Helium Soul have been building solid foundations on the blues and rock circuit since 2002. Though they have recently recorded their first studio album, they are essentially driven by the desire to play live and to take their sound to their increasing fan base. Press and public alike have been impressed by the energy of their live show and the quality of the material. Helium Soul are bringing their own sound, and most importantly, their own songs to a rapidly growing audience.
Writer and front man, Russ Blaber has been performing on the live music scene for several years and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall supporting B.B. King. Keyboard player Kenny Carroll brings the best out of the Hammond A1, which is an integral part of the band and the sound. The rhythm section is comprised of the exceptionally talented Matt Dean on drums, who studied at the renowned Academy of Contemporary Music and Ad Critchfield who’s bass playing brings energy and ‘funk’ to the Helium Soul sound.
In 2004, the band came to the attention of an independent record label, OT Records, who spotted the talent and energy of the band. They were signed after a representative from the label had seen their show just twice!
‘It was clear that this was a band who had put in the time and effort to get their sound refined. They needed to get into the studio and we wanted to get behind them and make their first album happen… we are delighted with the results!’
- OT Records.
The band took time out from live performances in April and May 2005 to record their debut album, ‘Mass of Four’. The album was recorded at Jacobs Studios in Farnham, Surrey which has been ‘home’ to the likes of David Bowie, Paul Weller and Robbie Williams. Although ‘Mass of Four’ is a studio album, the intention was to capture the energy and exceptional musicianship of an essentially ‘live’ band. The results speak for themselves.
During the summer of 2005 the band were busy with live performances which included The Maltings, BB’s Blues Club, Scratchers and the Marlborough International Festival at which they were nominated for ‘Best New Act’. Plans are being put in place for a UK tour in 2006, which will start with a few selected performances in late 2005.