King Solomon is a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10 strong collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013.
King Solomon marched onto the festival circuit in 2016 to play Boomtown Fair, One Love Festival & Clifftop Party, coinciding with the release of the highly anticipated debut album, 'CEASEFIRE'.
To top off an action packed 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows.
Without rest, the band are now working on new material and rehearsing a spectacular show for 2017's performances.
Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70's & 80's yet original in style. King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.
"Big tunes!" - Dennis Bovell
"The King Solomon Band bring their own vibe to the world of reggae music and their vibes truly hit the spot every time. This is portrayed on their album Ceasefire which is certainly is my album of the year 2016" -
Andy V - The Random Reggae Show - Swindon 105.5 (fm)
'Cheltenham based ten piece reggae outfit King Solomon may only be in their fifth year as a band but have already established themselves both locally and nationally. With a string of impressive releases and a number of high profile festival performances at the likes of Boomtown and One Love, the band have courted attention from the likes of both Dennis Bovell and Brinsley Forde (of Aswad fame), as well Behind The Scene magazine, who back in 2014 crowned the group 'Band Of The Year'. In more recent times the band have been hard at work writing, recording and self producing a brand new album at a number of Gloucestershire based community studios, resulting in six new tracks and five dub remixes that should see King Solomon cement their reputation as one of UK's finest purveyors of roots reggae by adding elements of blues, soul, funk and even rock to create their own unique twist on the genre.
The album opens with the gloriously infectious, elastic rhythm of 'We All Make Mistakes', throw in a handful swirling keyboards, funky horns, a touch of blues harmonica and the obligatory choppy reggae guitars, turn
up the heat and simmer before frontman, Kingsley Salmon, delivers an instantly addictive, laid-back roots-reggae drawl. They follow up with Go, an end of relationship lament highlighting a jazz element working hand in hand with their love of reggae, the band's freewheeling horn section are given space to shine, whilst a tinkered piano also joins the mix of pattered percussion and bouncy bass as the band stretch out and offer a fresh look at the reggae genre. If the jazzy strands surprise, the band's take on
Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' will simply astound, as the band give the rock classic a major makeover. A combination of dub like rhythms and parping
horns replace the down-tuned rock riffs of the original (although Salmon show off his own rock chops with an impressive guitar solo of his own), as they reinvent, making the song very much their own, a trick they repeat later on with the glorious Snake Eyes Dub mix, twisting further new shapes from the Sabbath anthem. Proving there's more to King Solomon than meets the eye, 'Run For Cover' sees the band delivera lyrically hard hitting state of the nation address, asking how, in 2017, we can still tolerate racist and fascist behaviour, the message delivered on the backon an undeniable hook that's absolutely impossible to ignore. The five Breadwinner remixes are each worthy of their own merit, as the self confessed analogue lover cuts up the King Solomon originals, upping bass levels, twisting and tweaking, creating glorious slabs of dancefloor friendly dub, whilst being mindful to retain each of the track's original grooves with the aforementioned 'Snake Eyes Dub' and 'Dub Temptations' mix of 'We All Make Mistakes' particularly worthy of note.
In The Snakepit has it all - an infectious summery vibe, plenty of addictive hooks, inventive twists and lyrical, socially conscious bite. Who would have thought that not so sunny Cheltenham would produce one of the must have reggae albums of the year!' - Will Munn, Slap Magazine
King Solomon 2016 Line-Up
King Solomon Band is made up of many working musicans and the line up changes fequently, here are the core members who have been with the group since its birth
Songwriter/Lead Vocal & Guitar