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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Luke: The Complete by Blind Willie Johnson.
Glen: Soul of a Mann by Manfred Mann.
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.
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.
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 facebook.com/SolidGone4 directly.
By Alice Lloyd
Monday 08 June 2015
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