Making it big down under

The Solicitors - from left to right: Bassist James Manning, singer/songwriter Lee Jones, drummer Matt Ellis and  guitarist Laf Zuccarello.
The Solicitors - from left to right: Bassist James Manning, singer/songwriter Lee Jones, drummer Matt Ellis and guitarist Laf Zuccarello.
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A former Scarborough musician is on the up down under after his band was signed by an Australian record label.

Lee Jones, 31, who worked at the former Bernard Dean music shop, in St Nicholas Street, is currently wowing the crowds as part of new-wave group The Solicitors.

The Melbourne-based band, which has been snapped up by indie label Popboomerang, released their debut EP, Made to Measure, in July and have just launched their new single and video, Quicksand.

The group, which has received critical acclaim from national newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, along with major airplay on radio stations across the globe, has also been picked up by a record label in Japan.

Their huge success comes just a year after singer/songwriter Lee decided to swap the North Yorkshire coast for the south coast of Australia.

Lee, who used to play regularly at the former Pavilion Vaults pub, in Westborough, said: “It all came about when I decided to move to Australia in 2012 and I really wanted to hit the ground running. So I recorded some demos and posted on some forums - I think I wrote something like ‘I’m looking to form a band in a month’. I didn’t know much about the music scene in Melbourne but people started replying. I found some people who are cool and met up with them all individually - things actually came together really well.”

Lee lived in Scarborough’s South Cliff and attended Whitby Community College, before heading off to Newcastle Music College, where he formed pop duo Howdi and experienced his first taste of success.

He went on to work with renowned artists such as Milo, Robert Miles and electronic outfit, Riton, with whom he toured Europe.

The Solicitors’ new single, which was penned by Lee, is part one of a double-A release, with part two due out in December.

“A lot of people have been calling us ‘power pop’, which was a term I’d never heard in England. Our music has rocking guitars and nice melodies, it isn’t offensive in any way,” said Lee.

A melting pot of global talent

• The Solicitors comprise of: Singer/songwriter Lee Jones, guitarist Laf Zuccarello, bassist James Manning and drummer Matt Ellis - hailing from the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand.

• The band’s video for their new single Quicksand can be viewed on YouTube via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheSolicitors