With diverse musical backgrounds, but a common bond of the music they grew up on, Rat Soup formed with a vision to spread their love of funk and soul. Early Soup incarnations featured a powerhouse rhythm section, but it wasn’t long before the band expanded into a seven-piece machine complete with a three-piece horn section.
No stiff collars or starchy shirts here, Rat Soup exhibits a true do-it-yourself mentality and takes a communal approach to everything they do. The band has released two albums on Milford Street Records and performed live at prestigious venues throughout Southern California including the House of Blues in Anaheim and Hollywood and are an annual fixture in the Hangar at the OC Fair. Rat Soup has gained an appreciation from crowds across the region, bringing a fresh take on a sound previously lacking in the local music scene.
The music consists of funk rhythms, groove breakdowns, soulful vocals and catchy horn lines. With a mixture of instrumental and vocal tunes, the band’s original numbers can be reminiscent of 60/70’s era soul tunes, straight funk, and jazz funk, appealing to a large base of listeners that want to get down. This can be experienced at their live shows where a contagious party atmosphere of dancing and audience participation, from call and response shout choruses to percussion play-alongs, are often part of the show.
Individually they are an eclectic group of ingredients. But once mixed, simmered, and stewed together, they create the savory tasty concoction known as Rat Soup.