When you think of the career Charlie Simpson has had over the past decade, it’s easy to forget he’s still only the tender age of 25. Despite that he firmly believes his journey is far from over, and if the new single Down Down Down is anything to go by I’d certainly concur that we’ll be hearing from him for years to come.
The Fightstar frontman joined me on the phone today to talk about his new solo project, which is miles from both the over-polished chart pop punk of Busted, and the hard, fast metal of his band. He instead draws on his love of music by Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith, and his passion for harmony, which is plain to hear on the latest track. I manged to dig out a track by Elliott to play at the end of the interview which “made his day”.
The album ‘Young Pilgrim’ due out in August should be a treat as well, being produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay, Doves) and with Charlie writing it all and playing every instrument bar the drums. Whilst there are no plans for Fightstar to split, he confirmed he’s focussing all his energy on the solo work at the moment. He can’t wait to play live at some of this summer’s festivals, and an intimate UK mini-tour (details below), tickets for which are exclusively available at his website www.charliesimpsonmusic.com before public release tomorrow:
June 29 – Glasgow King Tut’s
June 30 – Newcastle Academy 2
July 1 – Birmingham Academy 3
July 2 – Manchester Academy 3
July 4 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
July 5 – Bristol Academy 2