The seeds of SIMMONZ were sown when Mike Simmons (Guitar) joined his brother Paulie Simmons (Drums) in the band Speedlimit back in the summer of 1979. They were still in their teens playing high school assemblies and pizza joints.
Speedlimit actually wound up on the big local rock station’s first album of all local music, WKDF’s “Street Hits”. Mike and Paul wrote the “epic” winning song “We Want You To Know” for Speedlimit. (On vinyl baby!)
From there Speedlimit morphed into AURA and later into NATAS DOG, playing a healthy mix of metal covers and originals.
A big change occurred when Mike and Paul hooked up with the amazing Irish bass player John “Skully” Downey in 1981. John had been in the local band Lust before that and knew a “great singer” but could not convince him to come over, so he instead convinced Mike and Paul to move out to Los Angeles with him to scout for a singer.
They said “Hell yeah!”
The brother’s really got to stretch out and play the more progressive metal style they loved with Downey. The influence of Rush, Eddie Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Dio and Rainbow was apparent.
LA was a great experience for the guys but the right combination was never achieved.
After moving back home in 1983 John finally convinced that “great singer” to give the band a try.
ASSAULT, formed in 1983, was the first all original metal band in Nashville.
The great singer mentioned before was none other than Cash Easlo.
Assault played around Nashville for a year or so and went into the now defunct Pollyfox studio and recorded a 6 song demo that was probably one of the most popular copied cassette’s in metal circles around Nashville in the early ‘80’s.
The birth of SIMMONZ was in’84 when Jamie Simmons took over on bass at the ripe old age of 16. With the 3 brothers tight as nails on the instruments and Easlo slammin’ on the vocals, SIMMONZ set the bar in the southeast for years.
The SIMMONZ live show was, and is always, a must see and hear. The band also did a good deal of recording over the years and has 5 cd’s culminating with “Days Like These” in 1999. The band and Chuck Allen produced DLT. Their good friend and renowned metal engineer and producer Michael Wagener did the mixing.
Lots of changes took place at the beginning of new millennium. The brothers and their “brother” Easlo parted ways for a while but always kept in touch.
After years of pursuing other projects (life, parenthood, recovery, jobs, touring, recording) the boys came back together in 2010 for a reunion show and have been working on new material ever since.
Look for some NEW SIMMONZ on the horizon soon!
There are a couple of teaser rough mixes up for your enjoyment: “Send This One Home” and “Let Your Love Reign”
There are some videos from an Exit In show featuring those two new songs and two more "Daughter" & "Slow Down".
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