Local Band combines grunge, blues, bluegrass, country and rock to form unique sound

In case you were wondering, the 90’s are back, and we’re not just talking about flannel shirts, baggy jeans and hanging out at the bowling alley — although all three play a role in what some may be calling the long awaited comeback of the century.

Local band, Social Soup has been combining grunge, blues, bluegrass, country and rock and roll to form a unique sound while subsequently remaking some 1990’s classics. Many performances took place at South County Lanes that just so happens to be owned by front man Bud Marrott. The combination of sounds and ambiance is sending many down memory lane while subsequently experiencing a one-of-a-kind sound. 

Bud Marrott (guitar & vocals), Caden Barney (Bass), perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.
Bud Marrott (guitar & vocals), Caden Barney (Bass), perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.

Marrott said that’s exactly what the band is hoping for. He also said that with a unique style, came a unique name. 

“When we were deciding on a name, it was just kind of one of those random things,” he said.  “It’s kind of a social media mash, and kind of like a stew of just everything that’s going on. It’s kind of the same as our style because we take elements of all the music that has influenced us over the years: the grunge and blues and bluegrass and country and rock and roll and we just kind of mashed it all together and we kind of came up with a pretty unique sound and style.”

The band is made up of four members. Scott Castillo on drums, Caden Barney on bass, and Rory Childs on guitar. Marrott said the band is made up of some really talented musicians, and he’s really happy with the way they work together.

Bud Marrott (guitar & vocals) and Caden Barney (Bass), perform at Black Jack's Bar.
Bud Marrott (guitar & vocals) and Caden Barney (Bass), perform at Black Jack’s Bar.

“I met Caden when playing for the show choir for ALA high school, and then Rory was my guitar teacher for a while and then we started playing for the Seventh Street Blues Band, which is another active band that we both play for,” Marrott explained. “Our relationship has just kind of grown from there and Scott and Caden knew each other from the ALA show choir where Scott used to play the drums with them as well. Caden came and sat in with us for the Seventh Street Blues Band a couple of times when we needed a bass player. We started out as a trio with another drummer, and then when that drummer left, we brought Scott on and then we brought Rory on and we’re just going strong. Most of the music we play are original songs, but we do a few cover songs.” 

One of those cover songs is 90’s hip hop classic, “I Wanna Get High” by Cypress Hill. The original song has a slower beat with a fast rap segment that many Gen X-ers pride themselves on being able to recite. Social Soup has recreated that song with their up-tempo sound, and Marrott showcases his vocals in a fast-paced rap that Cypress Hill frontman B-Real would be proud of. Social Soup Drummer Castillo said that this song is one of his favorites to play, adding that he also highly recommends the band’s original songs.

“‘I Wanna Get High’ is super fun because we usually close with it and we each have a big solo at the end,” Castillo said. “My personal favorite cover we do is a tie between ‘Brick House’ (by the Commodores) and ‘Put it in Me’ (by Matt Maeson). My favorite original is ‘No Good as friends.’ The grooves on all three are just so fun.”

Castillo, who has been with the band for almost a year now, said that he has enjoyed his time playing with them. 

Scott Castillo (Drums) perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.
Scott Castillo (Drums) perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.

“I think our band has a very fun and unique sound, and the guys are all so easy to get along with,” he said. “The vibes are immaculate!”

The band plays at other venues like Black Jack’s Bar in Spanish Fork, City Celebrations (book them now for your city event), Car Shows, Wee Blu Inn, and one at the Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin.

“We played over at Blackjack’s back in November with the rock band Hurricane Nicole and they’re probably going to go back and do some more there and I’m sure we’ll be playing,” Marrott said. “I know we’re going to work on some stuff for this summer. We’re trying to expand and actually do a music festival up at the Red Barn, but I don’t have all the details on that yet. Those are some of the things we do have kind of in the works.”

Rory Childs (guitar) perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.
Rory Childs (guitar) perform at Black Jack’s Bar with Social Soup.

The band has a few shows in the works, and those interested in knowing more can follow Social Soup on Instagram and Facebook.

Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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