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The Solomons


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"“No matter how you look at it, The Solomons are bringing their own fierce indie-rock style to the forefront of the Melbourne music scene and they are steadily cutting out a spot for themselves as a noteworthy band headed for bigger and better things.""

“No matter how you look at it, The Solomons are bringing their own fierce indie-rock style to the forefront of the Melbourne music scene and they are steadily cutting out a spot for themselves as a noteworthy band headed for bigger and better things."

"Rise and Fall is a smart song with an outer layer of up-tempo beats mixed in with some really clever melodic harmonies underpinning the whole thing. Whilst it’s easy to see that they have derived their sound heavily from the influences they have listed, including bands like Oasis, PJ Harvey and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this single shows that maybe someone was listening to some older, calmer music in their childhood as the melodies are reminiscent of a day chilling at the beach with the sweet, but laid back rock that comes out of this song adds an extra dimension allowing it to stand out from its similar sounds out at the moment."

"The Solomons have created something special in this tune and I look forward to hearing more from them and hopefully seeing them live in the future.”

“The Solomons debut EP features clever song-writing, multiple talented vocalists, charming melodies and diverse rhythms. The most impressive fact here is that it doesn’t pigeonhole the band into a category, but rather makes a strong, multi-faceted record without a weak track."

"Bassist, Cass Allen and guitarist, Doug Hind both act as lead vocalists throughout the record. Their styles vocally could not differ more markedly. Nonetheless, this gives the band more than one string to their bow."

"The lyrical content is diverse too - everything from self-realisation to the thrill of nights out. The staple of bands everywhere – romance - is given a fair coverage but it’s all viewed from an analytical perspective. The Solomons EP talks about growing up and moving on, but not to the extent that we become old and crusty.” -

"“One of the best ring and jangle guitar intros heard in recent memory.""

“One of the best ring and jangle guitar intros heard in recent memory."

"The EP from the other end of this year had them ticking all the correct classic pop boxes in their influences and many styles, and in another time this would have been a radio anthem.”

"The Solomons here do mid period Kinks on one side, and do so happily. And do so well."
- Drum Magazine, Sydney

""Melbourne's very own Liam Gallagher""

"Melbourne’s very own Liam Gallagher."

"The self-titled EP from Melbourne’s Solomons brings together a very Australian, but very British rock-influenced debut. The opening track, Waiting For Something To Happen, could be compared to The Kinks mixed with a little Paul Weller. Track two, Evening’s Empire, is where the EP really starts to hit some momentum as it moves away from the solidity of the opening track. With a much more in-your-face approach, while introducing bassist Cass Allan’s incredible voice, this song will definitely make you get off your couch and jump around like one of those old ladies who won some useless prize on The Price Is Right. The EP’s fourth track, Ways To Escape, could easily be an Oasis single. Add Doug Hind’s very Liam Gallagher-sounding voice, a lazy-yet-effective keyboard line, a catchy chorus and a consistent but not overbearing guitar track and you get just that. The Solomons, even in their very noticeable influences, have created an EP that was quite easy and very enjoyable to listen to. Hopefully we will see them in our part of the world soon." - Rave Magazine, Brisbane

""Band Of The Month" (feature and review)"

(March 2010)
"Band of the month."
"Cut to Ways of Escape, a blend of pop rock backed with nonchalant lyrics about “Not feel[ing] like dancing on a Sunday morning”, one clever reminder of youth and the constant search for more inspiration. A mini cache of feel-good tracks, The Solomons have managed to capture the essence of their live shows in the 60’s feel of Old Songs and air-played Waiting for Something to Happen, showcasing the harmony of two established voices. I feel do you feel?"

Look out for: Some Kind Of Aid. 3:15 minutes of pure catchiness, it is the incredible vocals of Cass Allan that lead me to believe the song was simply written for her to own."

"With powerfully delivered vocal melodies the audience was undeniably being won over."

"The on-stage cohesion is quite impressive. Judging from the general audience reaction, three strong vocalists and an intriguing mix of trumpets, keys and clever bass lines reminiscent of the carefree Beatles vibe, had The Solomons deemed a band to keep tabs on for future updates. They certainly aren’t too bad at warming up the crowd either"


"“The Solomons are a band poised on the brink” (selection of reviews / articles)"

“They keep up the heavy indie tracks for the next two songs with bassist/singer Cass Allan taking over the vocals from Doug Hind. Her ballsy attitude and occasionally haunting vocals add so much to both Evening’s Empire and Some Kind Of Aid, it’s hard to imagine what The Solomons sound would be like without her.”

“The second half of the EP is surprising with its sudden departure into the laid back attitude mentioned earlier, and Master Hind takes back over on vocals for the last three songs. These three have the band bathing their Australian roots with surfy riffs and acoustic-driven rock.”

“These are the sort of songs you want playing when you’re on the beach with a beer in one hand, maybe a dart in the other, just watching the time go by.”

“You can’t pigeonhole them into any one category, and that’s probably the most interesting thing about them.”

“… boasting great chord progressions, canny songwriting nous and fantastic production; but overall it’s the confidence and coolness of the sound that makes this cut stand out.”

“Waiting For Something To Happen is a laid-back nugget of montage to The Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon, another track entitled Some Kind Of Aid sees bassist Cass Allan grab the lead vocals and is reminiscent of Aftermath-era Rolling Stones.”

“But the band undeniably have their own sound, and it’s evident in their songwriting.”

“But The EP still managed to be a cohesive wee troop of tracks, thanks to the obvious skill of the musicians and their unperturbed style of playing.”

“The Solomons seem to have found their own wedge of indie ground to stand on, one which definitely seems to be working for them.”

“The Solomons are a band poised on the brink and they plan to bring it all back home with their only-playyer-that-matters brand of rock ‘n’ roll, so stay tuned.

"A swinging cut of sixties garage rock from Melbourne four piece The Solomons... Waiting For Something To Happen recalls Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks... lush production and swelling harmonies give the song a touch of the Mamas & Papas too. Fantastic." - Beat Magazine, Melbourne


False Prophets / On My Own (Double A-Side 7")
Due October 2011

Rise and Fall (promo single)
November 2010

Ways Of Escape (promo single)
July 2010

The Solomons EP (PB060)
March 2010

Waiting For Something To Happen (promo single)
February 2010

Some Kind Of Aid / Rise And Fall (independent double A-side CD single)
August 2009



Melbourne band The Solomons originally formed in late 2007, and have since added Leigh Baines James Harding, both formerly of The Gear, to original members Doug Hind and Cass Allan. They spent 2009 supporting the likes of Tim Rogers, British India, Evermore, Oh Mercy, Gun Street Girls, and The Casanovas, as well as completing their debut six song EP.

Released in March 2010 through Popboomerang Records and MGM, The Solomons self titled EP was recorded at Hothouse Studios with Craig Harnath and Finn Keane (Franz Ferdinand, Jet), and mastered by Tony Mantz at Jack The Bear Deluxe Mastering (Nick Cave, You Am I). This EP showcased the band’s diversity of influence, ranging from Oasis, The Stone Roses, and The Kinks, to PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan, and You Am I.

Featuring the singles 'Waiting For Something To Happen', 'Ways Of Escape', 'Rise and Fall, as well as a new mix of the 2009 independent single 'Some Kind Of Aid', the Solomons' debut effort led to radio play on JJJ and community radio across the country, as well as host of rave reviews and features in the Australian music press.

2010 also saw them support the likes of The Vasco Era, The Basics, and The Sun Dance Kids, as well playing headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane, and their native Melbourne. In December 2010 they were announced as recipients of a recording grant from the Victoria Rocks program for two singles to be released in late 2011. In the mean time, demo mixes of these songs can be heard in the band's Sonicbids tracklist.

Recorded at the same studio as their EP, again with Finn Keane, these tracks are currently being mixed by Barny (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian) as his Kent studio.

Earlier this year The Solomons reached a deal with the high rating TV show "Bondi Rescue" which led to tracks from their EP featured in several episodes.