BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


By Alan Ranta VANCOUVER – If you have chronic digestive issues or merely like to promote intestinal health, kombucha is…

, ,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Vancouverbased soulrb institution The Boom Booms go all the wayhellip
  • Beck officially releases his new album Colors tomorrow BeatRoute editorhellip
  • Our friends at mformontreal just announced their entire weekend ofhellip
  • After a few years of separation Blue Hawaii try ahellip
  • Had a real nice time at Arcade Fire tonite! hellip
  • Hanson played the Vogue Theatre last night on a tourhellip
  • Just had a great rainy day chat with our friendshellip
  • Paying our respects today to the great Canadian legend Gordonhellip
  • Happy Friday the 13th! We are celebrating the opening nighthellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

SOATOA

Monday 09th, June 2014 / 16:21

soatoaVEGGIES ‘N’ GROOVE

Tom Heuckendorff is spending a lot of time alone these days. Not what you’d expect from a charismatic sideman-about-town in Vancouver. Especially curious, considering Heuckendorff created and fronts Soatoa, a rock/reggae/soul project involving loads of musician friends from around the city.

But there he is, when BeatRoute reaches him at his home studio in East Van, sitting at the piano, eating asparagus.

“Not exactly at the same time,” Heuckendorff laughs over the phone, later admitting to practicing classical music 10 hours a day. Still, the vegetables-and-solitary-artist vision makes for a good story. Heuckendorff, as it turns out, is full of them.

Even the name Soatoa (pronounced So-ah Toe-ah) came from a story, a book from Heuckendorff’s childhood he can’t remember the title of now.

“Soatoa was a character in the book,” he says. “I think it was this little rat sort of thing. It was a weird word that just stuck in my mind.” For Heuckendorff’s unique blend of saucy guitar jams, traditional reggae bass lines and organ-based soul, it works.

Indeed, the Soatoa debut full-length album Latent is a surefire cocktail of tunes, more a Jesus Juice concoction than a straightforward martini. Its 10 lush tracks slide from greasy rock riffs to bright Bob-Marley-influenced rhythms. Surprises abound, especially on chilled-out indie track “Swinging Trees,” a product of late night experimentation in Heuckendorff’s home studio, where Latent was engineered and produced over the course of two years.

“That was the best part of being able to record in my own home studio,” says Heuckendorff. “I’d be in there for hours and hours, editing, re-recording, messing around with the sets. It was the best experience ever.”

Fruitful, but did Heuckendorff have much of a social life while he was bringing Soatoa together?

“Uh, no,” he laughs. “My ex-girlfriend will attest to that!”

Catch Soatoa’s album release show with Hot Panda and Buckman Coe at the Fox Cabaret June 12.

By Sarah Bauer

,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Alberta

Recent
Walker & Royce: Dirtybird’s Golden Goose

Walker & Royce: Dirtybird’s Golden Goose

By Catalina Briceno Brooklyn-based artists and Dirtybird’s latest breakout duo, Sam Walker and Gavin Royce credit their dedication to long-standing…

Ad

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Singersongwriters in the round for the second day of widecutweekendhellip
  • I just enjoyed singing So thats what I always gravitatedhellip
  • Its Wide Cut time again folks widecutweekend
  • 22 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Ourhellip
  • 12 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Onehellip
  • Kendall Carson melted our faces and you can see herhellip
  • Check out our spooky October cover issue on the streetshellip
  • Were having a blast at updtfest here in Edmonton! Recaphellip
  • HUDSON brings NY jazz to the Jack Singer at yycartshellip
Ad
Ad