Revolution with Solemn Sun


An interview with Solemn Sun

“We want people to know that this is where it starts,” declares Chris Capewell upstairs at London’s Old Blue Last. Tonight he, alongside three friends from Cheltenham will unveil their new band. They’ve released one song online, Josef, and this is only their second gig, yet tonight they’re met with a capacity crowd and then some. Frank Turner is in the audience, but that, along with a handful of Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun T-shirts is the only reminder of a past life.

The four quarters of the now defunct Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are scattered around the sweltering room in an accidental recreation of Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. It’s not The Good, The Bad and The Ugly that’s stolen their focus though. It’s each other.

Tonight they allow a glimpse into their brave new world. Solemn Sun isn’t a rebrand, or a realigned sense of ownership. Solemn Sun is something shiny and new. And not just for the four men from Cheltenham.

The breakdown of the ‘Jim Lockey & the’ prefix came about quite naturally.” We got sick and tired of people telling us what we were, so we took our band back. This is what that is. Just us, doing what we always wanted to do. We got sick of people defining us instead of us defining us” explains Chris.

“To be honest, we just got to the end of the road with the last project. The band felt like it snowballed and became something else. It all seemed totally limited. The stuff we do now, there’s no way we could put that out under the old name” furthers Jim. The two of them do the majority of the talking, off-stage as well as on. The former is a bundle of fiery passion and grand ideals, the latter is a more reserved, considered statesmen. Despite the different approach, they both get an equal amount of airtime, complimenting rather than contrasting one another. This marriage of unlikely sorts is mirrored in their music. “At the roots of it, I’d say that we were a rock band because of the instruments we play. I like to think it’s more far-reaching that that though. (J)”

“There’s a spread of ages throughout the band, so we’ve got a lot of mixed influences and they cross over at certain points. There’s everything from real 80’s music, to more up to date touches. We reference Kanye West style production, A$AP Rocky. It’s a weird mishmash of everything our tastes have culminated into.(C)”

“It’s nice to do that, but not in a horrible, cheesy rock hybrid way. We’re not Limp Bizkit.(J)”

 There’s no grand vision for Solemn Sun. That would mean an end goal. A limit. Starting out, the four of them had no idea what they wanted to achieve, but in a matter of weeks they knew where they wanted their first steps to take them. It’s tonight. It’s a five track EP due for release October 13th. Suddenly, it’s clicked. “We talk about how we’ve never been so confident in anything we’ve done before. It’s a massively liberating feeling for us as people as well as creatively.(C)”

“We’re not ashamed to say, we want to be an arena band. For me, it’s how long it takes us to get there, not whether we will do it or not. That’s the drive. (J)”

The first taster of what they’re capable of is a self-titled EP. It’s the first step on an unknown journey, and it’s one with big ideas.

“I want them to feel immersed. I like the idea of people sitting down and listening to the record as a whole thing. Not thinking about anything else while they listen to it, and being a part of it. On a personal level, we’re proud of the people we are now, and proud of what we are as a group. You can definitely hear us in those songs but there’s definitely more to come.(J)”

“I think we all wanted to adjust people opinions on what they think they like, or where they think they sit socially. Music puts people in horrible social groups and I think we can bend that. We want to challenge how people think. We’d rather people fucking hate it than are impassive about it. All art should cause a reaction.(C)”

And that’s just what Solemn Sun do.

 “People are glad to hear something real. There’s so much shit music on the radio that means nothing. One thing that we’ve always done, and will continue to do, is fucking mean it. My worry about the industry, as a whole is the quick turnaround. I think it’s borne out of social media. Who are the next Coldplay, or Muse or U2? I don’t like these bands but they transcend the time that they’re from and become these giant bands that resonate through the years. I like to think that what we’ve done is something that will transcend. It’s real, and hopefully people can feel that. Hopefully it’ll resonate for a long time.(C)”

Although they never vocalise it, it seems that Solemn Sun are set to take on the mainstream. To change minds. Revolution, I hear you cry. “We’ll see where it takes it, I guess. I’m not going to deny the possibility of a revolution.” Jim ponders, a smirk dancing across his face. “Revolution,” Chris asks, “fucking damn right. “





~ by justdip on 05/09/2014.

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