Soul Asylum is an alternative rock band from Minnesota. The group formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules. The band’s fame came to a zenith in the 1990’s, when their hits “Black Gold,” “Runaway Train,” “Somebody to Shove,” and “Misery” helped to craft a generation’s soundtrack.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, Soul Asylum brings their sneering, socially conscious, guitar-filled sound to Piere’s in the Marketplace of Canterbury in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Piere’s is located at 5675 St. Joe Rd. The show is an all-ages event and tickets are $22. The show starts at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6 p.m.
Discography of discord: the sound of Soul Asylum
Most American audiences were introduced to Soul Asylum through its 1992 album “Grave Dancers Union.” “Grave Dancers Union” contains the hits “Black Gold,” “Somebody to Shove” and “Runaway Train.” The album went platinum three times. The songs are often marked by clear descriptions of societal problems, not to mention of a mix of sound that involves a melodic buildup to a rush of guitar, especially in the song “Black Gold.”
Soul Asylum captured well that feeling of disconnectedness and general restlessness that marks youth, especially youth in places that can be socially isolating or physically challenging.
Lead singer Dave Pirner’s voice is a tenor that lends itself to sounding shaky with emotion, or to evincing a steely determination, as in “Shove.”
Soul Asylum became famous in an era when alternative rock was evolving. In the alternative rock subgenre of grunge, there was room for a variety of voices. All of the bands were joined by their willingness to detail experiences rife with raw emotional truth. And in a sea of sludgy guitars and screaming vocalists, Soul Asylum’s heavy, nuanced chords and engaging, sometimes emotionally vulnerable and always thought-provoking narratives stood out.
Soul Asylum’s triumphs and trials
At this point in the 21st century, when so many bands that formed in the 1970s or 1980s have inactive periods, Soul Asylum is one band that has been active continually. The band’s latest album is “Change of Fortune” which was released in 2016.
After the band’s start in 1981, success came in the form of a Grammy in 1994 for the song “Runaway Train.”
Unfortunately tragedy struck when bassist, Karl Mueller, died of cancer in 2005. Despite the tragedy, the band continued to work.
The group’s concert in Fort Wayne appears to be part of a trend this year of popular bands from earlier decades playing the Summit City.