In the six-minute clip above, SOULMOTOR bassist Brian Wheat, along with lead vocalist, songwriter and video director Darin Wood, talk about how they first met, the beginnings of SOULMOTOR and the band’s new album, “Wrong Place At The Right Time!”.
Wheat and Wood recently documented a drug deal gone bad “Down In Mexico” by being in the “Wrong Place …At The Right Time”. The fictitious drug deal and more are stories set to song are all part of “Wrong Place At The Right Time!”, which was released last month via iTunes.
Wheat and Wood have created a cast of characters, including the more-than-shady Reefer-Man Sam who appears on both “Down In Mexico” and the title track. This low-life has double-crossed the FBI, double-crossed the mob and has even double-crossed his mom. A knife fight results in murder and Sam heads south of the border with a suitcase full of cash, a .45 in the glove box and a few tabs of mescaline playing pinball in his brain. Along the way, Sam picks up more bad news in a tight dress by the name of Lola De La Mota and by the time he reaches Mexico, he’s seduced by The Chick With No Name, ambushed by the cops and gets his own music video directed by none other than SOULMOTOR lead singer Darin Wood.
Wheat produced and engineered “Wrong Place …At The Right Time!” at his J Street Recorders that turned out to be the very last production ever done within the walls of the studio. A fire in September of 2010 destroyed J Street. Wheat is in the process of building a new studio, tentatively called The Trax.
SOULMOTOR’s release is on Wheat’s newly formed custom label, Good Seed Music, with partner Brian Clausman, a career-long marketing pro with a history of success stories with some of the leading brands in the U.S. Many years prior, Clausman’s dad owned a management company that signed three artists including … TESLA.
In addition to SOULMOTOR, Good Seed’s roster currently includes the pop/rock band BUILT BY STEREO and legendary photographer and published photojournalist Ross Halfin.
The controversial NC-17 rated version of the video for “Down in Mexico” is available now for viewing on SoulMotor.com. An R-rated version is available for purchase on iTunes and can be viewed below.
Wood created the SOULMOTOR CD package, accompanying series of artwork and cast of characters related to the SOULMOTOR project. Some of the characters have already been introduced to SOULMOTOR’s followers on the band’s Facebook page, with more to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Wood has over 15 years experience writing, directing, producing and editing film and video projects, as well as experience in exhibition. His background includes cartooning and graphic design, and for your horror film fanatics, Darin is a writer, director and producer of horror films and writes all of the stage shows for the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival.
While many are familiar with Wheat and his TESLA roots, SOULMOTOR is a departure, with one journalist describing SOULMOTOR as “pounding riff-rock” along with a “crushing rhythm section.”
SOULMOTOR was born under a full autumn moon in the city of Sacramento, California, home of Wheat, Wood and the former home of Arnold Schwarzenegger.