Introducing Xtra Mile Recording’s Newest Signings... Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun
‘Warriors’ – a fast paced and energetic musical gem, highlights their incredible blend of country-folk and indie-punk that makes them one of the most, poetic and engaging new bands in British music.
In two short years these anarcho-anglo storytellers have incessantly toured the country, including as main support on Frank Turner’s February 2011 UK Tour plus shows alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Dry the River, Johnny Flynn, Alessi’s Ark and Pete Doherty. In the summer they also performed at numerous festivals such as the Big Chill, Beautiful Days, Wychwood and Y-Not, including a packed performance as headliners on the second stage at 2000trees.
Their second album, titled ‘Death’, due out in April 2012, encapsulates the bands vast sound into 11 tracks, produced by Peter Miles (King Blues, Crazy Arm, Futures) the young quartet draw from a plethora of influences including alt. country folk and hardcore punk. Coupled with a strong political ethic and a “play-till-you’re-dead” attitude ‘Death’ is an innovative and arresting record, crammed with hook-filled soaring harmonies, innovative rhythms and passionately honest lyrics.
You can hear these new tracks live when the band hit the road for a short run of dates:
11 Swindon 12 Bar
12 London Dublin Castle
13 Oxford Wheatsheaf
14 Weymouth Lazy Lizard
15 Birmingham Asylum 2
17 Cheltenham Frog
Their 2010 debut “Atlases” (produced by MPG Engineer of the year and double Grammy nominated producer James Towler) received critical acclaim and airplay from Steve Lamacq on Radio 2, Kerrang Radio and BBC Introducing and has since sold out of its limited original pressing of 500 copies (Lockey’s 2008 solo debut “I’ll Be Neon” also sold out in its first year).
• "Never has music been so relevant" - BBC Introducing
• “...one of, if not the best, singer-songwriter I've met... Deserves to be massive" - Frank Turner
• "Lockey & Co... definitely ones to watch" - The Fly
• "Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun could be the British Bright Eyes" - is this music?