The Solomon Cole Band
With the release of their debut album 'Bruises' receiving rave reviews ( one of the years best releases by Mike Alexander Sunday Times) and reaching No. 19 on the NZ Local album charts, and number 11 on the Independent NZ Music Albums, and nominated for best debut album in 2016 for The Taite Music Prize, The Solomon Cole Band gathered a blues rock'n'roll momentum.
'Bruises' unleashed the band's full arsenal of blues with a melancholy, raw and ethereal sonic power and the infectious trance like stomp of redemption and soul power. Mix that with the formidable kick drum swagger of one of NZ's sexiest drummers, Dione Denize, and this quartet (all the way from the lush bohemian setting of Waiheke Island) are the most dance worthy rock'n'roll band in the country bar none. The ultimate blues crossover, they've opened for Martha Davis & The Motels, My Baby (Europe), The Animals (UK), The Supersuckers (US) and more.
Their aim was to create a set of explosive and exalted indie-trance driven swamp blues that NZ Blog 13th Floor once referred to as "hearkening a cross between QOTSA , The Black Keys and Tina Turner". The band also cited somewhere between artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Son House, Robert Johnson, Screaming Jay Hawkins, erstwhile adding that trance type boogie in a modern take on traditional music.
Graham Reid of Elsewhere wrote:
"Well, welcome to the thunder-dome of guitars (Stevie Ray!), wall-shaking intensity and the nail-hard vocals of Sophia Fa'alogo ( former co-lead vocalist for The Solomon Cole Band)"
In 2019 Solomon Cole returns with Lee Catlin (Bass), Dione Denize ( Drums) and the addition of new blues high priestess Ely Xir to the stage for the next chapter. The new album called “A Little South Of Heaven” will be the voodoo blues indie trance boogie and ritualistic rock n roll they’ve become noted for.
PHOTOGRAPHY 2019 BY BRENNA GOTJE
BRUISES VIDEO RELEASE
"BRUISES" the debut album made the Top 20 NZ Local Albums in its first week of release at number 19, and number 8 on Heat Seekers Fastest Rising Chart. A monumental achievement for the band. It also rose to number 11 on the Independent NZ Albums Chart.
The Solomon Cole Band made the list of nominees for last years Taite Music Prize 2017 for 'Bruises"- the band were also in the nominees for best album debut of 2016.
The subsequent video was filmed by director Amber Beaton.
RING YOUR BELL (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
BLAST FROM THE PAST - 3RD GIG 2014 (OPENING FOR THE MOTELS)
THE SOLOMON COLE BAND
All Photography By Brenna Gotje