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 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 and more.
Their aim was to create a set of explosive and exalted indie-trance driven swamp blues that NZ Blog 13th Floor referred to as "hearkening a cross between QOTSA , The Black Keys and Tina Turner". The band also cite somewhere between artists like The John Spencer Blues Explosion, Howlin' Wolf,Mark Lannegan, Massive Attack, various electronica and Led Zeppelin, 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)"
The Bruises Tour extended through to April 2017 with dates in Australia as well as strengthening their connections to European soil, then the band will be back in the studio with engineer Nick Abbott (The Datsuns, Goldenhorse) to start work on the follow up record.
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.
A LITTLE SOUTH OF HEAVEN
The power of four in a new formation. "A Little South Of Heaven" is the forthcoming record. Again things are heating up as the band prepares for the release of their 2nd album, engineered and produced by Nick Abbott once more. The ethos this time around is to record fully analog, keeping only to 8 tracks in order to try and make the biggest noise we can within the confines of that sonic parameter.
"A Little South Of Heaven" track listing is as follows 1) Little Darling 2) Call Your Maker 3) Blackbird 4) The Day I Died 5) A Little South Of Heaven 6) Secrets 7) Bones 8) Another Mourning ( Jet Black) 9) Sacred Woman