Emerging London band Solar Strides offer up a fun and punchy brand of 60s blues-infused alternative rock with tinges of indie. Frankly, it’s the kind of music that’s perfect for whiling away the hours stuck indoors while a pesky virus inhibits you from going outside.
The foundations of the band began with Luie (guitar) and Jack (vocals and lead guitar) playing in “some cool talent shows” together at school and things grew from there.
As Jack puts it: “Since then, our passion for music basically exploded. Whilst I was on a year abroad in Greece we spoke about getting a band together on my return due to our shared passion for particular artists and genres, and drive with regards to actually getting this done and getting it going in the right direction. We then found both Kieran (drums) and Hugo (bass) on what is essentially Tinder for musicians, and the rest is history, as they say!”
The latest offering of what they have to offer is Building Bridges, on which Jack told us: “Building Bridges received a different sort of reception to that of our first single, Electric. Whilst it wasn’t quite as popular, probably due to the fact it had less of a mainstream sound, what we did find was that it was appreciated and enjoyed more by a smaller and more committed demographic.
“We found that people who were into a kind of new-age punk sound were really dedicated with their commitment and appreciation of the track, whereas Electric had more of a general, less committed listener demographic.”
In our opinion, the fact that it appeals to a smaller demographic is a good thing, because most of the music that most people like is crap. So the lads are definitely onto a winner.
Building Bridges opens up with a creeping little guitar riff then a piercing high-pitched solo jumps in over a faster riff and drums. Jack’s fast-paced vocals take over, opening up with “Making plans to cancel last minute, You’re in the wrong but you’ll never admit it, Well are you sorry, No not even the least bit.”
The vocals continue alongside lively guitars and drums, then big shouts give way to the cool high-pitched guitar. Another energetic verse kicks in, then another guitar blitz drops into cool call and answer vocals that build up to a big catchy chorus.
It’s a fun, catchy track that’s big on energy, and you can check it out below:
The band has a range of different influences, with Jack being into new age indie music, from the Arctic Monkeys to bands such as Fickle Friends and Friendly Fires, plus a deep appreciation for classic rock bands such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Luie is a fan of bands with highly acclaimed guitarists, such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, which influences his playing. Hugo comes from more of a funk background, having previously been a member of various funk based bands back in his native Spain. While Kieran is influenced by bands such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lower the Atlantis, and Nickelback.
And on what inspires their sound, Jack explains: “At the moment, because we’re still fairly fresh to the scene, we’re trying not to confine ourselves to one particular sub-genre, but place ourselves under the umbrella of indie/alternative rock music. Whilst our first two releases, Electric and Building Bridges, had more of a punky rocky vibe, our next couple of releases that are coming out in March and April definitely have a different feel – still the same high emotion lyrics, but with softer and more subtle licks and riffs that probably aren’t quite as punky and rocky as previous releases. One thing that we can say for sure is that the tracks definitely have the same energy and danceable rhythms that we’ve been described as having before!”
2020 promises to be a busy year for the band – once this pesky Coronavirus has cleared off – with lots of gigs, hopefully a few festivals and some new tunes to share. They have a new single, Reality, out later this week, then release Winter Sun on 17 April. Plus they should be playing at The Workshop on Old Street in London on 18 April.
Jack adds: “We’re working on getting a few more gigs sorted – we love playing live and really enjoy seeing people loving our music! We have lots of material that we’re ready to record as well, so we’ll hopefully get some singles out over the summer too!”