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ALBUM REVIEW: THE SIMMERTONES – TEN FEET TALL

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★★★★☆
ARTIST: THE SIMMERTONES
ALBUM: TEN FEET TALL
LABEL: WINDRUSH
Bring in the summer ska.

Madness, Bad Manners and Specials fans will be strapping on their boots and braces for this 13 track album of hearty British ska. The band are tight and singer Glyn belts out the retro tunes with ecstatic vitality. ‘El Gringo’ is a fast paced festival skank-along whilst ‘Silly Girl’ brings in upbeat bouncing brass with lyrics reminiscent of the original Jamaican ska of the 60s. The esteemed UK ska and reggae band throw in a minute and a half instrumental on ‘Bring It Down’, keeping in line with the classic ska tradition. The band could happily sit on the bill of any festival next to the two tone bands or more modern ska groups like Aggrolites and Popes of Chilitown. The nine-piece group from the South West have already rocked the festival circuit including Boomtown and Bestival. Their cover of ‘Fat Back (Tear It Up)’ is a faultless effort and high energy recording that adds 21st century life to the old favourite.

Paula Frost

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