About the music

Simon Hardeman solo, and with Mercury Heart and The Sky Pirates:
“Cracking songs”… “unorthodox rock’n’roll”… “original, intelligent music”

Heart Attack – Live at Oslo [Mercury Heart]

“Unorthodox rock’n’roll” [Time Out]: Heart Attack is the album Mercury Heart didn’t mean to make. But, in the early hours after their gig at London’s top venue, they played the raw recording. “We couldn’t stop listening,” says Mercury Heart’s singer and songwriter Simon Hardeman. “We realised we’d nailed the songs with an energy we could never recreate in a studio.”

Heart Attack is punchy, original garage rock – modern, but in a tradition that goes back through Jack White and The Black Keys to the early Kinks. Simon says: “Each song is a journey. In every one, even if it is just three minutes long, you have to take the listener somewhere, give them a good time, show them something unexpected, and then bring them home a little changed.”

Tell The Truth [Simon Hardeman]

“Cracking songs” about love, loss, religion, memory, and suicide (“things that matter to ordinary people”, according to Robert Moss of The Independent). They range from the garage-y “Lowland Vampire” through the heartbreaking “To Leave Me” to the anthemic “If You Ever Change”.

Arts & Books feature: “Songs about the kind of things that affect real people, things such as how difficult it is to stop fancying younger women, or to accept the everyday person you’ve become”

1234 [The Sky Pirates]

“Original, intelligent music… [a mix of] quiet, late-1970s punk, and modern indie-rock” [The Independent recommended download]. The four-track EP captures the powerful, original rock that blew London’s 100 Club away. “Tight, lean guitar music”, 1234 features the live opener and New-Wavey favourite, ‘Raincheck’, the slashing funk of “I Like Girls”, the slow-building epic “If You Ever Change” and the glammy rocker “A Little Too Easy”.