fox (a.k.a. world of fox, lonesome fox)
Simon Fox is an acoustic meddler, with work ranging from traditional folk songs to more challenging sonic experiments. Since disbanding grover, Simon has quietened down, trading sweeping guitar theatrics for more intimate, acoustic-led songwriting . The songs, performed under various fox monikers, show a more personal, reflective side, with deceptively rich arrangements, a disarming wit and a flair for creating intimate moods. Recordings feature simon playing a wide variety of instruments, including guitars, banjo, percussion, keyboards, theremin, mandolin, even occasional brass and woodwind.
The debut fox release, the first rule of comedy by Lonesome Fox was released in December 2007 on bearos records. A host of Fox singles and exclusive compilation tracks are available on where it's at is where you are records , and the debut solo album, everything is for the best by World of Fox on commercially inviable records. A soundtrack to Marc Silver's film, there are no others, there is only us was premiered at the supersonic festival 2009. In 2010, World of Fox released one free cover of an '80s song each month as part of the respect project and the whole thing was released on where it's at is where you are records at midnight on new year's eve 2011. Simon's third solo album, borrowed times, was released in 2013, again on commercially inviable records. From 2014, Simon has been playing live with violist Sara Fowles, adding an extra dimension and emotional depth to Simon's acoustic guitar & loops. There's still a Fox & Fowles album planned, when we get round to finishing it! 2015 saw Fox & Fowles collaborate with indie royalty Amelia Fletcher on a 7" single for where it's at is where you are records and Simon and Amelia caught up at Indietracks 2015 for an impromptu acoustic set! Simon also composed a set of original pieces for The Nine Realms project. In 2017, Simon recorded 'Forward', a stripped-down acoustic album with Sara, under the name Fox & Fowles. He then used the original recordings from this to create a mind-bending 77-minute piece, 'Further'for 7 at 77 on where it's at is where you are records.
some some unicorn
Simon has been playing and recording with Some Some Unicorn, a large collective of like minded musical magpies under the laid back eye of composer and improviser Shaun Blezard. The band began during Shaun’s time as a New Voice composer with the British Music Collective and pulls in players from across genres that focus on improvisation and experimentation in their work. The band has featured members of Hugs Bison, Breathing Space, Pere Ubu, Beats and Pieces Big Band, Roddart, Ripsaw Catfish, Wire Assembly, Inclusion Principle, World of Fox and many more and is never the same twice. They have released two albums and an assortment of oddities.
Independent Country is a 6-piece band based in Birmingham, UK, currently recording their debut album, which will be released in 2016. They play country & western versions of songs by Happy Mondays, Blur, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Teenage Fanclub and others. It's a lot better than it sounds! Simon does guitar, banjo, mandolin and backing vocals.
Kendo Nagasaki is Simon's latest venture. Named in honour of the legendary wrestler and shaman, Kendo Nagasaki is a noise/improv trio, featuring Simon on FX-trombone, smashing it up with two drummers: Si Rider (Grover, Einstellung) and Phil Robinson (Novak, Friends of the Stars, Independent Country).
As well as performing solo, Simon can often be seen & heard collaborating with other artists. most recently, he has been recording and performing alongside acclaimed singer songwriter, James Summerfield. James often sounds like he could be holed up in some moss hung appalachian cabin, sitting on the porch, banjo on his lap and bottle of hooch at his side, swapping Southern gothic songs of misery and murder with preacher men and moonshiners. James' collaboration with Simon and Gurdan Thomas resulted in a third album, count to ten and start again, which saw a move away from traditional country music towards more challenging territory. The album was produced and mastered by James & Simon, and features Simon on guitar, banjo and synth. It was released on commercially inviable records. Simon also featured on the next two albums, two brothers leave home and analogue tales: sounds from arden, on guitar, banjo and vocals and he plays regularly in James' live band.
1993-2003: Simon was formerly leader of birmingham’s influential post-rock pioneers, grover. Between 1993-2003, grover released a host of albums, singles and split releases on independent labels around the world. Broadcasts on BBC Radio1 (including a Peel session in 2001), plus airtime on a variety of independent stations in Europe and the USA, helped grover build a dedicated international fan-base and influence the UK post-rock scene. A full archive of grover's releases can be found here.
"Lovely electronica." Huw Stephens, bbc radio 1. Krafla was Steve Hough (einstellung / cable regime / godflesh / grover) and Simon Fox. extending the experimental tendencies of grover, Krafla developed into a long-term project, mixing live instruments and electronica. A debut 7" single on static caravan records was followed by an e.p. release on bearos records. Krafla add layers of depth and instrumentation to fragile song structures and delicate melodies.
A "Krafla-esque" remix of victoria and jacob's single theia mania was released in 2013. Krafla is still available for remix work! The complete works of Krafla are available to download on Soundcloud. Help yourself.