“Cracking songs”… “unorthodox rock’n’roll”… “original, intelligent music”
Simon Hardeman is a garage-rocker, an acoustic singer-songwriter, a composer of West End tunes and a one-time stand-up comedian.
“Cracking songs” about “love, loss, religion, memory, and suicide”, “things that matter to ordinary people”, said Robert Moss in The Independent. “Unorthodox rock’n’roll” said Time Out. “Original, intelligent music… [a mix of] quiet, late-1970s punk, and modern indie-rock” said the recommended download in The Independent.
Simon is inspired by classics like the Kinks and garage-punk legends The Saints all the way through to contemporary acts like Arlo Parks and Dry Cleaning. “And Armenian duduk-player Arsen Petrosyan!” says Simon.
“I just love writing songs, and singing and playing them,” he says. “Music is gloriously transformative. Songs and music are the way we turn hard times into dance. There are some hard times chronicled on the songs on my forthcoming album [Nights Under the Moon, December 8 2021], but now they’re tunes to be enjoyed.”
Simon began wrote and recorded Nights Under the Moon in his home studio in Hackney, London. It mixes his trademark waspish garage rock (“Queen of Her Head”, “Next Door”, “Southern Girl”) with ear-worm belters like “It Wasn’t Love” and the poppy “Baby Baby”, as well as the heart-wrenching “Painkiller”, and the sultry, film-noir-inspired “Farewell My Lovely”.
Heart Attack is a thrilling record of Mercury Heart’s 100mph live set at Hackney’s Oslo venue. It’s 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.”
“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 accept the everyday person you’ve become”
“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”.