Tag Archives: soley mourning

Soley Mourning

With support from Hightale.

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 5th April 2014.

I’ve been a fan of Soley Mourning for a fair few years now and with each and every album of theirs that I’ve frantically purchased and at all of the gigs that I’ve been privileged to attend, there has always been a quality and a presence about these guys that I can only describe as the West Midlands WOW factor.

Tonight, The Slade Rooms played host to the launch of Soley Mourning’s latest album ‘The Rocket Pool’ and as far as albums go, it very quickly qualified as a must have repeat player, as once again it boasts all the integral rock ‘n’ roll ingredients that this band possess. To check out Xenia Seurat’s review of the album for Music224, click HERE.

Getting things started tonight were the wickedly entertaining West Midlands based, Hightale. Consisting of Scot Griffiths (vocals), Jonboy Rowley (guitar), Richard Bloomer-Davies (guitar), Steven Bell (bass) and Phillip Newbury on drums, Hightale are one of those bands who quickly cut to the rock ‘n’roll chase and tonight they were on their finest of form.

Steven Bell - Hightale

Scot Griffiths was a front man on a mission tonight and that mission being to make sure everyone at The Slade Rooms was ready for a great night and he certainly got the response he wanted as the audience were in fine voice aswell tonight. A great start to the evening from Hightale and a truly impressive effort in the building of their own designer mic stand!

Scot Griffiths - Hightale

Soley Mourning were first born back in 2006 and in their current entity, the band comprises of Mat Partridge (vocals), Andy Guest (guitar), Tone Chambers (guitar), Dattani (bass) and Lloyd Daker on drums. As a band, they now stand out stronger than ever and their new album ‘The Rocket Pool’ boasts a wealth of consistently well written songs that whilst pulsing through the veins of classic rock are also tinged with a touch of blues and a social conscience, and as always, each song that they’ve penned serves to highlight Soley Mourning’s enduring ability for being a band of seriously talented musicians.

Lloyd Daker - Soley Mourning

With the launch ready for take off and the audience ignited, Soley Mourning’s set exploded into action with ‘Double Drop’ and was seamlessly followed up with ‘Way Down Low’ and their first airing of one of their new tracks ‘Shark Eyes’. No audience favourite was left unplayed as their set progressed and a few new favourites were made aswell judging by the reaction received to ‘Accidental Enemies’ and ‘Last Of These Nine Lives’.

Dattani - Soley Mourning

With so much energy flowing both on and off stage, the launch of ‘The Rocket Pool’ hit just the right spot, making the night nothing short of triumphant!

Mat Partridge - Soley Mourning

Tonight’s set list included: 1. Double Drop 2. Way Down Low 3. Shark Eyes 4. Zaire 5. She’s Gonna Make It Shine 6. But If Defeat Was Ever Glorious 7. Nothing Ain’t Nearly Enough 8. Midday Moonshine 9. Remove Replace Rewire 10. Accidental Enemies 11. So Long Song 12. Turn Yourself Around 13. Only Embers 14. Tomorrow Never Comes 15. Wake Up Callin 16. Groundhog Saturday 17. Easylife 18. Deadman’s Town. Encore included ‘Last Of These Nine Lives’, ‘Gimme Sumthin’ and ‘Going Down To Rio’.

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Soley Mourning

‘The Rocket Pool’ Review.

So last week I had a very special delivery! What was it you ask? It was Soley Mourning’s latest album, ‘The Rocket Pool’!

For those who don’t know, and honestly how could you not, Soley Mourning are a five piece, melodic classic rock band from the West Midlands, featuring Mat Partridge – Vocals, Tone Chambers on Guitar, Andy Guest on Guitar, Dattani on Bass and Lloyd Daker on Drums.

Soley Mourning - The Rocket Pool

Formed in 2006 the band already has three studio albums, with ‘The Rocket Pool’ being their fourth!

Soley Mourning have a distinct sound, with an easy to listen to base-y rock back line, plus super funky vocals and interesting guitar solos so you can see why they are rolling out the tunes!

Moving on to ‘The Rocket Pool’….

The new album featuring ten tracks, opens with ‘Last Of These Nine Lives’ which is a substantial track at 6:41mins. This track has a gravel toned guitar intro, leading into Mat’s distinctive vocals that promise it to be a strong first to the album and it doesn’t disappoint as the accompaniment of Tina V and her softer female vocal works beautifully with Mats’. My only criticism would be perhaps that the vocals could sit within the music rather than on top of it but the track is easy to listen to and structured beautifully! Sit and relax, listen to it in the car or hey, jump about with the cat because this one is a good ‘un!

Second on the listing is ‘Accidental Enemies’ and this track follows the previous one with real class. It is catchy and funky and if you like a little rock in your music, here it is…! This track has all you could want, from great vocals, OK, again maybe a little over the music, but you know what, the more I listen to the album the less this bothers me, great melody, solid guitar and bass! Bring up those drums and it’d be just perfect! Great, love it!

Bring on ‘Turn Yourself Around’ and what a different piece of music to the previous tracks! Vocal harmonies, waves of sound and full on funky! The flow of the chorus sits well within the track with the punchy bite of the verse and guitar solos all just adding to this tracks appeal! I can almost imagine the argument in these strong words especially the closing line… “Oh, have you only got the one agenda? No, and I am wasting time depending on ya!”

The fourth track on the album has a slightly heavier rock sound than its predecessor and starts as it means to go on! ‘Shark Eyes’ captures the slow drawn out guitar and vocals that are mixed with a faster and jumpy melody and keeps you guessing throughout – it’s smooth, it’s funky, it’s bold and you very much feel those eyes bearing down on you! It’s a quick one tho at only 3:10mins so don’t miss it!

‘Gumstream’! Well, what a beautiful intro that builds to a delicate guitar riff with vocals that come in with an equal amount of calm and delicacy. Then with a tempo change, the tune opens up building on that soft foundation with strength of dedication! A great Melody that is well centred around the baseline!

We next come to the title track, ‘The Rocket Pool’ with its abundance of gravel tones, strong drums, catchy bass and guitar, that all open this track with a bang! This track is just all there – it is together and it feels tight! With a middle track shift, we see down tempo break, then back to all cylinders go! “Rise like a rocket from the bottom of the pond!” It sure does, uplifting, powerful and over too soon!

You know what, over too soon it might be but when followed by ‘The Unmaking Of A Rational Mind’, you don’t mind. The synchronicity between the two songs works well together and makes for great track placement on the album. This track has so many lyrics and is a very involved piece of music which has a clear message to convey which only Mat could get across with his smooth funky tones. Take the time to listen to the words here, (if you don’t normally, that is) it just works!

Ooooh, ‘Seed Of Doubt’ next and this is a melodic rock song of two parts, seriously easy to listen to and almost gentle in its flow – I said almost! With its lingering lyrics, high notes and punchy drums, there is certainly no doubt that this is a pleasure to listen to!

We move onto the penultimate track on the album, ‘Only Embers’ which opens well with an intro that is great, powerful and tuneful! The break in the vocal comes just when you want it to and it doesn’t hang about either, making this track come alive with melody! With a strong tuneful vocal harmony that compliments Mat’s powerful voice but in the absence of competition on the ears, the vocals on this track simply work!

Then, last but certainly not least, we have ‘So Long Song’ which is dedicated to Paul. This track is primarily quite far removed to the previous nine as it has a soft and gentle soul to it which builds gradually from a folky back line! I am getting feelings of Noah and his gentle Whale when I listen to this and when it comes out of the shadows with a down pour of flowing melodic crescendo and string symphony, the phrase “remember you are my brother, and you ain’t heavy”, make this a stunning finish to what I found an enjoyable and easy on the ear new album!

Review by Xenia Seurat.