If a three-piece blues-rock band with a penchant for deep psych and improvisation who are led by a virtuoso guitarist doesn't sound familiar to you, then you've obviously never heard of Cream. Nashville's SIMO do share plenty of similarities to the British power trio and, much like Cream, they were all doing session work or playing with other bands before they got together to jam back in 2010. The results were so good that they decided to form a band after just three hours. A self-titled debut album followed just a year later, and at the end of January its follow-up, 'Let Love Show The Way' is set to land.
Freebie 'Long May You Sail' sounds absolutely huge and is all the more impressive for the fact that the song was recorded in uncut live takes with no editing. The guitar work of JD Simo (from who they take their name) is woven throughout the track and moves from searing blues to fuggy and experimental psychedelia, while the force generated by the rhythm section is also not to be messed with. A deep, southern-fried vocal tops off SIMO's sound and the almost free-form sections are exciting, whereas in other hands they can become horribly self-indulgent. The energy is palpable, and you could compare it to more recent groups like The Mooney Suzuki. SIMO are a force to be reckoned with and if the rest of the album follows suit they could be massive.
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