ALBUM: Simmer – Paper Prisms

Release Date: March 4th 2016
Label: Dog Knight Productions
Website: None available


Simmer is such an appropriate name for a band like this. It’s not going to get overly excited, and you can leave it on in the background without having to pay too much attention to it. The Cheshire band made waves last year with their popular EP, ‘Yellow Streak’ and have come round with their debut full-length ‘Paper Prisms’ to continue their soothing and mellow ambience.

As soon as the fuzzy guitar starts on ‘Faze’, all the feelings on ‘Yellow Streak’ are instantly back as Simmer have got their mould out for another run. The quiet vocals have become a staple for the band who are leading the way for this new generation of sad-punk that Britain is producing. An emotional but vague throwback to the 90s has become extremely popular as the taste of minimalist yet miserable music is rife with the kids that never got to experience grunge.

The instrumental ‘Calendar’ has the bare backbone of a poetic Title Fight track, and main single ‘Charles’ has a bit more oomph from singer Julius Schiazza to give it a more direction and excitement.

If you listen to music based on poignant indie films where the antagonist stares out of the window of a bus with their headphones on, or even if you find Basement are too melodic and heavy for you, then Simmer are your knights in slightly glimmering armour. ‘Paper Prisms’ is an ideal soundtrack for your break-up, but there just aren’t enough memorable moments or songs here. ‘Antwerp’ is too slow and dramatic for so early on in the album, and, although ‘Caliche’ is one of the highlights, you wouldn’t be able to pick it out if the record was put on shuffle. Simmer are probably the best at what they do, but the interest and repeatability is compromised for melancholy.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)