Live. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun

“Is this how the story ends? I was lost in the battle, my friend. Remember me as the man who loved.”


Live. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun
With, The Trouble With Templeton

The Boileroom, Guildford. 4th September, 2013.


No instrument comes with as much stigma as the acoustic guitar. Just think; how many times a band armed with an acoustic has been written off as folk, how often a song featuring the cutting twang of guitar has an apparent folkly influence. Irregardless of protest, the masses seem to be winning.

The Trouble With Templeton have travelled all the way from Australia with all the basic components for a folk band. They’ve also arrived with a clairvoyant twist. Plucky electro murmurs and stuttering, yet palatable drums turns gift the lyrical beauty with dream-laced edge. Throughout the set there’s moments of grand darkness and uplifting light but through all of this, a constant sense of wonder is threaded, without apology.

The aching delicacy of Death, coupled with the consuming power that drives it, has long been idly pigeonholed into the folk-rock genre. Eighteen months since its unveiling, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are at a point where they can stand tall, stand proud and question this presumption.

Tonight’s show is in support of Wilderness Of A Wild Youth, the first new music since Death and the first crippling blow to the folk label.  The excitement is clear to see from the off. Set opener, New Natives has mutated into a monster. Limbs crashing, teeth bared but, as with all great poetic beasts, the beating heart of a man.

New songs, Wilderness Of A Wild Youth and Ruin both see Jim swap acoustic for electric and the results are predictably grandiose. The violent passion we’ve grown accustomed to is amplified and the snarls battle smirks, as The Solemn Sun reign free. 

Through the singalong swells, The Solemn Sun emerge as frontrunners, not backing band. With a free-spirited aggression the guitar bounds, the bass punish and the drums cascade, all with little regard for anything outside the movement of the crowd. Jim still leads the crowd, but when the songs mean so much, to so many, it becomes a mutual exchange of emotion.

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun have always been outside the flimsy construct of genre. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun always been brilliant. If this is the shape of things to come their definition will remain a struggle but their brilliance, unquestionable. 


~ by justdip on 10/10/2013.

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