The Simmertones are:
Lead Vocals – Glyn Wilcox
Drums – Big Rob Murphy
Bass – Del Boy Anning
Keys – Pete Morris
Guitar – Martin Vowles
Tenor Sax – Keith Waller
Tenor Sax – Jade Gall
Trombone – Sam Smith
Trumpet – Sam Massey
Over the past decade The Simmertones have established themselves as one of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands. These nine South West musicians regularly get packed venues and festivals jumping with their exciting and infectious live sound.
Between 2016-2018 The Simmertones’ live shows continued to reach new heights, with prestigious and well received appearances at The London International Ska Festival, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Madness’ House of Fun Weekender (twice).
Nov 2018 Madness once again selected The Simmertones to open for them, where they impressing the crowd of 6000 with their self-penned infectious tunes and lively performance.
The band are frequently played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, particularly by Jo Whiley, Vanessa Feltz and Steve Lamacq, who have playlisted their songs ‘Run For Your Life’, ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ and ‘Dr Who’.
Early 2019 will see the release of an eagerly awaited, brand new studio album entitled ’10 Feet Tall’. The Simmertones’ previous album ‘Something For The Weekend?’ won ‘Best Album’ at the South West Music Awards in 2013. The album received worldwide airplay, as well as rave reviews from Ruby Turner and members of The Specials and Madness.
One of the albums’ singles provided The Simmertones with 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.
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.
The bands’ first EP “Presenting the Simmertones, Volume 1” is best known for a wild ska reworking of the Doctor Who theme tune, which continues to receive regular national airplay on BBC Radio 1, 2 and most recently on a BBC 6 Music Dr Who special in 2017.
Their 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 on BBC Radio 2. The single ‘Bring Your Love to Me’ was played on BBC 6 Music by DJs Huey Morgan and Steve Lamacq and its video featured a voiceover by actor Phil Daniels (Blur ‘Parklife’, Quadrophenia).
Since forming in 2007, The Simmertones have continued to build a strong following across the UK and beyond through their live gigs and recordings. With their exciting, original sound and rising popularity, the future looks very bright for The Simmertones.
“Really great to see this hardworking, dedicated band pushing on with confidence. Real infectious and got me bopping along!”
“These guys are bloody roasting!”
Roddy Radiation, The Specials
“This Simmertones album is so uplifting! Hypnotic, thirst inducing tunes.”
Lee Thompson, Madness
RATRACE ARE DORSETS PREMIER AND ORIGINAL SKA BAND, PLAYING VENUES & FESTIVALS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, RATRACE HAVE ALSO SUPPORTED MANY OF THE SKA GREATS, LIKE THE SELECTER, THE BEAT AND AGAIN THIS YEAR BAD MANNERS. WITH OVER 19 YEARS NOW KEEPING IT SKA SKA SKA!