Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun have fought tooth and nail to secure a place as one of the hardest working bands in the UK. Travelling the length and breadth of the country delivering their passionate blend of folk/rock they’ve garnered critical acclaim and admiration with each new city visited. After signing with Xtra Mile Recordings (home to Frank Turner, Future of the Left and Against Me!) and releasing their second album “Death” in April, the band has filled the past 18 months playing rapturously received sets at festivals across the globe, smashed through two UK headline tours, were branded as ‘Next Hype’ on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and backed Frank Turner at the Olympics Opening Ceremony to an estimated audience of 25million people.
Beginning life in 2009 following Lockey’s year long solo career the rise of The Solemn Sun saw the band release debut album ‘Atlases’ in 2010 on Lockey’s own istartedthefire records and take to the road for next 4 years non-stop. Produced by double Grammy nominated James Towler, the band’s debut drew attention from 6Music and Radio 1 alike and paved the way for continuous touring commitments. Last year’s follow up entitled “Death” has cemented them as the rock powerhouse they are today, forgoing the folk sensibilities of their first album the band’s material now resides comfortably within their heavier influences whilst retaining the honesty and charm of their earlier folk songs. Featuring the singles “Wishing Well”, “A Song About Death” and the towering “England’s Dead”, it wonderfully encapsulates the band’s vast sound. A truly arresting record crammed with hook-filled harmonies, innovative rhythms and passionately honest lyrics, surely making JL&TSS one of the most exciting new bands in British music.
Their non-stop touring ethic shows no sign of slowing down as the band joined Frank Turner last November on his huge UK band and solo tours. Beginning 2013 in earnest the band have completed a 30 date UK headline run, supported Dropkick Murphy’s on their recent US tour and made a welcome return to SXSW. With no signs of slowing the Cheltenham based quartet have begun work on album number 3, ahead of a single release and UK tour in September following a busy summer festival season and plans to return to the states in the winter.
“Amazing. A beautiful piece of music with a heavy message” Zane Lowe
“A Mumford-like blend of folk, country and punk” NME
“Corking debut from rising UK rockers… Acoustic-led songs that bristle with an energy redolent of a punk rock record collection and love concerts in hot rooms. A blast.” 4/5 Kerrang!
“Death is a triumph… equal parts Gaslight Anthem and Frank Turner” 5/5 Big Cheese
“…One of, if not the best, singer-songwriters I’ve met… Deserves to be massive” Frank Turner
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