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May 23 • Southgate House Revival

By Reyan Ali · May 20th, 2013 · Sound Advice
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A good overzealous band bio can make for quite the unintentional treat. Take what Simo and/or its management cooked up when someone decided to go off the rails with the hard sell. According to the bio as it appears on the Southgate House Revival's page, Simo is “the new breed of modern Rock,” frontman and namesake JD Simo “is destined for guitar sainthood,” the three-piece devised “an album’s worth of future classics” soon after assembling in 2010 and even the group's home base of Nashville, Tenn., is no less than “the new Rock & Roll mecca.” 

Yeah, music writers, glass houses, throwing stones, etc. — plus Simo is just a young band on the hustle. But c'mon. Let's attempt some restraint, folks.

Breathless praise aside, the outfit's 2011 record, Simo, is workmanlike Psychedelic/Classic Rock with a good number of highlights, including the acoustic-gone-full-throttle-Rock rush of “Young Man, Old Man” and the boozy, midnight-hour-in-the-dive-bar Blues of “What's On Your Mind.” 

When the aforementioned bio talks about Simo having Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin as ancestors, it's not playing around.

The band is also working on a second record, tentatively called Let Love Show The Way, which, based on title alone, will presumably be more wholehearted flower-power-era worship. But really, the biggest question is whether or not Simo's future promotional texts will be able to top the most hyperbolic press release in the entire history of human civilization.

SIMO plays Thursday, May 23 with The Mudpies at Southgate House Revival in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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