”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
“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
“Gritty, raw, passionate and heartfelt….adjectives you use to describe the music of upstart Philly rockers Soraia….”- Loudwire
Photo: Cassandra Panek
Philly rockers Soraia have debuted a new, highly cinematic music video for their latest single “I Seek Fire” which is currently picking up steam at radio. For the clip, the band once again teamed up with director Sam Shapson (Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Demi Lovato, Oliver Tree, Thrice, Corey Taylor, All Time Low, MKG, Poppy) who helmed the video for their radio smash “Tight Lipped.”
Frontwoman ZouZou Mansour says, “I love working with Sam Shapson and his whole team on the story of Soraia’s songs. So far, he’s taken the song and music’s story and turned them into his own films. I first spoke to Sam about what the idea behind the song was – which I had taken from every Shakespearean tragedy I had ever read. Again, like “Tight-Lipped” took from “Hamlet” with Ophelia, “I Seek Fire” took directly from the tragic love story of “Romeo and Juliet”. The chorus being,” I wanna die in love, we can live forever”. It expresses genuinely the intensity of my desire to have that kind of love, but extreme fear of it’s enthralling obsession. The intense desire wins out triumphantly in the song. However, Sam took that theme and twisted it to its most dark narrative: the main living character trying to revive her dead lover by any means necessary. We find her just after unburying him and being completely and insanely lost in her obsession to bring him back. In the end, it doesn’t matter who the rotting man represents; it’s much more about my mad compulsion to revive him – to Hell with all else. It’s both admirable and horrific. Two themes and sides of humanity and myself that I love digging into. Another tragic depiction of love lost.”
Soraia’s upcoming album ‘Bloom’ will be released on October 28 via Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.
Coming off the massive chart success of the 2021 single “Tight Lipped” and 2020 breakthrough album ‘Dig Your Roots, the deeply personal new album finds the band covering new ground both sonically and lyrically.
“Ultimately, our new album is 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,” affirms ZouZou Mansour, lead singer and lyricist for Soraia.
Of the new song, Mansour explains, “The original idea behind ‘I Seek Fire’ came from reading a Rumi quote: “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” A mix of that personal desire plus a healthy dose of romantic and tragic love ideas floating through my head created the backdrop for the lyrical story of the song. As soon as I heard the cutting, staccato riff co-writer Travis Smith played for me, I knew I had to capture that exquisite contradiction: enthralling, obsessive passion usually comes with that tragic cut. The music brought the lyrics to life in this one more than most other songs we’ve written together.”
Catch Soraia opening for Joan Jett in September and on their upcoming fall tours with Josie Cotton and Hayley and the Crushers. See dates below.
1 Jokers, Thieves, and Liars
3 I Seek Fire
4 Broken Cocoon
5 She’s Already Dead
6 Hammer and the Anvil
7 Secret Medicine
9 Jackson’s Song
Josie Cotton + Soraia Tour 9/13-9/17
9/13 San Diego, CA // The Casbah
9/14 Los Angeles, CA // The Redwood Bar
9/15 Palmdale, CA // Transplant Brewing
9/16 Reno, NV // Virginia Street Brewhouse
9/17 San Francisco, CA // Bottom of the Hill
Joan Jett + Soraia Dates
9/22 Shipshewana, IN // Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
9/24 Wisconsin Dells, WI // Crystal Grand Music Theater
Soraia + Hayley and The Crushers Tour 9/25-10/8
9/25 Chicago, IL // Reggies ‘The Music Joint’
9/27 Toledo, OH // Ottawa Tavern
9/28 Cleveland, OH // Hatfield’s
9/30 Youngstown, OH // West Side Bowl
10/1 Columbus, OH // The Spacebar
10/4 Nashville, TN // The Basement
10/7 Hamtramck, MI // Small’s
10/8 Grand Rapids, MI // Tip Top Deluxe Bar
10/15 Indianapolis, IN // Melody Inn
10/31 Providence, RI // Dusk
11/2 New Haven, CT // Cafe Nine
11/4 New York City, NY // Berlin Under A
11/5 Philadelphia, PA // Milkboy (‘Bloom’ Release Show) Tickets
11/26 Phoenixville, PA // Colonial Theater (acoustic)
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.
We will keep telling our stories.
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”
Praise for Soraia:
“All rise for the fire and euphoria of Soraia…your road to garage-rock salvation.” David Fricke, Rolling Stone/Sirius XM Radio
“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