Elad Shapiro has revealed SIMO’s new album will reflect a world in flux after admitting the band used first-hand experience of travelling the globe as inspiration for Rise & Shine.
The follow-up to Let Love Show The Way will be released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on September 15.
And Shapiro has promised a personal, political and social commentary on life in 2017.
“This is an album about change,” says Elad. “We looked at what’s been happening in our own lives as well as what’s been happening in the world.
“Everyone is changing: personally, politically, socially. We’ve seen it. We’ve felt it. And we’re writing about it.”
SIMO played 215 shows in 2016 and worked on new music along the way – working out chord changes in hotel rooms and tweaking song arrangements during soundcheck.
Rise & Shine is an eclectic mix as a result and singer JD Simo added: “If you go through my record collection and look at the more contemporary titles you’ll find the Roots, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, and Ryan Adams.
“I listen to a lot of old soul music, too: Isaac Hayes, Funkadelic and Bob Dylan. On Rise & Shine I was just trying to cull from the vastness that is my normal music diet and not trying to pander to some target that was easy to hit.”
SIMO began recording Rise & Shine in February 2017, producing the album themselves (with help from engineer Don Bates) in Nashville’s House of Blues Studio D.
“There was a lot more sonic experimentation going on,” explained drummer Adam Abrashoff. “Every track has a different sonic imprint,” added Simo. “We took great care to make each track’s sonic identity match the mood of the song. Even though that meant starting from scratch every day with how the studio was setup.”
SIMO often worked through the night to complete the recording process and Simo said: “There are certain records that stick out in my mind as sounding like they were made in the middle of the night. When Frank Sinatra sings One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) to me it sounds like 2am. Bob Dylan’s Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands sounds like 3am or 4am. There were certain songs of ours that I knew would benefit from that nighttime feel, where you’re up and working while the rest of the world is asleep.”