The Simmertones are a seasoned nine-piece ska and reggae band from the southwest of the UK getting packed venues and festivals with their infectious live sound.
In 2014 The Simmertones had their biggest hit to date, with a release of a cover version of the well-known classic ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ (which contains samples of ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ by Doris Day under licence from Sony Music Entertainment).
This was hugely successful for the band, with repeated airplay on BBC radio stations. In particular, Steve Lamacq added the song to his playlist and gave it several airings, including prime time airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Further airplay was attained in the United States and internationally.
The single was produced by esteemed veteran Richard Digby Smith (Island Records, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Sparks and Free), with the finishing touches applied by Dave Eringa, of Manic Street Preachers fame. These elements combined with an incredible recorded performance by the band, merged to create the authentic sound heard on the finished recording.
In 2013 The Simmertones won ‘Best Album’ at the South West Music Awards in 2013 for their ‘Something For The Weekend?’ album. This album received BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music airplay, as well as rave reviews from Ruby Turner, members of ‘The Specials’ and ‘Madness’.
“Really great to see this hardworking, dedicated band pushing on with confidence. Real infectious and got me bopping along!” Ruby Turner
“These guys are bloody roasting!”
Roddy Radiation, The Specials
“This Simmertones album is so uplifting! Hypnotic, thirst inducing tunes.”
Lee Thompson, Madness
Once again produced by Richard Digby Smith at the Music Mill, these original tunes and carefully chosen covers contain some of The Simmertones’ best work to date.
The first EP “Presenting the Simmertones, Volume 1” is best known for a wild ska reworking of the Doctor Who theme tune, which itself received national airplay on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music.
The second EP “Everything’s Comin’ Up Ska”, features Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller) on guitar and received airplay on both Alex Lester and Gideon Coe’s shows on BBC Radio 2. (‘Bring Your Love to Me’ was also played on BBC 6 Music by DJs Huey Morgan and Steve Lamacq.)
The promo video for this release, featured a voiceover by actor Phil Daniels (Blur ‘Parklife’, Quadrophenia)
Since forming in 2007, The Simmertones have built a strong following across the UK and beyond through their live gigs and recordings. With their great sound and rising popularity, the future looks very bright for The Simmertones.
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