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+ The Embezzlers
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.
During 2016/17 The Simmertones’ live shows continued to reach new heights, with prestigious and well received appearances at The London International Ska Festival, Madness’ House of Fun Weekender, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival. 2018 is another cracking year for this special band as they release their fifth release 10 Feet Tall and will play The Main Stage at this year’s HOF on the Friday night, just before Madness take to the stage.
The band are frequently played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, particularly by Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, who have playlisted their songs Run For Your Life, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps and Dr Who.
The spring of 2018 saw 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.
‘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
Purveyors of ska, The Embezzlers are a 6 piece, 100% live, ska band based in Exeter, Devon.
Playing the best in ska and 2tone from Desmond Dekker, Toots and Jimmy Cliff to The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and The Beat etc. Oh… and there’s even a tiny little bit of The Clash thrown in for good measure!
Going back to the late 70s and early 80s the sounds of the likes of Madness, The Selector and The Specials were floating around on the airwaves, uplifting the spirits… and that music still does that to this day because SKA and 2TONE was, and still is, a movement that unites people. All sorts of folk turn out for Embezzler shows and no matter who they are and where they are from, they are all there for the same thing – The Music (oh… and maybe a few beers too!). So whatever your roots, come and join the extended family!
Comprising of a bunch of highly experienced and extremely dedicated musicians , The Embezzlers have every base covered with a top notch horn section, killer keys, perfect off beat strings, crazy tight drums and all fronted by ‘Murph’… Front Man with more energy than a Gallon of Red Bull! If you can keep up with him then you are a true ‘Bezzler’!
The Skata Tones
The sharp-dressed, high-octane group has been stunning audiences at gigs and festivals over the past few years, going from strength to strength. With a fusion of ska, reggae, dub and dance sounds, Skata Tones always have the crowd jumping, skanking and singing along.
VENUE: EXETER PHOENIX