Simon Wright Band’s new EP is coming
Inspired by South Pacific Reggae and ’50s/’60s rhythm and blues, The Simon Wright Band has taken their new EP Live at 52 in a different direction. Due out in late September, the 5 track EP was recorded and filmed as a live session in the studio.
Though he grew up in a house with over 30 guitars and had a musician for a father, lead vocalist and songwriter Simon Wright had little interest in music. A keen surfer and skater, Simon only took up playing and writing songs about 10 years ago when he became disillusioned by university. Early influences like Ben Harper have given way to bands like Fat Freddy’s Drop and Che-Fu, as well as Dirty Loops and ’90s soul.
Rather than pigeon-holing themselves in one genre, The Simon Wright Band has created a fusion of styles that allows for spontaneity in their gigs.
Mixing soul, funk, rhythm and blues, as well as some crowd-pleasing Michael Jackson covers, The Simon Wright Band continues to gain a reputation for their dynamic live performances.
At present the EP is going through a final mix and Simon has launched pre-sales through the crowd sourcing website Pozible to help raise the $2000 dollars needed to complete it. Apart from receiving a copy of the new EP Live at 52, one lucky person will have The Simon Wright Band play at their house.
Currently in residence at the Evelyn Hotel and Veludo, Simon wanted to capture the energy of their gigs on the EP and has similar projects in mind down the track. An album with a horn and orchestral section is not out of the question.
Plans for a European tour are well under way and a North Coast tour covering Byron Bay, Brisbane and Sydney is scheduled for this December and March next year.
The Simon Wright Band is in residence at the Evelyn Hotel – 351 Brunswick Fitzroy – Tuesday nights from 9pm and Veludo – 175 Acland Street St Kilda – Sunday nights from 7pm, until the end of August. Free entry.
Go to Simon’s website for further info.
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Author DetailsChris Gorley
Chris Gorley is a Melbourne based freelance writer and filmmaker. He is currently working on several television and film projects.
Chris writes a blog, kinskifever.