The Shimmer Band
The Shimmer Band : Hurtling out of the south of Bristol – and if you know Bristol at all, you’ll know it’s the south that matters – The Shimmer Band channel an explosive mix of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia that sounds at once gratifyingly familiar and yet thrillingly fresh. Oozing attitude like a raw wound seeps blood, the five piece - Tom Newman (singer), Willz Hatcher (drums), Tom Smith (guitar / synths), Tom Kuras (bass) and Babsy (guitar) – capture the vitality and ferocity of the greats, adding their own triumphant swagger and brash gang mentality to instant anthems like the Suicidemeets-Sly-Stone chaos of ‘Shoot Me (Baby)’, the stoned-but-soaring strut of ‘What Is Mine?’ and the ecstatic victory call that is ‘Freedom’. Throw in the scorched fuzz of ‘Freak City’ and ‘Ya Ya (Uh Oh)’s suitably insouciant savagery and you’ll find a band whose edge is so sharp that you won’t even feel it cut you wide open.