LA-based rockers All Souls in advance of their show at The Paramount January 25 is premiering their new single “You Just Can’t Win,” a blisteringly angry push back against the populist-inspired prejudice and violence plaguiing modern society. Produced by Toshi Kasai (Tool, Melvins, Foo Fighters), the song seethes with the tightly coiled angry vocals and menacing guitar of founder Antonio Aguilar.
Says Aguilar: “I write from the perspective of a brown man. A man subjected to continuous subjugation from his youth into adulthood. When I sing ‘You Just Can’t Win,’ I have multiple tiers of emotions happening. One is combative anger, but then I feel a sense of sadness and compassion, and not just towards the victims mourned in the song, but towards the lost and deranged person. By the ending “Oh they fell, oh they fall” – it’s just pure sadness.”
The members of All Souls go back to the late-1990s when they first met and two decades later, after exploring different and highly successful musical paths—Aguilar and Castellanos formed the lauded Totimoshi as well as their flamenco/Ranchero experiment Alma Sangre, Tornay performed on Desert Sessions and with Linda Perry and Fatso Jetson (who he still plays with), and Trammell with Black Elk and Wadsworth—the band finally came together at the end of 2016. Immediately labeled as a “desert rock supergroup,” the quartet signed with the Sunyata label run by Screaming Trees and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin and quickly evolved from playing local clubs to opening for major acts in theaters and arenas (Jesus Lizard, Melvins & Tool).