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Best friends from Romford release album featuring internationally renowned musicians

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:27 07 November 2016

Chris Simpson, left, and Steve Davies have known eachother since their school days

Chris Simpson, left, and Steve Davies have known eachother since their school days

Last Wilderness

A couple of musicians who grew up together will release a new album tomorrow featuring performing artists who have worked with legends of the industry.

Chris in the recording studioChris in the recording studio

Chris Simpson and Steve Davies, both 33 and from Romford, first met at Hall Mead School, in Upminster, where they formed their first band, Looks Like Rain.

After Chris went to university he set up his own podcast, called Stage left, in which he interviews numerous musicians who have played or worked with the likes of Elvis, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie.

“After university I started the StageLeft Podcast. It was based around interviewing well known musicians about their career in depth,” said Chris.

“The first episode was with Mike Rowe from Oasis, we’ve also had on Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist and loads of amazing people.

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“The reason it took off was because it focussed on the lesser known musicians in famous bands, like the bassist or the drummer.”

However after more than 15 years of performing and recording songs, and meeting established musicians through the StageLeft Podcast, Chris realised he hadn’t made a record that he was truly proud of.

“On New Years Eve I went out with Steve and I said to him ‘how have I been in a band for 15 years and haven’t got a record I’m happy with?’

“Steve gave me a resolution to make an album by this time next year.”

The duo, now called Last Wilderness, decided to call upon some of the artists from the podcast to help collaborate on their project.

“Some of the artists from Stage Left agreed to be on there. It’s lucky the podcast got so big because I could tap into their great expertise.”

“Some people have said no two songs sound the same, we didn’t want to do a concept album and we are really pleased how it’s turned out.”

“We would have approached this a lot differently 10 years ago.”

The album, titled Last Wilderness, came out today and is available at lastwilderness.bandcamp.com/releases.

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