Live. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun


Live. Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun / The People The Poet at London’s Barfly. October 2nd 2012.

I first lost my heart to Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun when they played London’s Barfly as part of Xtra Mile’s ‘Night Before Wembley‘ showcase on April 12th 2012. Their stunning album, Death, was also released that week and the combination of their live show and glorious album quickly cemented them as one of my favourite new bands of the year. Six months later Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun returned to The Barfly, a headline act. They bought the fantastic The People The Poet along with them as support.

The People The Poet, formally Tiger Please, are a five-piece storytelling band from South Wales. Formed in 2008 but renamed in 2011 to better reflect the direction and aims of the band, The People The Poet have amassed a collection of songs built around stories sent in to them with various emotional resonances.  Live, The People The Poet are fantastic. Burdening the weight of other peoples tales, they present themselves with a quiet intensity that shadows their charming folk infused indie rock. They delivered an impassioned set that drew heavily from their upcoming album as they enchanted with an understated assurance.

Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun opened their set with a stunning rendition of ‘A Song About Death’ before playing a scolding set that focused heavily on latest release Death but also allowed the band to reminisce on previous releases. Furious and ragged, Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun created huge, angsty walls of furious sound, permeated by the sincere strumming of an acoustic guitar. This combination allowed the band to dance between beautiful ballads and crushing anthems with identical style and precision. These textured and glorious sounds meant the set was deep and varied, from an entirely acoustic ‘The Boat Song’ performed in the round, amidst the audience, to a bone shuddering New Natives that tore through the Barfly, a rumbling goliath of a track.

A bubbling, vicious rendition of  ‘England’s Dead’ closed the set as an impressive exclamation point to the evening and further proved that Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun have created a song so huge, it transcends the four of them and takes on pace and purpose of it’s own. ‘England’s Dead’ manages to maintain a delicate beauty that transfixes before the raw bite forces an emotive kick.

Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun are an impressive live force backed with a fantastic songbase and delivered with heartfelt belief making them an absolute delight to watch and listen to. A support slot on Frank Turner’s upcoming UK tour as well as whispers of a thirty date UK headline tour in the spring of 2013, mean Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun are thankfully staying on the scene for a while yet and with plenty of opportunities to hone their already superb skill set ahead, this is a band I can see going from strength to strength.


~ by justdip on 06/10/2012.

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