Simple Kid – The Road
I don’t often blog about music. I should because I absolutely love music. But, for whatever reason, I don’t.
I’m going to make an exception for this track. It’s by a bloke called Simple Kid and it’s a track called The Road. It’s an absolutely excellent track that I absolutely love and adore.
It also has a story that shows the power of radio.
I’ll be totally honest and say I don’t know the full story but I think I’ve got it mostly right. Mostly cos I culled it from Wikipedia.
Simple Kid is a man called Ciaran McFeely. And he released two albums; one in 2003 and another in 2006. He appeared on Later… with Jools Holland, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and RTE’s The Lale Late Show. He supported such bands as R.E.M., Kings of Leon and Snow Patrol.
It seemed like everything was going well. But for whatever reason it didn’t. Perhaps it was because his music had completely passed me by. But it probably wasn’t.
I first came across Simple Kid in 2010 thanks to one Marc Riley and his most excellent 6music radio show. I didn’t get it at first but Marc played it quite a few times and every time it grew on me more and more. But the song never got released, much to Marc’s (and many, many listeners) dismay.
Things got even less promising. In early 2011 Ciaran gave up releasing music. A big sign on his website put it simply. Simple Kid RIP.
I can still distinctly remember Marc saying on air how gutted he was about this. He kept playing it every now and then, giving us our only chance to hear a musical masterpiece that’s one of the few songs I’ve heard recently where I just want to listen to it over and over and over again (The Go! Team’s Ladyflash and the Crystal Fighters’s Follow being other winners of that rare award.)
Then towards the end of 2011 Marc started playing it more heavily. At long last it was to get a release after all. No one seemed to know when, and as we entered in to 2012 I scoured the internet trying to find news to no avail.
Until today anyway. I finally found out that Simple Kid’s The Road will be released by the wonderful people at Static Caravan on Wednesday 29 February.
So far I’ve only found it in Amazon’s MP3 store but I presume it will be available through other retailers. And I’ll be buying it. Oh, I’ll be buying it. And I hope you will too. And I’m sure Marc Riley will be playing it just a few more times on his 6music show too.