Sinners and Lost Souls is the second album by space-folk/punk collective Sons of Southern Ulster. While more abrasive than their debut, Foundry Folk Songs (2016), the album mines similar themes of regret and disappointment, interspersed with moments of light and insight. All this set against a backdrop of small town Ireland before the internet and the “Celtic Tiger”. While vocalist, Justin Kelly, has been described as “angry” – his rants are not devoid of humour – but maybe you had to have been there!!! Throughout, guitarist David Meagher delivers the perfect canvas on which these stories can be told with echoes of Gang of Four and a lifetime misspent listening to punk rock. But this is no one trick pony with hints of Sparklehorse sprinkled throughout.
The album features striking images by acclaimed Danish artist, Claus Castenskiold who is known for such iconic album covers as the Fall’s Perverted By Language and the Gun Club’s Mother Juno and his stark black and white images illustrate perfectly the delights held within.
What they are saying….
“Their magic lies in a total grasp of the literary genius of the Emerald Isle and the cleverest and best of the nation’s post-punk acts…9/10” Vive Le Rock
“Justin Kelly’s tell wonderful stories that are located at the intersection between cultural inertia and edges of progress. Irishisms and place names abound, yet the scope, the vision, is universal…4/5” Irish Times
“Sons of Southern Ulster’s 2016 debut laid the template for the Fontaines Dogrel….its follow up is darker, with gritty guitars and lyrics evoking a world of alcoholics and abusers” Sunday Times