Filmed December 10, 2022, at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA
The band will kick off their ‘Bloom’ Spring Tour on March 9th in Wayne, PA. The trek runs through May 6th, and features support from special guests The Idiot Kids.
Check out the band’s new playlist of songs they’ll be listening to on the road between cities this spring here.
The tour come on the heels of the act’s most successful album to date, the 10-track album ‘Bloom’— out now on Wicked Cool Records— that spawned the hit single “I Seek Fire,” which spent weeks on the Billboard Active Rock Chart.
‘Bloom’ covers new ground both sonically and lyrically, with lead singer and lyricist ZouZou Mansour saying, _“Ultimately, it’s about rising above all of the slights, injuries, and traumas we’ve all experienced – personally and together – and positioning ourselves into a new place we’ve chosen. A place with renewed courage and vitality. We realize we are all deserving of a life driven by our choices and power.”
Having recently toured and played shows with the likes of Joan Jett, Hayley and The Crushers and many more, Soraia is eager to get back out on the road and in front of fans, in support of the new album.
Thursday, March 9 // Wayne, PA // 118 North – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Friday, March 10 // New Haven, CT // Cafe Nine – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Saturday, March 11 // Somerville, MA // The Jungle – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Sunday, March 12 // Troy, NY // Hangar on the Hudson – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Wednesday, March 15 // Buffalo, NY // Mohawk Place – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Thursday, March 16 // Hamtramck, MI // Small’s – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Friday, March 17 // Cleveland, OH // Hatfield’s Goode Grub – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
Saturday, March 18 // Chicago, IL // Liar’s Club – W/S/G The Idiot Kids
*Friday, March 24 // New York City, NY // Berlin Under A – w/Palmyra Delran and One Way Out
*Friday, April 7 // WDHA Presents Soraia // Teaneck, NJ // Debonair Music Hall
*Saturday, May 6 // Albany, NY // Empire Underground
Photo: Cassandra Panek
ZouZou Mansour – Lead Vocals, Tambourine
Travis Smith – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Brianna Sig – Drums, Backing Vocals
Mike Dudolevitch – Lead and Rhythm Guitars, piano (“I Seek Fire”)
John Hildenbrand – Organ
Geoff Sanoff – additional background vocals, additional percussion, 12-string electric guitars on “Jackson’s Song”
Steve LaFashia – additional rhythm guitar and solo on “I Seek Fire”/ Additional rhythm guitar on “Jokers, Thieves, and Liars” and “Mephistopheles”
More Praise for Soraia:
“It seems appropriate that Philly-based rockers Soraia have opened shows for Joan Jett over the years because just like the queen of cool, they play a muscular, guitar-heavy brand of rock, free of all current musical trends and pretentions. The record may be filled with overcoming slights and traumas but healing and triumph have never sounded so cathartic before.”- New Noise
”Soraia is an extraordinary, exciting, and ‘sure to make waves’ band who I love and admire” – Joan Jett
“You do not want to miss one of the greatest of the new bands! For those of you who think rock is dead – come to have your faith renewed!” – Steven Van Zandt
“All rise for the fire and euphoria of Soraia…your road to garage-rock salvation.” David Fricke, Rolling Stone/Sirius XM Radio
“Soraia do an extremely effective job of recapturing that punk rock spirit and zeal, with lead singer ZouZou Mansour bringing that vintage glam rock appeal with her lively, spirited vocals.”- V13
“Soraia are bringing back that 80’s rock sneer – A brilliant riff, thrumming bassline and pure catchiness make up this cracking song.”- Love It To Death Reviews
“This is garage rock out of the garage and aiming for arenas. “I Seek Fire” is just pure no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll with zero pretention.”- If It’s Too Loud
“”I Seek Fire” is an excellent mix of aggressive riffs, high attitude and epic bold vocals. The song is sure to stop you in your tracks.”- Click Roll Boom
“Philadelphia rock quartet Soraia really knows how to put together a hypnotic rock song. Frontwoman ZouZou Mansour’s uncanny voice is perfectly pitched to the guitars and holds you close while it beguiles you. This is a put-on-repeat song.” – Shutter16
About SORAIA’s ‘Bloom’:
Anyone who’s overcome mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual barriers will relate deeply to Bloom, Soraia’s upcoming ten-song collection, ‘Bloom.’
Soraia’s third studio album with Wicked Cool Records showcases tragic romance, awakened passion, fiery desire, and lost identity – yet is ultimately filled with their consistent foreboding of hope. These themes – combined with the band’s signature hard rocking, motivating sound – create a unique listening experience. ‘Bloom’ inevitably empowers the listener to make the change they choose– it advocates speaking your truth and living your life – consequences be damned.
‘Bloom’ builds on the themes established throughout the band’s career. Their first studio album ‘Dead Reckoning’ (2017) featured songs defining where they stood from the viewpoint of where they’d been. 2020’s ‘Dig Your Roots’ was all about accepting who and what they are, and ‘Bloom’ – the third in the series – is about letting go of all these things and finding that new place: musically, as a group, and as individuals. If 2020 taught us anything—it is how to unapologetically stand up proudly for who and what we are.
The LP begins with the hard rock we’ve all come to expect of the band. As David Fricke, formerly of Rolling Stone Magazine claims, ”Searing guitars, burning soul, and true CBGB grit: Soraia are the rock you need in your face now” and they have not changed their step here. The album opens ferociously with an emblazoned “YEAH!” in “Jokers, Thieves, and Liars” and doesn’t let up through Side B.
Though the album focuses on hard-driving melodies, the band passionately explores new territory in some tender moments. ‘Jackson’s Song’ – a surprisingly simple song yet beautifully tragic love story between two bikers – is a vulnerable spot on the album. It’s one partner’s confession of her changing emotions and personhood that ends in a solid moment fated by twisted loyalty. Another anthemic song is the soul-defining and very personal ‘Mephistopheles’ which closes the record. A claim on current culture mirrored in an intimately personal experience, Mephistopheles himself is a charmer – both wildly alluring and utterly deadly. The song’s highlight is the dark angelic backgrounds in the final chorus—a statement that visually brings to mind Dante’s Inferno. ’’Mephistopheles’ is about a real experience and holds its place at the end of our record for a reason….” affirms ZouZou Mansour, lead singer and lyricist for Soraia.
With every release, Soraia continues to gain experience, momentum, and strength. They have garnered the attention of many soulful rock legends in the music business, including Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Van Zandt, and Joan Jett. The core band features ZouZou Mansour (lead vocals), Travis Smith (bass), and Brianna Sig (drums). Together, they have unmatched chemistry and passion for the music they play.
Soraia does what they do best on ‘Bloom’: shine and reflect through personal stories a universal identity we all share. Their songs promise life after loss, and survival that is both fragile and tough.
‘Bloom’ is the promise of redemption, newfound passion, and dark warriorhood. The black lotus rising from the mud that blooms into the most beautiful flower: it blossoms from its sin, scars, and final survival—a spirit brimming with strength. What has kept these warriors together through thick and thin is that bond. That darkness. That hope: To grow together.