Black Country melodic hard rockers Soley Mourning, who have already built a major live following all around the Midlands, let alone Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Holland, have truly stepped up to the plate with their third studio album, ‘Zaire’, released on Saltdog Records, distributed via Code 7, on October 24th. Containing ten perfectly formed cuts of classic, blues tinged, fluid, funky hard rock tracks, ‘Zaire’ marks a major milestone in Soley Mourning’s progression toward the limelight.
A stunning video for the first single (& track) on the album, ‘Deadman’s Town’ has already been filmed and edited; check it out here:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2NGlvXsnkI
Soley Mourning were formed in 2006 by distinctive vocalist Mat Partridge, guitarists Tone Chambers and Andy Guest, bassist Dattani and drummer Chris Smith. Their bluesy debut album ‘Mambo County’, released in 2006, received such positive reviews that Soley Mourning were invited to headline a tour of Belgium, their first foreign foray, in 2007.
Their second album ‘Remove, Replace, Rewire’, released early in 2009, was a much harder edged offering which won over fellow Midlands rockers Magnum, who invited Soley Mourning to tour Europe with them as Special Guest act at the end of that year.
By this time drummer Chris Smith had quit and had to be swiftly replaced by accomplished tub thumper Ash ‘Mash’ Garbett, just in time for the tour. The Magnum tour turned out to be a more than Spinal Tap type experience for Soley Mourning, who soldiered on through broken down tour buses, lost (vital) luggage, accident, injury and sheer bad luck, but still managed to get to every gig by the skin of their teeth, and win over every avid audience.
Returning to the UK, and on a high, totally fired up by the fantastic responses they received on the Magnum tour, Soley Mourning began writing ‘Zaire’, in 2010. Nudged in a more mainstream, funky direction by new drummer ‘mAsh’, a horde of catchy, well crafted gems of compositions soon emerged. The ten best, which were selected by co-producers Mark V Stuart and Sheena Sear were then recorded at Mad Hat Studios in the winter and Spring of 2011 to become ‘Zaire’, the band’s most accomplished and polished opus to date.
Rock, Blues, Soul