Simonne and The Dark Stars story
Formed in 2012 this stylish band with electrifying stage presence draws you into a new musical world with literary and cinematic sentiments. As a firm fixture on the London and Sussex gig-circuit, Simonne and The Dark Stars are gaining notoriety not just their dramatic songs with vocals of raw emotion, addictive melodies but also the distinctive bone-rattling rhythm and bass.
Upon its release in 2013, debut EP ‘Love Like You Never’ was critically acclaimed as ‘haunting [and] elegant, with Sound and Motion magazine hailing Simonne as ‘one of the greatest female voices we've come across’. In late 2013, having supported the likes of Polly Scattergood and Gallon Drunk, the band took a brief hiatus to focus on personal projects.
In 2017, the band took to the stage for a one-off performance to raise money for Help Refugees charity. The success of the night left the audience wanting more. One year later the band’s solid fan base successfully exceeded a Kickstarter campaign that drove the band into an intensive recording session at the infamous Konk Studios in London.
With all the stars aligned, the band id working with the highly acclaimed producer, MarkWaterman at both Konk and Shabby Road Studios. This album will capture lyrics that have raw and confessional narrative, expressed through dreamlike and experimental ‘pop’ melodies, and brought to life by Simonne’s blisteringly powerful vocals.
The band itself has also evolved: as Simonne explains, “We are now a three-piece band with me on the keys and vocals , Mark on bass and John on drums. Together, we want to transport our audience to another place - if only for a short while - but bring them back changed, forever.”
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Excerpts from previous reviews
The driving force behind this band is singer/songwriter and classically trained pianist, Simonne Weeks, who steals the focus of attention with her presence, a PJ Harvey-esque voice and her large feathered hat. Simonne’s poignant and flawless vocals shine through and remind us of so many of the brilliant female singer songwriters of the past few decades
—Sound and Motion magazine
Weeks’s elegant vocals [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. 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.
—Nicole Gabourie, Spindle magazine
Despite the tiny physical space she inhabits, [Simonne] manages to fill a far larger one with her presence and a smile that could break hearts from across the street. The sound she produces is equally noteworthy and disproportionate to her stature. Her voice clings to the dark spaces in the Brunswick, candles flicker as she unleashes notes that dip and dive like starlings swarming over the pier.
—We Love Brighton
Simonne Weeks' vocals were charming and absolutely delightful to listen to, perfectly complimented by her piano playing. Lyrically, love and hurt were the main themes and at times, we thought there were moments where the vocals gave a nod to PJ Harvey. Simonne & The Dark Stars brought us talent, eccentricity, fun and...they did it with style.
—The Gig Tree
Incredibly creative & gorgeously sumptuous!
—Pete Jones Show, Radio Reverb FM 92.7