About Simon Kent

Simon Kent releases his new album, "In Another Life", on 4th May 2018, via the independent ReprinT record label.

Simon Kent's new album 'In Another World' is not just an admirable affirmation of one of the UK's most notable singer-songwriters in melody-driven, electronic pop. It's also an acknowledgement of absent friends.

Three years in the crafting, the album arrives on the heels of the irresistibly hook-laden single 'Never Stop Believing,' which gained the support of BBC Radio 2's Janice Long, dozens more stations around the UK and across the Atlantic too. After touring with classic bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen and China Crisis and modern-day troubadours including Nell Bryden and Blair Dunlop, Kent is primed for the next step into a bright future. Seconds into your first listen, you know that he's supremely well schooled in the history of cutting-edge pop and modern rock, but is also the very man to give it a sense of tomorrow. As he unveils these new songs both on record and on stage, he does so with a nod to two key figures: the father he lost recently, who helped shape his musical influences in the first place, and the close friend and intended collaborator on the album, whose personal problems made Kent all the more determined to finish what they'd planned.

'In Another World' reaches us with impeccable credentials, written and produced by the frontman himself at Aubitt Studios and featuring the fine musicianship of Simon's regular live band. The album was engineered by Rob Aubrey, admired for his work with Big Big Train, and three songs were mixed by Soren Andersen, who's produced both Bryden and Jack Savoretti. They helped finesse the ambience, but the big, soaring melodies and inspirational, finely-tuned lyrics are Kent's very own.

“After I finished my second album in 2012,” he explains, “I met up with my best friend from school. My first band was with him. We got chatting and we agreed to write this album, and that gave me a path to follow and a chance to focus on doing something a bit different.”

Kent always had admiration for the '90s British rock swagger of the Stone Roses and the Charlatans, but his early touchstone had been Depeche Mode, who in turn led him back to classic David Bowie and Roxy Music. “Then it was early to mid '80s things, even the commercial stuff like Duran Duran,” he says. “Then I really got into Japan, because they were a bit more leftfield.”

The pair mapped out dates to make the album, but the collaboration never materialised, and Kent came to realise that his friend was battling alcoholism that would almost claim his life. “I said to myself that I was going to do it as if we were doing it together,” he recalls. “So I followed this electronic path, and that's where it got to.”

And the friend? “I played it to him the other week, and he really loves it. Five of the songs are about him, because as it evolved, I realised he was in trouble. The first song we ever wrote together at school, I found on an old CD and finished. It's called 'Dreams and Memories,' and I tailored the lyrics from where we were then to now.”

The emotional bond with his friend and his past is palpable, in conversation with Kent and on the album. “Everyone else was getting into this guitar music. He'd found his old keyboards, some of which I've used on the record. So when we were starting, we were way out of fashion with what was going on, but now everybody's getting more into that '80s feel. I just got a bit bored with all the macho guitar stuff,” he smiles.

Born in Portsmouth, he got his original musical bearings from his father. “He was a massive music fan and a huge influence on me,” says Kent with raw affection. “He had stuff going back to Sinatra's Capitol years, which was fantastic, and Ella Fitzgerald, jazz-influenced things, Nat 'King' Cole. Loads of black music, then some Neil Diamond, right through to the Beatles and early Elton John.

“It was always playing in the house, and there was something magical about it that I wanted to be involved in. I do remember at school not really understanding why everybody else didn't just pin it to their chest that they loved music. It was like life and death to me.”

When Simon began his own band adventures in the '90s, his father was a firm supporter, even driving them around the sometimes insalubrious gig circuit. “I also had older friends who were introducing me to other things. I remember them playing me the Clash and the Ruts, who sounded a lot more musical than a lot of the punky stuff.”

Through his early admiration of Depeche Mode's 1987 landmark 'Music For The Masses,' Kent dug back into their earlier catalogue and formed a deep appreciation of electronic pop. He went on to listen to guitar rock too, notably the poetic songcraft of Guy Chadwick's House of Love.

“I saw them loads,” he says, “and I did love the first Stone Roses album. I never really got into the macho side of music, and they seemed a bit more arty.” Other bookmarks include the electronic artistry of Tears For Fears, whose name often crops up in complimentary comparisons with Kent's own creativity, as well as 21st century protagonists such as Empire Of The Sun and MGMT.

Without putting any more labels on it, the swathe of music that's helped Simon get to where he is now shares the basic requirements he demands of his own: character and substance. “The thing I love, from the '50s to the '80s, is the differentiation of the vocals. Now everything is Autotune and everyone's got to make five notes out of two. I really wanted not to do any of that.”

Hence 'In Another World,' an album to restore your faith in the power of pop music. “At times,” says Simon, “I've railed against the pop thing, but I do genuinely love the big pop song. It's the magic of those three and a half minutes and wondering why something so trivial can move you in such a great way.”

Paul Sexton, February 2018


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Live Dates

Forthcoming

Wednesday 21 February 2018 - The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 2BN. Tel: 02380 361970
Acoustic show www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Wednesday 28 February 2018 - GT Sessions at The Brittania, Guildford
Acoustic set www.gavinthomas.com/gtopenmicsessions

Friday 6 April 2018 - The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St, Brighton, BN3 1AS
supporting The Christians www.theoldmarket.com

Saturday 21 April 2018 - The Brook, 466 Portswood Rd, Southampton, SO17 3SD
supporting The Christians www.the-brook.com

Sunday 22 April 2018 - The Spring Arts Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS
supporting The Christians www.thespring.co.uk

Friday 27 April 2018 - "In Another Life" album launch and charity fundraiser for Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, The Loft, Above The Kings Pub, 39 Albert Road, Portsmouth, PO5 2SE
Full band set www.kingspubsouthsea.co.uk

Saturday 7th July 2018 - Lowde Fest 15, Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.
Full band show. www.lowdefest.com

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Saturday 18 November 2017 - Locks Heath Shopping Village Christmas Lights Switch On, Locks Heath Shopping Village, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6DX
Full band set www.locksheathshoppingvillage.co.uk

Wednesday 20 September 2017 - GT Sessions at The Brittania, Guildford
Acoustic set www.gavinthomas.com/gtopenmicsessions

Saturday 23 September 2017 - Charmed Life Festival, Portsmouth
Acoustic show www.facebook.com/Charmedlifefestival

Thursday 20 April 2017 - Little Johnny Russells, 14 Albert Road, Portsmouth, PO5 2SH. Tel: 02392 826502
Full band show www.littlejohnnyrussells.com

Wednesday 12 April 2017 - GT Sessions at The Brittania, Guildford
Acoustic set www.gavinthomas.com/gtopenmicsessions

Wednesday 5 April 2017 - Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, London N1 8LN. Tel: 020 7354 9993
Full band show www.theoldqueenshead.com

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 2BN. Tel: 02380 361970
Acoustic show www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Thursday 2 March 2017 - The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN. Tel: 020 7485 1773
Full band show, on stage 9.15pm. www.thedublincastle.com

Thursday 1 December 2016 - The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 2BN. Tel: 02380 361970
Acoustic show, supporting China Crisis www.thetalkingheads.co.uk tickets

Thursday 28 April 2016 - 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Full band set supporting Bare Traps and Wet Laces, on stage 7.30pm www.93feeteast.co.uk tickets

Thursday 3rd March 2016 - Venue 2, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN
Full band show www.229thevenue.com

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 - Express FM
Radio Session www.expressfm.com

Saturday 30th January 2016 - Icebreaker Festival 2016, Southsea
Full band show, on stage TBC www.icebreakerfestival.com

Thursday 12th November 2015 - The Wedgewood Rooms, 147B Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JW. Tel: 023 9286 3911
Full band show, supporting My Life Story + Motorcycle Display Team www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

Thursday 17th September 2015 - The Talking Heads, 320 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2TD. Tel: 023 8067 8446
Acoustic show, supporting China Crisis www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Saturday 4th July 2015 - Lowde Fest 15, Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.
Full band show, on stage 5.00pm. www.lowdefest.com

Sunday 31st May 2015 - The Railway, 3 St Paul's Hill, Winchester, SO22 5AE.
Full band show, supporting The Gravity Drive www.railwaylive.co.uk

Friday 26th June 2015 - Togfest 2015, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, Bucks
Full band show www.togfest.org

Sunday 19th April 2015 - Marnhull Acoustic Sessions - Village Hall, Burton Street, Marnhull, Dorset, DT10 1PR
Supporting Blair Dunlop and Emma Stevens www.marnhullacousticsessions.co.uk

Thursday 16th April 2015 - The Talking Heads, 320 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2TD. Tel: 023 8067 8446
Full band show, supporting Toyah and The Humans www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Wednesday 15th April 2015 - The Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 5DQ
Full band show, supporting Blair Dunlop and Emma Stevens www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-countryside/rvcp/rvcp-eventdetails?id=263516

Friday 6th March 2015 - The Cellars at Eastney, 56 Cromwell Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9PN. Tel: 023 9282 6249
Footprints Charity Show, on stage TBC. www.thecellars.co.uk

Wednesday 3 Dec 2014 - West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, GU11 3JD Tel: 01252 330040
Full band show, on stage TBC. Supporting Moulettes www3.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre.htm

Saturday 4 Oct 2014 - Music In The City Festival, Southampton
Full band show, on stage 5.40pm, at God's House Tower, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 3AN. www.musicinthecitysouthampton.org/mitc-2014/

Sunday 28 Sept 2014 - The Cellars at Eastney, 56 Cromwell Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9PN. Tel: 023 9282 6249
On stage 8.15pm. Supporting Nell Bryden www.thecellars.co.uk

Saturday 30 August 2014 - Weyfest, The Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL. Tel: 0844 884 2920
Full band show, on stage 12.00pm. With Squeeze, 10cc, The Feeling, Big Country, The Undertones and many more! www.weyfest.co.uk

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - FirsFest14.
Full band show, on stage 8.00pm. firsdownfayre.co.uk

Wednesday 28 May 2014 - The Joiners, 141 St Mary St, Southampton, SO14 1NS
Full band show, on stage TBC. www.joinerslive.co.uk

Thursday 22 May 2014 - The Registry, 1-2 St Michaels Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EE. Tel: 023 9288 2981
Full band show, on stage TBC. www.facebook.com/registry.portsmouth

Tuesday 13 May 2014 - The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN. Tel: 020 7485 1773
Full band show, on stage 10.15pm. www.thedublincastle.com

Friday 9 May 2014 - The Great Escape IAA Showcase, Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TF.
Full band show, on stage 4.30pm.

Thursday 8 May 2014 - The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier St, Salford M3 7DW.
Full band show, on stage TBC. twitter.com/EagleInnSalford

Saturday 3 May 2014 - The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ. Tel: 01902 401211
Acoustic show (supporting The Counterfeit Stones), on stage 8.30pm. www.therobin.co.uk

Tuesday 29 April 2014 - The Abbey Tavern, 124 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 9QB. Tel: 020 7267 9449
Acoustic show, on stage TBC. www.abbey-tavern.com

Thursday 27 March 2014 - The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier St, Salford M3 7DW.
Full band show, on stage 7.45pm. twitter.com/EagleInnSalford

Friday 21 March 2014 - Blue Cat Cafe, 17 Shaw Rd, Stockport, SK4 4AG. Tel: 0161 432 2117
Full band show, on stage TBC. www.bluecatcafe.co.uk

Wednesday 19 March 2014 - The Font, Union Street, South Lanes, Brighton, BN1 1HA. Tel: 01273 747727
Acoustic show, on stage 10.00pm. www.fontbrighton.co.uk

Monday 10 March 2014 - The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN. Tel: 020 7485 1773
Full band show, on stage 8.30pm. www.thedublincastle.com

Saturday 21 December 2013 - The Talking Heads, 320 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2TD. Tel: 023 8067 8446
Full band show, on stage 10.30pm. www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Thursday 5th September 2013 - The Talking Heads, 320 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2TD. Tel: 023 8067 8446
Full band show, on stage 10.00pm. www.thetalkingheads.co.uk

Saturday 31 August 2013 - Weyfest, The Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL. Tel: 0844 884 2920
Full band show, on stage 12.40pm. With Echo & the Bunnymen, the Stranglers, UB40, Toploader and many more! www.weyfest.co.uk

Saturday 15 June 2013 - The Cellars at Eastney, 56 Cromwell Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9PN. Tel: 023 9282 6249
Full band show, on stage 10.00pm. www.thecellars.co.uk

Tuesday 16 April 2013 - BBC Club West One
Full band show, on stage 6.00pm.

Thursday 28 February 2013 - Monto Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ. Tel: 020 3589 5983
Full band show, on stage 8.15pm. www.themonto.com

Monday 11 February 2013 - The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN. Tel: 020 7485 1773
Full band show, on stage 9.30pm. www.thedublincastle.com

Friday 7 December 2012 - The Cellars at Eastney, 56 Cromwell Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9PN. Full band show, on stage 9.30pm. www.thecellars.co.uk

Monday 24 September 2012 - The Railway, 3 St Paul's Hill, Winchester, SO22 5AE. Full band show, on stage 8.45pm. www.railwaylive.co.uk

Sunday 9 September 2012 - The Firsdown Fayre, Firsdown, Nr Salisbury
Acoustic show, on stage 12pm. firsdownfayre.co.uk

Saturday 14 July 2012 - The Woolley Festival, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1AQ.
Full band show, on stage 6pm. www.woolleyfestival.com

Thursday 12 July 2012 - The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9NP.
Full band show, on stage 10.30pm.

Wednesday 11 July 2012 - The Fat Fox, 13 Victoria Road South, Southsea, PO5 2SP.
Full band show, on stage 9.15pm.


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