Review: Simonne & The Dark Stars

Brighton, UK-based band Simonne & The Dark Stars consists of four raw, ambitious members: Simonne Weeks (lead vocals and keyboards), Mark Robbins (bass guitar), Jules Lawerence (saxophone, saw and harmonica) and Billy Poole (drums.) With the interesting collaboration of instruments, S&TDS creates one of a kind indie rock music.

This extremely talented and passion-driven band debuted their EP March 10 2013 under Honeytone Recordings. Singer and songwriter, Simonne Weeks, says she draws inspiration from other artists such as Nice Cave, Chopin and Patti Smith. There is no surprise that their music reveals classic instrument solos and elite sound. Together S&TDS create lyrical impetuous music that portrays betrayal, poetry, lost feelings and emotions. The sounds, solos and lyrics on this album create a strange and haunting sound that end delicately by the ivory keys on the piano.

Their new track “Love Like You Never,” portrays Weeks’s elegant vocals that are simply out of this world and create an eerie sense of beat and motion. Her soothing yet eloquent vocals hit the high pitches on a perfect note. Reminds me on long sharp nails dragged against a blackboard (screech!) The background harmonica and sax remind me truly of a classic symphony with a superb ending. S&TDS has a unique sound and even won them a NME published video. Be sure to check out this band for you will not forget them and will become obsessed with their crescendo vocals, piano tapping unison of mixed complicated feelings and emotions.

Words: Nicole Gabourie