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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Soulicit, the Band

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Soulicit have been living out of their suitcases for most of 2012. Having released Parking Lot Rockstar, their debut album, in late 2011, the Wichita, Kan. band has been out on tour bringing their hooky brand of hard rock from one dirty club to the other.

Produced by Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Creed) Parking Lot Rockstar‘s band’s debut single “Hell Yeah” has been all over Modern Rock radio and if the band keep up their current work pace, there’s no telling how far they can take the record. Soulicit’s upcoming appearance at this weekend’s Rocklahoma festival shouldn’t hurt that cause.

Noisecreep asked the members of Soulicit to take part in our ‘Five Albums That Changed My Life’ series in honor of their debut album.

From Soulicit: Picking only five albums from a four member band is tough so here is a look at some of what makes us tick across the board. Some of these overlap members and some don’t but each of these albums has inspired our sound in some way or another.

Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (1971)

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“Everyone knows this album from stairway but so much good material came off of this it has to make our list. Zeppelin is at the top of most anyone’s list and for good reason. Each member was amazing at their own parts and when they came together the stars aligned just right. If you want a template of what a hard rock album should sound like, this is it. The heaviest drums, the loudest guitars, thundering bass, and soaring vocals.”

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beatles (1967)

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“Sgt. Peppers to us is like the year 0. You can almost look at rock history as before Peppers and after Peppers. When you consider what other bands were doing at the time Peppers changed everything. It was the first real concept album and not a collection of singles. There was so much innovation that paved the way for other great albums like The Dark Side of the Moon and Operation:Mindcrime not to mention it was recorded on four track tape. We used more tracks than that on drums alone.”

Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

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“Speaking of four track tape. So much has been said about Jimi and his contributions its almost insulting to him to try to do any better but for some of us, we literally wore out vinyl copies of this album just playing it over and over trying to pick up every nuance in Jimi’s touch. He was the heaviest thing on guitar at the time, the most technically proficient guy and had the best feel. It’s a lot of what they can’t teach you in school. You can only hope to absorb it through speakers.”

The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)

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“From a songwriting standpoint, it was ground breaking and set the tone for everything we wrote from that point on. It wasn’t an album, it was a journey. It opened up a whole new idea of music and what it means to write a song. It wasn’t spoon fed junk. It was a full body trip in an album that you could almost taste.”

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

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“In the day of the .99 cent single, we have to pay homage to an amazing double album. The two sides complemented each other in a way that worked from front to back with some great singles worked in. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” was different from anything at the time and jumped out of the radio.”

Soulicit’s Parking Lot Rockstar is available now via Thermal Entertainment. Pick up the album on iTunes and Amazon.

Tour dates:
FRIDAY, 5-25-12
PRYOR, OK
ROCKLAHOMA

SUNDAY, 5-27-12
LONGVIEW, TX
THE LEVEE

TUESDAY, 5-29-12
WICHITA, KS
ROCK ISLAND LIVE

WEDNESDAY, 5-30-12
SALINA, KS
THE FACTORY

FRIDAY, 6-01-12
KINGMAN, KS
ELDOS LA ORAOS CANTINA

SATURDAY, 6-02-12
PARSONS, KS
PARSONS ROADHOUSE LIVE

FRIDAY, 6-08-12
ALTOONA, PA
ALDOS

SATURDAY, 6-09-12
ROCHESTER, NY
MONTAGE MUSIC HALL

THURSDAY, 6-14-12
BRISTOL, CT
BLEACHERS

FRIDAY, 6-15-12
SECAUCUS, NJ
THE BLUE ROOM

SATURDAY, 6-16-12
BALTIMORE, MD
SONAR

SATURDAY, 6-23-12
BETHEL, OH
BURKE PARK

FRIDAY, 6-29-12 (w/SOIL)
CINCINNATI, OH
INNER CIRCLE

THURSDAY, 7-03-12
OMAHA, NE
SHAMROCKS PUB & GRILLE

THURSDAY, 7-12-12
RALEIGH, NC
THE POUR HOUSE

FRIDAY, 7-13-12
SATURDAY, 7-14-12
WILSON, NC
EASY RIDER RODEO

MONDAY, 7-16-12
CONCORD, NC
PIANO MAN

SATURDAY, 7-28-12
HILLSBORO, OH
THE HOG JAM FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, 8-18-12
BALTIMORE, MD
HARD ROCK CAFÉ

FRIDAY, 10-19-12
HAYSVILLE, KS
HAYSVILLE FALL FESTIVAL

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