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Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun


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Anarcho-anglo storytellers JL&tSS deliver their blend of country-folk/punk - the most energetic, poetic and engaging British folk music in the UK today. In two short years the band have incessantly toured the country playing alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Dry the River, Johnny Flynn, Alessi’s Ark and Pete Doherty amongst many others, their visceral approach to live performance often takes them from the stage into the crowd for intimate singalong moments, impressing crowds everywhere they go. In mid 2010 they released debut album ‘Atlases’ (produced by MPG Engineer of the year and double Gammy nominated producer James Towler) through istartedthefire records to critical acclaim and airplay from Steve Lamacq on Radio 2, Kerrang Radio and BBC Introducing – including being named BBC Gloucestershire Introducing’s ‘Band of 2010’. During the summer they performed at major and independent festivals such as Big Chill, Wychwood and Y-Not, including one of the highest attended perfomances on the second stage at 2000 Trees Festival last summer alongside Goldheart Assembly, The Subways and more and have just returned from a stint as main support for Frank Turners Sold Out UK tour including an NME Awards showcase.

The young quintet draw influence from a plethora of alt. country folk artists and hardcore punk bands alike, opting to mould these influences with a strong political ethic and a ‘play-til-you’re-dead’ attitude to live performance to create an innovative and arresting sound, crammed with hook -filled soaring harmonies

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  • ShirkHorse

    I saw Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun at the Waterfront Studio in Norwich last night, and it was a wonderful gig. I particularly enjoyed the moment where the band left the stage and played 'Boat Song' acoustically in the middle of the floor, while the crowd stood around them in a circle; it really was quite magical. I hope Jim and the band weren't disheartened by the low turnout- I think it was largely due to the date change and the issue with there being no support acts. They are really talented, and I can fully see them following in the footsteps of people like Frank Turner and doing very well. They are honestly one of the best live acts I have ever seen.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
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    Anyone else having trouble scrobbling Sail Me Down the River? I'm assuming it's because it's only 15 seconds long but I am still a bit annoyed!

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  • Lawman_05

    Finally got around to buying the album and its fantastic. Can't wait to see them supporting Frank Turner in November :)

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • chump86

    Oh, Fuck. This is amazing.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • omgclara

    I saw them on Thursday at the Barfly and they were incredible! Definitely going to be big.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • msuk

    The new album is brilliant, hopefully it gets the recognition it deserves

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • katiejuice

    these guys are fantastic.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply

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