Artist biog

Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun

Anarcho-Anglo storytellers JL & TSS deliver their blend of Alt. Country/Rock - the most energetic, poetic and engaging British 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 sing along 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 I started the fire 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’.

2012 has so far seen the band sign to Xtra Mile Recordings and be included in the NME’s ‘100 New Bands for 2012’; perform at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas as well as receive airplay on the Mike Davies Radio One Punk Show.

The bands second album (released 9th April 2012) entitled ‘Death’ encapsulates their vast sound into 11 tracks. Produced by Peter Miles and captured live over sporadic dates in 2011 the album draws 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 its performance to create an innovative and arresting sound, crammed with hook -filled soaring harmonies, country/punk rhythms and passionately honest lyrics.

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