Twenty-Year Itch: ’90s stalwarts Soul Kiss return

Soul Kiss w/ 1000 Dogs Named Dave | Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd. | All ages | $15

St. Louis had an embarrassment of riches on the local music front in the late ’90s, with bands like the Urge and Gravity Kills paving the way for a hugely successful symbiotic relationship between our town’s alt-rock underground and its source for “everything alternative,” 105.7 The Point.

One band to ride that wave was Soul Kiss. Featured on the station’s compilation Pointessential Vol. 4, the four-piece’s earworm of a single “Itch” (also featured on their debut EP, 1997’s Fuzz) exemplified the band’s muscular, vaguely funky brand of alternative rock and P.J. Sharamitaro’s passionate vocals. Soul Kiss fell silent in the early 2000s, though the band did reunite for sporadic shows over the past decade.

But for their upcoming show, Saturday June 30th at Delmar Hall, the band promises something more permanent. In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Blender blog, guitarist Jeff Faulkner (also of Vote for Pedro) states, “This one is to kick off the band getting back together to play more shows on a regular basis.” They’ll be doing it in a big way, with the addition of a three-piece horn section (made up of members of Sharamitaro’s other gig, Empire Groove) to a show Faulkner describes “one long set, 26 songs, and we’ll play for two, two-and-a-half hours. We’re playing everything we got.” (Hopefully that includes their crowd favorite cover of Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” featured on the 1998 full length One Hundred Meters.) If the video below, captured at one of their 2013 gig at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, is any indication, attendees are in for one helluva show. | Jason Green

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