Thee Sacred Souls
San Diego, CA
San Diego’s Thee Sacred Souls are riding high on a retro-soul movement bubbling under in Southern California. Inspired by the soul classics on which they were raised, multi-instrumentalists Alex Garcia and Sal Samano discovered instant chemistry when they began cutting rhythm tracks together in 2019. Garcia migrated from guitar to drums, where he would discover the unique pulse of the band’s sound, while Samano learned to carve tasteful bass lines, rounding out the band’s clockwork rhythm section. Though what they created together had enormous promise and an undeniable groove, it wasn’t until they connected with vocalist Josh Lane that the real sound of the band came into focus. Lane had recently relocated to San Diego from Sacramento where he had studied singing, honing his voice into an instrument that could effortlessly carry Smokey Robinson-inspired lyrics and smooth melodies reminiscent of Marvin Gaye. The band’s connection was immediately electric -- Thee Sacred Souls was born. Stepping off the stage after their very first club date, the three founding members were approached by Daptone Records’ co-founder and in-house producer Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Budos Band), whose seasoned ears heard their potential. Just three days later, the band found themselves in Mann’s Riverside studio laying down their first notes to tape. Their debut track, “Can I Call You Rose?” would be the first release on Daptone’s new imprint, Penrose Records.