No one would have believed JD Simo or his colleagues would have done that. The public had put the band from Nashville into the jam blues rock drawer. Although they were anything but disappointed with their penultimate album "Let Love Show The Way" (2016), "Rise & Shine" is a different, much stronger caliber. It's funky, groovy, soulful, and yet they haven't completely forgotten Hendrix and psychedelic blues rock. The album is already a definite highlight of the rock year 2017.
eclipsed: We are shocked - in the positive sense - by the new SIMO plant. What devil rode you there?
JD Simo: Several. Okay, I can see you put us in the blues rock and retro corner, too. I have nothing against that, because the best rock music came into being in the late sixties and early seventies. And with our album "Let Love Show The Way" we delivered our Hippie Bluesrock Woodstock statement. I still like it, but in the end it was very easy to record. But that doesn't mean we always have to do the same thing. That's why we didn't make it so easy for ourselves on the new album, but rather screwed our demands far up.
eclipsed: So it was clear from the start that this time you would really open up wide stylistically?
Simo: Yes, we had planned to work hard on ourselves, our sound and our songs. We wanted to find out where a musical journey could take us. This was not always easy goin', there were also some wrong ways. We tried a lot of new things for ourselves. We personally don't have any musical blinkers, so we wanted to create an album on which we could integrate much of what made us musically curious.
Who would have expected this further development? While Lonely Kamel were still quite unspectacular, albeit uncompromising Wummer Rock on their debut three years ago, "Shit City" now leaves a much more lasting impression. The nine new tracks unite different moods, which fascinate you from the very beginning.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.