Ural Thomas & The Pain is one of Portland’s own that is quickly trailing fire through peoples’ veins. Thomas has a set of brown eyes that is gentle and deep. Once the eyes meet you are hooked. He made genuine steady eye contact with as many he could and literary sang to each one. There is no voodoo magic, it’s all his unfathomable persona. The lyrics and sounds rival one of the biggest names of the current 60’s soul music. This is a band you want to consider to be the live music for that significant party.
Love and heartbreak is the typical recipe of soul and you would think they are all the same. No, it’s not. It all boils down to the performers and the balance of sounds. Their set was lively and the camaraderie between the band members was one of the most endearing sights. Every band member had an opportunity to shine. When some of the members got off-stage allowing Thomas perform his solos it was apparent they all admire each other’s performances.
A little dance party started when Thomas invited a shirtless man to step forward in front of the stage. It was a showcase of his enthusiasm channeling their sound. That encouraged others to join and that lit up the crowd even more. Thomas rallied up everyone to yell, ‘You Got Soul!’ At the end, it was hopeful everyone left with a ‘soul’ in every definition.