Wednesday 19 February 2020

Backstage with with Solid Gone

To coincide with the release of its latest EP, SoGlos goes backstage with local band, Solid Gone, to discuss the Gloucestershire gig-scene, drunken barn dancing and an eclectic range of inspiration.

Hi guys, tell our readers a little bit about the band.

Solid Gone has been around for roughly two years in some form or another. There are four of us, Luke sings and plays guitar, Jake on drums, Glen on the double bass and Jordan plays Harmonica.

Luke: Our style is a bit of a mish-mash of blues, rock, skiffle, gospel, funk, punk and folk. We have been described as ‘Gloucesterbilly’ and as ‘Bad ass Hombre Boogie’!

Jordan: We don’t really have a main style, I guess the best thing to do is to pop down to one of our gigs and make up your mind for yourself.

How did you all get together?

Glen: We got together one very messy New Year’s Eve jam about two years ago, we were all friends before so everything just kind of fell into place.

Jordan: Luke and Jake are brothers and they have been playing music together for a long time, they were previously in a band called ‘Yours’ but wanted to experiment with a different style and that’s where me and Glen stepped in – that New Year’s Eve party was amazing and who would have thought that a bit of a mess around would be the start of Solid Gone!

How did you come up with the band name?

Glen: After much debate, we settled on ‘Solid Gone’, this is a line from The Jungle Book from the scene right before King Louis’ ‘Walk Like You’ musical number.

Do you have any singles, EPs or albums out?

Luke: we’re just about to release our first EP, Mr Loverman, which Jake recorded at home with Lee Pyart. We’ll have it at gigs and some tasters on our Facebook page.

And what would you say the band’s main influences are?

Luke: I Listen to lots of proper old blues like Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Son House, Blind Willie Mctell and Bukka White, but also 1960s and 70s music like the Kinks, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath up to stuff like Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead.

Glen: Main influences would be a lot of gospel and slave music from the cotton fields in the deep south of America.

Jake: for me it’s PJ Harvey, Lonnie Donnagan and Tom Waits

I notice you play in Gloucester venues such as Café Rene a lot; do you have a loyal fan base?

Glen: We do have a very modest following in Gloucester and there are several bars we regularly play, we always seem to get good feedback but are yet to be asked to sign any breasts yet!

Jordan: I would say awareness of Solid Gone is continuously growing, there are a few familiar faces we see on a regular basis but it’s always good to hear feedback from people that have never heard of us too.

Who goes to your gigs?

Jordan: That’s one of the best things; the people who go to our gigs can range dramatically making for a very interesting crowd.

Luke: Yeah they’re all great – they’ve all become experts in the art of drunken barn dancing!

What’s your favourite Gloucestershire venue?

Luke: Too many to choose from but we’re always well looked after at the Cross Keys, Cafe Rene, The Fountain, Peppers and The Miner’s Arms

Jordan: One of my personal favourites is the Cross Keys’ great vibe, good crowd and I would say Sue and Mickey have a genuine interest in supporting the local bands.

Glen: Favourite venue has to be Rene for gigs but for personal enjoyment the mini festivals like Milestone and The Wellie are always fun to play.

Jake: It’s got to be the Rene for me too. It’s always busy and a good night out after.

Where would you most like to play in the country?

Glen: It would have to be Glasto or Reading. I can’t imagine the buzz you’d get from playing to a 20,000 strong crowd.

Jordan: Although I would agree with Glen and love to play a huge festival, for now I want to spread out a bit further and play regularly in Bristol. There are some interesting venues and it’d be great to get more involved in the Blues music scene.

Last or best local gig you went to?

Luke: I play a lot of stripped down blues with Damon T who’s always fantastic – he comes up to jam with the band a lot of the time too! King Solomon or anything Kingsley does is really good, Wet Cheese are a great laugh and I like Alex Petrie’s stuff for a more chilled out vibe.

Jordan: King Solomon is without a doubt one of the best local bands out there and if you haven’t had a chance to catch them I would strongly recommend!

What global band or artist would you most like to support and in which global venue?

Glen: For a current band I would say Radiohead – although our styles might clash. A big dream would be playing with many artists on Jools Holland. That’s how I think I’d know we’d made it.

Recommend one album to our readers you don’t think they will have discovered.

Luke: The Complete by Blind Willie Johnson.

Glen: Soul of a Mann by Manfred Mann.

Number one ambition?

Glen: Quitting my job and playing music full time.

Luke: At the risk of taking myself too seriously, to be properly understood.

Jordan: To be happy and grateful even in the hardest of times.

What advice would you give to local bands trying to make it in the industry?

Jake: Gig as much as you can and don’t give up.

Glen: I would say enjoy it, do as many gigs as you can and just don’t stop enjoying it that’s the main thing.

Where can SoGlos readers expect to see you in a year’s time?

None of us have a clue. Probably still playing but hopefully with a little bit more knowledge and experience!

For more information or to keep up-to-date with the band’s latest news visit directly.

By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Monday 08 June 2015

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