New Album Available Now !

The Simmertones new Album is finally here and it is creating a bit of a storm. Please bear with us as we sort out our brand new website which is currently under construction however until then you can still get your hands on the new album and merch etc from the links below.

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This Album is a journey which takes you from the backstreets of Kingston Jamaica to the sunny and secluded beaches of Antigua. We trace a path through Ska to Blue Beat and Jazz then stop off momentarily to tip a musical hat to Big Band and finish off where Bob Marley began. The genre you wish to attribute this music to becomes somewhat irrelevant as you begin to immerse yourself in the Simmertones ‘sound’For more information contact us on 01626 361999 or ali@themusicmill.co.uk

Something for the Weekend
This is the second full length album from the south west’s finest exponents of ska: The Simmertones, and if you don’t already own their previous releases, then I recommend you download those while you’re here as you really don’t know what you’ve been missing…..but this review is for their latest offering “Something For The Weekend” which really goes well beyond being an offering just for those two days of the week.The Simmertones specialise in bright, breezy, summery ska – the sort of thing that wouldn’t be amiss in Jamaica’s very own Orange Street and whether it be surprising covers (their first album offered a brilliant rendition of the Doctor Who theme!!) or self-penned titles, they carry it off with aplomb.

So “Something For The Weekend” offers 12 tracks full of bounce and brass – stand out tracks for me are the lilting “I Love You Madly”, the upbeat “Sunday Morning Calling” and a wonderfully haunting ska’d up cover of “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” (yes the old Doris Day number….I told you they turned their hand to surprising choices!!) They also cover the old classic “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” on this album which is almost as good as the aforementioned Doris Day cover. Although listening to it again as I type I might have to re-assess that one, it’s possibly better!! “Mother’s Choice” is (I think) a self-penned number that says what we all think….Mum comes first!! The album opens with another self-written track “Soulful (The Sound)” which has an element of the old Booker T & The MG’s keyboards running right through it’s middle. “Antigua” almost transports you direct to the eponymous Caribbean island and has you dipping your toe in the water as you feel the heat of the sun on your skin. “Fire Corner” is an organ driven skankathon, and the album closes with another classic ska cover in “Simmer Down” that shows no disrespect to the Wailer’s original.

The brass section is without fault – the vocals are spot on – and the whole is held together by a tight backline.

If you’re looking for a new ska album to brighten up your summer, then this has to be one of them, and along with their back catalogue and the also recently released Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra (who The Simmertones recently supported) album “The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius” should keep you happy and skanking for some time yet!!
Graham Yates