Saltings on Vinyl

Saltings is now available on Vinyl LP in a limited run of just 90 copies. Be quick to snap them up at! What the press are saying about Saltings: 8/10 Vive le Rock ‘[amid] the tender country strains of Saltings…the intensity builds between the notes…his vocals are magnificent, as is the production…with an outstanding bookContinue reading “Saltings on Vinyl”

New album and art book ‘SALTINGS’

Saltings is an album of ten illustrations by Tom Knight and ten songs by Matt Simpkins created in and about the ‘saltings’ of Essex. It is a loving portrait of the mystery and beauty of this salt marsh wilderness, and a meditation on the real human cost of the wilderness time of the pandemic. Found withinContinue reading “New album and art book ‘SALTINGS’”

BIG SEA: 9/10 – Vive le Rock 5/5 – RnR

National and international reviews are beginning to come in for Big Sea, and they are full of praise. Vive le Rock gave the LP 9/10 in Issue 78, writing ‘[an] astonishing album…if you can imagine Tom Waits collaborating with the early Captain Beefheart on a set of folk-psych songs, you’ll be somewhere close to theContinue reading “BIG SEA: 9/10 – Vive le Rock 5/5 – RnR”


Rev Simpkins & the Phantom Notes’ album and illustrated book BIG SEA is OUT NOW! It is the REV’s first new LP for 11 years.

With artwork by Tom Knight and a foreword by Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, Big Sea available released in hardback and saddle-stitched versions with a CD, and as a digital versions.

The Rev’s new album and 32-page illustrated book is a life-affirming meditation on hope during dark times. This new collection of exuberant and eccentric songs was written during the Rev’s diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer and drummer James De’ath’s illness with sepsis. What resulted was an emotive celebration of the peaks and troughs of life and death told through off-kilter songs about east coast creeks, shattering storms, mystic pelicans and the Colchester martyrs.  Artist Tom Knight’s illustrations and typesetting of the lyrics add further life to the album’s striking images and sentiments.

Rev announces Advent is coming on 3rd July

antigen records and Righteous Holler Recordings present Advent by Rev Simpkins & the Phantom Notes(b/w Hail to the New King of England) Released on all major digital platforms on Friday 3rd July 2020, available to pre-order now.  Advent is the second single from the forthcoming Rev Simpkins album, Big Sea: his first LP for 11 years.  This rowdy single version, slathered with brass,Continue reading “Rev announces Advent is coming on 3rd July”

The Rev returns after 11 years with a blast of life-affirming energy

antigen records / Righteous Holler Recordings present Sing Your Life EP by Rev Simpkins & the Phantom Notes OUT NOW on all major digital platforms. GET IT HERE. On Friday 1st May, Rev Simpkins returned with Sing Your Life, the lead single from his forthcoming album, Big Sea, his first LP for 11 years.  Sing Your Life is a boisterous blast ofContinue reading “The Rev returns after 11 years with a blast of life-affirming energy”