The Misanthrope is the acoustic alter ego of Kevin de Groot. Kevin first appeared as half of the post punk duo Janifacy Farm finalists in the South East Essex rock content in 1980. Relocating to Reading, Kevin performed with synth rock band Tirana in the mid 80s. During this period he acted (appearing in the Edinburgh Festival in 1982) and performed as a stand up comic under the name Kevin the Amazing Performing Elephant, acting as compare at the renowned Paradise Club. On his return to Southend, Kevin joined punk/RnR band Kronstadt Uprising.