Joshua Tree 2011 - photo by Erik Lindahl
Chicago 2010 - photo by Kevin Vlack
Welcome to the land of DESERT SOAP. It is a land where soft and mind-bending sounds float amongst the daisies with a gentle country twang, and groovy cats and chicks run wild and free under the sunshine, wearing far-out threads, or nothing at all. This land was first discovered during the summer of 2010 in the minds of two Chicago-based musicians via a trip to the Joshua Tree National Park in their minds - and later, in physical reality. The songs they write and continue to write, the rock concerts they play as either an acoustic duo or a full electric band, and the full-length psychedocumentary entitled We’ve Gotta Fly they produced and starred in help to continuously reveal this magical land. Follow this blog if you want to stay in touch with this pleasant and colorful place, and read below if you want to learn more about the individual members …
photo by Alexandra Pilichowski
Michael is the lead singer of DESERT SOAP. You can hear his solo talent on songs like “Live ‘Til You Die.” He doubles as an acoustic guitarist (“Lonely Eyes”) and on B-bender lead electric guitar (“Flying”). He also plays bass on songs like “Sunday Afternoon” and is capable of playing drums. Michael hails from the small central Illinois village of Flanagan (pop. 1083 - 2000 census). He eventually found his way to Chicago in order to become more immersed in the musical scene with bands like Gold. In addition to his DESERT SOAP duties, Michael also runs a self-roasted bicycle-delivered coffee business called Grinderman Coffee. Affable and driven to succeed, Michael likes to “make things happen,” but always in a polite way.
photo by Alexandra Pilichowski
Primo is the main spokesman of DESERT SOAP. He arranges all of the vocal harmonies and handles most of the bass assignments (“New Desert Song”) as well as some acoustic guitar chores (“Lazy Eyes”). He takes his turn in the vocal spotlight as well with such songs as “Thinking About The Girl I Love.” He can also play keyboard, recorder, and pedal steel. Primo is from the Brighton Park neighborhood of near southwest Chicago. Before DESERT SOAP, he led a six-piece four-guy, two-girl sunshine pop harmony group called Universe Society which is missed by many. Primo is laid-back and quiet and usually waits for the right moment to make his move.
Hi everyone, Primo here. I wrote all of the above and will be writing most, if not all of our blog entries for the foreseeable future, since i’m the one with the time and inclination to do such things (edit, 3/1/13 - Michael is now much more active here). If you’re a fan of the group Bread, you may have noticed that the style of the biographical studies I just composed was heavily influenced by (ripped off from) the similar sections from the insert of their second album On The Waters and their songbook Bread Complete. Yes, I am very much musically influenced by Bread, the early Glyn Johns-produced Eagles, and the Clarence White/Gene Parsons era of the Byrds whereas Michael comes from more of the CSN/Y, Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers angle although we both like all of them. In any case, enjoy our groovy world of music, and feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas …