With their 2016 debut album 'Bruises' receiving rave reviews and reaching No. 19 on the NZ Local album charts, number 11 on the Independent NZ Music Albums, and Taite Music Nomination, The Solomon Cole Band have 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 stomp of rock'n'roll 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.
Their aim was to create a set of explosive and exalted rock'n'roll blues, soul-based songs that NZ Blog 13th Floor recently 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, Mark Lannegan, Bailter Space and Led Zeppelin, adding that trance type boogie in a modern take on traditional music.
Graham Reid from Elsewhere recently wrote: "Astonishing! For many years, much more than a decade, Elsewhere has written about how paint-stripping singers like Janis Joplin and more recently the stunning Beth Hart must scare the bejezzus out of all those bedroom-bound sleeve sucking young women songwriters whose best line seems to be a whine about having their wee heart broke.
Well, welcome to the thunder-dome, wall-shaking intensity and the nail-hard vocals of Sophia Fa'alogo ( Co-lead vocalist for The Solomon Cole Band)"
Having supported anything from Martha Davis and The Motels to Europe's MY BABY, The Solomon Cole Band deliver what veteran NZ engineer Nick Abbott describes as, "‘Bruises’ is a monument to a scene, a freedom and independence. Long may it continue"
Here's what the reviews said:
"With a tight rhythm section that has the elasticity of a bungee rope, The Solomon Cole Band have hit the motherlode" ****Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times
"Raw and evidently talented, let them Ring Your Bell."Ania Glowacz, NZ Musician
"These guys have obviously been long time devoted students of the school of rock and in this album they're teaching a master class in how to rock like the greats." Music Net
"Can't think of another New Zealand band who could so persuasively sing, “Take the gasoline and pour it on the Limo” on the thrilling Fighting Fires.That's heroic . . . and the Solomon Cole band are all that . . . and more." Graham Reid-Elsewhere