New York, NY – May 4, 2023 – Tomorrow Sid Simons will release the heartfelt “Toy Gun” – listen HERE via all DSPs tomorrow – from his upcoming sophomore LP Beneath the Brightest Smiles on Jullian Records. The track is the second to be released ahead of the LP, following the rollicking first single “Wendy.” “Toy Gun” encourages a boyhood friend tackling a difficult background. When asked about the track, Simons shared, “‘Toy Gun’ is a song for my childhood friend. Who had a really rough upbringing. It’s a song for him saying ‘I’m proud of you for how far you’ve come.'”
You can listen to the single ahead of tomorrow’s release exclusively via Under the Radar – listen HERE – who said, “Toy Gun” pulls back on the grooves and group harmonies that colored “Wendy,” instead leaning on rollicking drums and driving guitar work as it builds toward a big sing-along chorus. Later in the track the band truly lets loose, bringing the song to a close with an explosive guitar solo and an infectious bubbly hook. The band’s fuzzy guitar tone and wistful songwriting hits a lot of the same nostalgic notes as the early aughts indie icons, but Simons also approaches the track with his own sense of warmth and sincerity. That especially shines through on the chorus as Simons cheers on a childhood friend, chanting “We’re proud of you kid.”
Along with this news, Simons will be bringing his rollicking live show to NYC’s Heaven Can Wait on Thursday, May 11 at 9:30 pm. When Simons played SXSW recently, Paste Magazine praised his performance as one of “The 20 Best Acts We Saw at SXSW 2023,” testimony that his live show is not to be missed! Beau, a fellow NYC band, opens the show and the DJ set will be provided by Charlotte Rose Benjamin.
For the upcoming Beneath the Brightest Smiles LP, Simons has created a stunning nine-track project with the help of super producer Gordon Raphael(The Strokes, Regina Spektor) with mixing by Dave Rowland(Post Malone, The-Dream, Pusha T, Ellie Goulding) at Mercy Sound Recording Studios(Blondie, TV On The Radio, Yoko Ono) in NYC’s East Village. Simons self-produced and engineered two tracks on Beneath the Brightest Smiles, while Paul Blackwell (Savants, Shilpa Ray, Zack Mexico) handled production, engineering, and mixing duties on the first single “Wendy.”
A staple of the downtown NYC music scene community, Sid Simons is Brooklyn-based, but spent his formative years all over the world. Born in Portland, OR, he was raised in Sydney, Australia, moved to NYC in his early teens and attended high school in Shanghai, China before returning to New York where, eschewing his final year of school, he opted to pursue a career in music. Formerly GIRL SKIN, Simons now performs under his own name with a versatile backing band. His voice is reminiscent of T. Rex’s Marc Bolan and his electrifying onstage performance invokes the spirit and swagger of Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and Liam Gallagher. Look for Beneath the Brightest Smiles out June 23rd via Jullian Records and listen to “Toy Gun” today HERE, everywhere tomorrow HERE and listen to “Wendy” also out now HERE.
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Beneath the Brightest Smiles
Out June 23, 2023
2. Three Days
4. Toy Gun
5. Dead Ringer
6. The Stanley Song
7. Only Smile
8. If I Said A Word
9. Please Stop Smoking Mum