Soraia, New Music

Philadelphia rockers Soraia hit the Billboard’s Top 40 ahead of their upcoming new album release. 

Big rock doesn’t get the respect it should in a charting world of pop, trap, bros country, and all things Harry Styles. That’s why it is not only impressive to see a band such as Soraia hitting the Billboard charts’ upper reaches. It’s doubly cool that Soraia is flush out of Philadelphia.

Touted by the legendary likes of Joan Jett as rock’s next big thing (“Soraia is an extraordinary, exciting, and ‘sure to make waves’ band who I love and admire” she has been quoted as saying), lyricist and lead singer ZouZou Mansour’s crunching mostly-metal ensemble already made waves with its previous studio recordings on Little Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records label such as its 2021 single “Tight Lipped” and their 2020 breakthrough album Dig Your Roots. Plus, Soraia does a mean cover of KISS’ “Strutter”.

For album number three, Bloom – due out in October – Soraia’s still-freshly released single, “I Seek Fire” has hit the top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart. As far as charting music goes, that’s a big deal. 

The Philadelphia band’s label boss, Van Zandt, certainly knows smart, charting rock when he hears it (see his longtime involvement as Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band captain), and is quoted in Soraia’s press legend as saying, “You do not want to miss one of the greatest of the new bands! For those of you who think rock is dead, come to have your faith renewed.” 


The Billboard success of “I Seek Fire” comes in time for its two shows opening for Joan Jett this week, and Soraia just dropped a video for that single, directed by Sam Shapson (videos for Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Demi Lovato, Oliver Tree, Thrice, Corey Taylor, All Time Low, MKG, Poppy) which streams here

“Ultimately, our new album is about rising above all of the slights, injuries, and traumas we’ve all experienced – personally and together – and positioning ourselves into a new place we’ve chosen,” writes Mansour on the subject of Bloom. “A place with renewed courage and vitality. We realize we are all deserving of a life driven by our choices and power.”

Soraia will be back in the Philly area on November 26 at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville and December 10 at Kung Fu Necktie Bloom in Philadelphia for an album release party.

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