A long time staple of the Toledo music scene, Resonant Soul, has announced that they are taking an indefinite hiatus from performing live and has scheduled their final concert Saturday Oct. 23 at The Zodiac (135 S. Byrne Rd. Toledo.
The concert will also mark the release of their long-awaited, aptly-titled album “Truly These are the Last Days.”
Resonant Soul has been touring and releasing original music for nearly a decade. Their songs have been aired on major FM radio stations in Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Bowling Green and also on XM/Sirius satellite radio. They have shared the stage with international recording artists such as Saliva, The Misfits, Whitesnake, Seven Mary Three, Shinedown, Trapt, Jefferson Starship, Fishbone and Days of the New, to name a few. Their independently produced music has been heard across the globe through the distribution of CDs and digital downloads. They have performed in every major city from Chicago to Brooklyn.
When asked why, after accomplishing so much without the help of any major labels or agents, they would decide to call it quits, guitarist John Fowler replied, “Well, you know, everything has to come to an end. We just got to the point where we weren’t working together as efficiently as we had been in the past and it seemed like it was just going to get worse, so we decided to quit while we were ahead; or at least only slightly behind.
"It’s a tough business," Fowler said. "You have to stay ahead of the curve. If you stop to rest for even a minute, you find yourself having to work twice as hard as you were before just to get back to the same spot. Everybody in the band has new musical projects they are working on, so you’ll see us again, just in a different context.”
The official announcement released by the band in July explains that “[they] have decided to part ways in order to preserve the deep friendship and brotherhood [they have] shared since long before [they] shared the stage.” The announcement was originally made as a note on Facebook and can still be viewed on the band’s page at www.facebook.com/resonantsoulband.
Vocalist Anthony Beck said, "It’s been an amazing journey. I feel that the last seven years, playing in this band, has supplied me with more adventures and amazing stories than most people accumulate in a lifetime. We had some amazing highs and bitter lows, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything short of playing this exact same set up on a bigger scale. It's just time,” Beck continued.
“It’s time to explore more paths musically and learn from new influences," Beck said. "I'm proud that we're going out with a bang. The final album is some of the finest work we've ever pulled together to create. I hope we can get it into as many people's hands as possible to help leave a legacy for my family for the better part of this past decade. I hope we can absolutely pack the Zodiac on the 23rd so I can personally thank everyone for the years of memories and support that our fans have provided for us."
The farewell concert will also feature live performances by fellow Toledo bands Saturnine Hello and Sattlelost. Saturnine Hello, another veteran on the Toledo music scene, will also be releasing their new album that night.
“We’re glad they’re on the bill with us,” explained Fowler. “We wanted to include other bands that we’ve worked with before. A lot Toledo bands have recently broken up and I’m happy they’re still going strong and we wish them the best of luck with everything.”