Band bios are a tricky thing. On one hand, they’re helpful for telling folks about who the musicians are. You learn about their influences, musical acts they’ve played with, favorite books, where they’re from, etc, etc, etc. On the other hand, the reader gets a filtered version of the truth about the artist - not necessarily the essence of who they really are. And that authentic, unvarnished truth is what we all long for.
To put it simply, Soulfish is comprised of two, fairly average, well-adjusted guys: Peter Wade and John McLellan. Both have a storied background in playing with various artists, are highly skilled and experienced at their craft, each one born, raised, and currently living in the mish-mash of cultural and societal influence that is Southern California.
“The original intent was not to do a Christian album, but we found as we were writing the songs, the thematic thread throughout the album was becoming more “, states McLellan.
Soulfish’s first album “Dust”, not unlike so many other recent releases, was born during the great pandemic of 2020. What started as a “let’s get together and write a couple tunes” kind of thing, soon evolved into “let’s do an EP”, and eventually into “well, we might as well do an album”. Each song was written virtually, in Peter and John’s respective home studios.
Soulfish actually began back in 2007 as a blues-based cover band and graced the stages of various venues throughout L.A. The group informally disbanded in 2010. With various personnel changes through the years, the two consistent members were Wade and McLellan. When it came time to name the band for the new release, it was apparent what the band’s name would be. Especially since, as Wade put it, “we still have the logo”.
The album “Dust” represents a stylistic and philosophical departure from the Soulfish of old. For example, the title track examines the dichotomy of living a spiritual life that tries to “check all the right boxes”, as McLellan puts it, while attempting to embrace the notion that we are intentionally created beings by an all-loving Creator, insofar that we are all so much more than “the dust that came to be”. It examines that delicate balance between grace and obedience.
“Although this is a spiritual album, grounded in solid Christian theology, this is not a worship album, per se...”, Wade says.
McLellan adds “everything we create, as imitators of God, is effectively an act of worship, I think. We see the world through the prism of our belief systems, so it’s only natural that each one of these songs reflect that”.
From the catchy rock grooves of “Stand” and “Trick of the Light”, to the socially conscious Marvin Gaye/Curtis Mayfield inspired “Beautiful World” and “Ordinary Day”, to the haunting and anthemic “Epilogue (For a Western)”, the worldview of Soulfish is apparent to anyone who chooses to listen.
Soulfish is here. And they want to save your soul...
“Dust” will be released late February-2021.