The new Simple Folk Radio show which plays out this Saturday at 5:00pm will be hosted by SFR’s own Dillon along with Tom Marsh of the band ‘The Robot Heart‘ who will also feature in session.
The Robot Heart have been described as an ‘Icelandic sounding Beach Boys’.
Having escaped a very dark period of his life and after some years travelling, Tom Marsh arrived in Brighton, where he assembled the band which would bring to life to the songs he’d been writing.
“This music is the result of me finding a way through grieving the deaths of several of my friends, drug/alcohol abuse, arrests, having my heart broken and feeling close to various forms of mental illness. My nightmares bled into reality and a dark cloud formed over my home town with ghosts and spirits around me. During this time I found myself visualising and even sketching robot hearts, a kind of motor-powered generator that would carry me through. There could never have been another name for this band. I escaped and travelled and played in bands in Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Dublin and London, before finally settling in Brighton where I found a small family of musicians: Astra Forward who blew me away when I heard her singing a haunted melody a cappella at an open-mic night in a church; Bob Dingle whose voice I first heard through the plumbing of a student house, while he sang a Sparklehorse song somewhere in the building; And Daniel Ladd who auditioned for us after he bootlegged our early gigs as a folk trio on his phone, and who finally planted the perfect heartbeat behind the music.”
The band cut their teeth hosting club nights in Brighton’s thriving indie/folk scene and have supported Gomez, Steve ‘Beta Band’ Mason, Tunng , Athlete and Ed Harcourt.
Following on from last year’s EP ‘Dust’ The Robot Heart’s debut eponymous album was recorded with and produced by Rik Simpson (The Cure, Pj Harvey, Portishead, Coldplay). The album is released on 2nd May on Brighton based ‘Bleeding Heart Recordings’ (also hom to Birdengine and Mute Swimmer).
Broadcast Schedule – UK Time Zone (BST)
Saturday: @ 5pm – on Folk Radio UK
Monday: @ 2am – on Folk Radio UK
Wednesday: @ 9pm – on Folk Radio UK
Friday: @ 1pm – on Folk Radio UK
CET: +1 hour
EST: -5 hours
PST: -8 hours