INTRO: Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun


Words: Rhys Buchanan

During the late 70′s The Sex Pistols probably would have left you in a puddle of blood if you suggested they try a song in the style of Simon & Garfunkel. In today’s very different world, it’s a proven fact that when punk and folk collide the end result is simply mammoth; Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun prove this.

Since arriving in 2010 the acclaim that’s followed the Cheltenham band hasn’t yet foundered, sticking to an intensive touring schedule they’ve grown a small but dedicated following which includes the likes of Frank Turner. Jim Lockey certainly knows how to deliver an emotion-fuelled performance - made even more impacting by a tight rhythm section, with every dramatic pause. Self-belief cuts through in each lyric and it’s evident that plenty of work has gone into honing this unique style.

If you’re wondering when you’ll next get a chance to catch these fella’s then I come bearing good news, as part of their upcoming tour the band are stopping off on at The Louisiana on October 1st. With tracks like ‘England’s Dead’ and ‘A Song About Death’ likely to make an appearance, it’s not one to be missed… there’s even the odd swearword. Take that, folkies.

For tickets and more info head to the official event.

Check out ‘England’s Dead’ right here: