The long awaited release of Atlases, JL&TSS debut album is finally here. Since seeing them support Frank Turner last year I’ve become a great fan of Jim and the band and the launch couldn’t have come soon enough.
The launch itself is brilliant, the venue is great, the crowd getting well into the spirit and the guys are on top form. They constantly remind the audience that how much this release means to them. Perhaps the best part is when they come down to the audience to perform Boat Song, an acoustic track performed in the middle of the crowd. They play the entire the album, from start to finish, and after this I can’t wait to get home and listen to my copy album.
The album itself is excellent, released on I Started The Fire Records, a label also based in Cheltenham. My favourite track is number 3, Mothers and Fathers, which has been a favourite of mine since I first heard it, however it’s hard to say I have a favourite when all the tracks are so wonderful, with such clear messages and meaning. It’s well put together, the track order flows pleasantly and produces easy listening music.
It maybe easy to say the band are similar to many others of the recent folk bands that have surfaced, however they’ve put their own stamp on their music. It’s not just folk, it’s a mixture with indy and punk thrown in there as well. A mix that sits well with the superb lyrics, which are both current and relevant to todays world.
I am hugely impressed with the album, and I think it’s a safe bet to say the Jim Lockey and The Solemn Suns are a band to look for in the future.
Pictures from launch night up on http://www.concertphotography.co.uk