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The Simpletone

‘Angels’ Share’ released 1st November 2016.

Having followed The Simpletone’s journey since the summer of 2010, whether I liked it or not, I just knew we had to review this highly anticipated album that the band have so gracefully named AngelsShare which was self released on 1st November 2016.

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Of course like all music critics out there today, we all have our own opinions as to whether a band is any good or not, purely for the simple fact that we spend so much of our spare time watching live bands and I have to say that when asked to review an album for a band, I usually run for the hills screaming “WIFE” and she normally sorts it for me. To be honest, I struggle with being positive and critical at the same time, especially when taking into consideration all the time and effort the band has gone to with writing and production and of course, not to mention practice time aswell but when it comes to The Simpletone, it positive news all day long – true Rock ‘n’ Roll without the bullshit.

Just to give people some back-ground information about these guy’s from the Cambridgeshire area – the band released their first album ‘Rampennyback in 2012, then went on to release a second album called ‘Dark Matter’ in 2014 which I also had the pleasure of reviewing. The Simpletone are without a doubt in a league of their own and over the years, I’ve watched them grow into the formidable force that they have become today. A good old fashioned rock band with attitude, relentless raw energy and bursting with anti-establishment written all over them, after all what’s a rebel without a cause and why not, it’s only rock n roll but we like it!

This album is for fans across the globe because as expected, Angelsshare delivers a thoroughly magical mix of rock with groovy rolls. I’m also pleased to say that it still retains some darker forces with an alternative edge plus a few twists and turns throughout.

The first song ‘Out of Control‘ was what I’d call good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll that places The Simpletone still firmly on track. The band have stayed true to their roots as masters of musical evolution following a willingness to learn, explore and create that, which has endless possibilities. This song is an album seller!

The band have released a video for ‘Storm Chaser‘ in support of the new album so do check it out. I think it’s a beautiful and exhausting track all at the same time with lots of low and highs, almost like the story of a bumble bee stuck in a room bashing it’s head against a window trying to find a way out, a relentless battle and I have to say I love the keyboard in this track – feed me more Simpletone, now!

The album continues on with the ever so distinctive sound of ‘Black Box‘, with it’s filling of heavier rock riffs that fuel a desire that make me wanna get groovy. The devil sure found his way into this one and for me it is a lyrical master class with the perfect mix of sound and vision. This track is followed by ‘Fire In The Sky‘ which is a good title for this track but I’d consider changing the name to zoom, have a listen and you’ll know what I mean. Please add another two minutes to this song Glenn as it’s an amazing track, just a real shame it’s over before it begins and you’ve definitely left me wanting more!

The sixth track on the album ‘Nehemiah‘ really got me thinking about how different it was from the others as in the absence of Glenn’s distinctive vocals, the voice of the band is heard through the content of drum, bass and guitar. Maybe somebody lit a spliff before writing it as it starts off as a really lightly chilled ambient kind of acoustic track which then bursts into one of the best guitar solo’s I’ve heard in decades.

As we head towards the end of the album, things start to slow down slightly with track seven – it only gets better. A degree slower than the first few songs but it has a great feeling to it and suddenly bursts into the mayhem of guitar riffing madness that feeds any true rockers heart with epic vibes.

Things are definitely back on track with the next little number, ‘Above So Below‘ and for me, this track sits perfectly in the Simpletone comfort zone and can easily be enjoyed by all music lovers. A well written structured mix and one of my favorite tracks on the album so I’m sure this track will be a very popular.

The band have also released a second single in the form of ‘Easy Come‘ and it’s well worth a watch to see what you think but for me, this is a plain and simple master piece from the Simpletone once again and as Glenn clearly states in this song ‘their are no rules in Rock n Roll’.

The final track on the album is ‘Hunters‘ and here enters the ghost in the machine or should I say the storm is coming. There are definitley darker forces a foot here, as this track raises two fingers up to the establishment with a message that the only real democracy that exists in this country today is Rock n Roll. A perfect finale to a truly enjoyable album from The Simpletone and one which I can confidently recommend.

Full track list: 1.Out of Control 2.Love Street 3.Storm chaser 4.Black box 5.Fire In The Sky 6.Nehemiah 7.Day By Day 8.As Above so below 9.Easy Come 10.Hunters.

The Simpletone: Glenn Eastoe, john Davison, Craig Seymour and Tom Cahill.

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Review by Martin Wardle.

The Simpletone

Band Of The Month.

Following the release of The Simpletone’s highly recommended new album “Dark Matter”, we’ve decided to nominate the band and feature their latest video “Cold Silver Broken” which is taken from their album, as our featured Band Of The Month. Checkout the review for the new album below.

The Simpletone

The Simpletone were formed in the summer of 2010 and have never stopped to look back since that date. Being collectively influenced by the likes of The Doors, Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Biffy Clyro – to name only a few, it has been a natural path of evolution that these guys have taken, steering them on a trip into a sublime world of stoner/alternative infused rock which also sits on the wilder side of grunge.

Much like the experience of their first album, ‘Rampenny’, The Simpletone’s bite for adventure comes crashing through in ‘Dark Matter’ and most splendidly announces the dawn of this, their next awakening. With dutiful rich rock melodies pulsing out from the heart of this album, along with a crisp progressive and psychedelic edge, this is an album destined to be a hit with the classic rock audience.

As with any band, The Simpletone have several identifiable characteristics that epitomize their identity and without doubt, the powerful vocals of Glenn Eastoe is one of them. Distinctive in his tone and cut from the most solid of rock, the vocals on each track provide a superbly forged strength and atmosphere that draws out the energy in ‘Dark Matter’ which is simply contagious.

‘Dark Matter’ is a great second album with a wealth of spectacular tracks on it with the standout songs on it in my opinion being ‘Streets Of Rage’, ‘Devil Rider’, ‘Hotel Motel’, ‘Hero’s’ and ‘Pick Me Up’. Definitely an album that you can jump into feet first and enjoy and one that warrants an 8/10 and a HELL YEAH! from me – epic!

The Simpletone are Jonny Davison: Lead Guitar, Alex Aprigliano: Bass, Craig Seymour: Drums/Vocals and Glenn Eastoe: Guitar/Vocals and you can checkout more on the links below:

Review by Martin Wardle.

The Simpletone

Album Review – Dark Matter

Track Listing 1. Streets Of Rage 2. Whiskey Head 3. The Colour Of Blood 4. Hotel Motel 5. Devil Rider 6. Only The Brave 7. Pick Me Up 8. Land Of Lost Souls 9. Rich Man, Sick Man 10. Heroes 11. Cold Silver Broken.

The Simpletone

The Simpletone were formed in the summer of 2010 and have never stopped to look back since that date. Being collectively influenced by the likes of The Doors, Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Biffy Clyro – to name only a few, it has been a natural path of evolution that these guys have taken, steering them on a trip into a sublime world of stoner/alternative infused rock which also sits on the wilder side of grunge.

Much like the experience of their first album, ‘Rampenny’, The Simpletone’s bite for adventure comes crashing through in ‘Dark Matter’ and most splendidly announces the dawn of this, their next awakening. With dutiful rich rock melodies pulsing out from the heart of this album, along with a crisp progressive and psychedelic edge, this is an album destined to be a hit with the classic rock audience.

As with any band, The Simpletone have several identifiable characteristics that epitomize their identity and without doubt, the powerful vocals of Glenn Eastoe is one of them. Distinctive in his tone and cut from the most solid of rock, the vocals on each track provide a superbly forged strength and atmosphere that draws out the energy in ‘Dark Matter’ which is simply contagious.

‘Dark Matter’ is a great second album with a wealth of spectacular tracks on it with the standout songs on it in my opinion being ‘Streets Of Rage’, ‘Devil Rider’, ‘Hotel Motel’, ‘Hero’s’ and ‘Pick Me Up’. Definitely an album that you can jump into feet first and enjoy and one that warrants an 9/10 and a HELL YEAH! from me – epic!

Checkout “Cold Silver Broken” which is their official video from the new album “Dark Matter.

The Simpletone are Jonny Davison: Lead Guitar, Alex Aprigliano: Bass, Craig Seymour: Drums/Vocals and Glenn Eastoe: Guitar/Vocals and you can checkout more on the links below:

Review by Martin Wardle.