy Pop and The Cramps, through kindred spirits of the ’90s and beyond like PJ Harvey and The Kills, the primal sounds of this Philadelphia- based four-piece provide a formidable match for a set of mostly autobiographical songs that lead listeners through the depths of desperate situations and guide them out the other side to redemption.

By this point, the energy emanating from the Soraia constellation had already reached the eyes and ears of renowned tastemaker Steven Van Zandt (The E Street Band, The Sopranos), the Wicked Cool mastermind who has eagerly bestowed Coolest Song In The World honors on five of their tracks since 2013, including his #1 pick of 2016, “Electrocutioner.” They’ve consistently earned heavy rotation on Steven’s weekly syndicated radio show and SiriusXM channel Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Dead Reckoning’s leadoff track “Quicksand” already enjoyed Coolest Song honors in mid-summer 2017. Longtime Rolling Stone editor David Fricke has also attested to his fandom, testifying, “Searing guitars, burning soul and true CBGB grit: Soraia are the rock you need, in your face right now.”

The group made the trek up the New Jersey Turnpike in early 2017 to record Dead Reckoning at Van Zandt’s Renegade Nation Studios in downtown New York City. Steven personally produced two of the tracks, one that he wrote for them (“Why”) and the other an obscure Prince cover, “Wow.” The band co-produced the rest of the record with the guidance of Geoff Sanoff [Fountains Of Wayne, Dashboard Confessional]. Finishing touches were provided by boldface studio names: mixes for the Steven-produced tracks by Bob Clearmountain [Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones] and mastering by Bob Ludwig [David Bowie, Neil Young].


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