All aboard Passenger Smith this GuilFestBy Claire French
July 11, 2012
ONE online advert and four years on, indie rock quartet Passenger Smith is playing for a second year.
When Simon Kominsky, lead guitar and vocalist, posted an advert to find his future band mates on a music website back in 2008, little did he know he’d eventually have two sets at GuilFest under his belt.
“Prior to Passenger Smith, and in a Dave Grohl sort of way, I used to play drums in a band but decided that was not what I wanted to do anymore,” Kominsky explains. “I still wanted to be involved in music and still wrote songs so I revisited the guitar.”
Now, along with vocalist Jon Grace, bass player Pete Firmo, who lives in Wisley, and drummer Paul Gough, like the Foo Fighters founder, 42-year-old Kingston resident Kominsky is engrained in music once more.
“Each of us ended up checking out the musicians’ lonely hearts columns,” jokes Gough.
Usually found playing in the likes of the Half Moon in Putney, south-west London, what is it that encouraged the men back to the festival this year?
“Playing live is always fun and GuilFest is a great festival to play live at. If only we could play until we decided to stop,” Firmo says.
And the chance to listen to the other bands, of course.
It’s been 12 months since the band played their indie rock set in the middle of Stoke Park; how far have they got?
“What have we done since then? Write and play I suppose. And record. And gig. And talk about making a video. A lot of talk about making a video,” says Grace.
“We were hoping to release something just before Christmas but things never works out as planned.
“Like making our video,” Kominsky adds for good luck.