Published on April 9, 2012 by Amy
Souls On Monday is a five piece band from the Coushatta tribe of Louisiana, based out of a little town called Elton. The band started back in 1989, teaching each other and learning only by ear. The four original members are Rayne Langley (vocals), Ricky John (guitar), Gabriel Castillo (bass), and Roland Castillo (drums). Later in the years they were joined by another guitar player, Wayne Wilson. Their sound is very melodic with some heavy driving grooves, and their originals have a touch of classic, metal, grunge and so on.
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Souls on Monday was once called Trail of Tears when they first started out as a cover band, entertaining audience with their selected covers through the years with music from the classics such as ZZ Top to mainstream rock such as, Creed and Nickelback. Their dreams were accomplished by setting little goals. What I mean about little steps is that they didn’t ask for much. Their dreams were to learn to play first then play in front of an audience, maybe at some little party. They practiced in a small community center on the reservation for about 2 years before deciding to play in front of a large crowd, which were maybe 20 people. As the years went by they were getting pretty tight in their music and more offers to play at some venue. To be honest it was very hard for this band to be accepted into certain and more popular venues, but that never stopped them from trying and playing anywhere and anytime they could.
In 2001, the band decided to change the name to Souls on Monday and also change their sound to a darker, hard driving and with some cool catchy melodies. For years they’ve been searching for their own sound but could never find it. One goal was to write their own music and not to put out just anything, so it took 10 years to finally find the sound they’ve been looking for and it’s been well worth the wait.
2003 is the year they would break out and finally get noticed. Mixing their set list with covers and originals was doing really well and getting more requests for their originals. Because their originals were doing so well, they wanted to do a show playing only their music and see what kind of response they would get. Well their chance to showcase only their music had arrived when they heard a Beaumont rock station, Big Dog 106 was holding a battle of the band contest. With a very positive attitude they entered the contest and out of 40 to 45 bands they took first and a chance to play at Dog Jam 3 main stage with 3 Doors down, Sevendust, Seether, Revis, Shinedown, Element 80, and Presence.
Since then they’ve been featured on local and surrounding newspapers. Other native reservations around the states caught wind of the band and asked to be interviewed for their newspaper, magazines, and radio stations. But not only native people have approached them. Local radio stations are asking for their music to air. Their full length self produced CD will be out at the end of April and hoping to get a little tour to support their CD. The band was chosen to showcase their music at the New York Music Festival in April of 2004. A lot of their little goals have been met but finally their ultimate goal is left and that is of course, to be signed to a major label and let the world hear the music of Souls on Monday.