Who knew that a chance meeting between some guys at the University of Warwick could result in a fascinating alt-rock band? Well, apparently this happens and SOHLER is the evidence. A multi-cultural band featuring members from across the globe, the foursome share songs about humanity, individuality and societal expectations. Eden Short (guitar), Rares Chiriac (bass), Sam Sutton (drums) and Will Harvey (vocals) have already tasted some fame performing on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s BBC Introducing with Brodie Swain. They even won the University of Warwick’s Battle of the Bands during their first year together.
Quite a new band – hell, ‘Computer’ is their debut single – SOHLER combine influences from Arcane Roots, Radiohead and Biffy Clyro creating a track suited for a wide audience. Personally, I find ‘Computer’ an interesting rock track with some nu-metal undertones. Each of the members is given time to shine, particularly Short with his powerful guitar riffs. Harvey maintains his own with unique and effortless vocals complementing the instrumentation. In short, ‘Computer’ is an addictive track indicative of many great things to come. I can’t wait to hear their debut EP Vital Signs!
“Computer’ has been a labour of love for us this past year and is the first of two singles from our debut EP. We’re all students at Warwick University so we produce our music alongside our studies when we can with our second single planned for 30th May. In terms of the meaning of ‘Computer’, it’s really all about the degradation of the individual; to be worn down until you are nothing but a machine going through the same routines day after day. We really wanted to get that feeling of frustration across at being isolated from your own humanity and feeling almost emotionally stunted after experiences of loss and disappointment.” – SOHLER on ‘Computer’