Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana that varies greatly on its exterior layers but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising… blend[ing] authentic roots rock rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style,” and the lyrical compositions of frontman Phil Simpkin range “from the simply truthful to the stirringly anthemic.” Their dedication and respect for reggae music is both seen and heard through their non-stop, enthusiastic live performances, songwriting style and studio recordings.
Rich guitar work that draws from influences in blues and rock ‘n’ roll is rarely in dull company, propelled steadily forward by the band’s thumping drums, bass and percussion, and the clockwork sound of rhythm guitar that defines Jamaica’s most culturally celebrated music. Their keyboard arrangements are lush and vibrant, providing a melodic backdrop against which three-part vocal harmonies shine brightly.
These pieces come together to form a kind of living machine comprised of six cogs that change shape and size and tempo, and it moves not only bodies on a dance floor, but the hearts and minds inside them.
Danny (singer/songwriter) fronted Los Angeles based Reggae/Soul band INTERNATIONAL FARMERS who wrote two albums before he moved to Hawaii. After two years on the island, he moved to Carlsbad to become a rep for Stone Brewing Co. Scott Clayton, long time friend in the biz, came across him on Facebook one day & noticed he moved to the area. Knowing Danny's skills & style, Scott jumped on the opportunity to start a low pressure project with him.
Scott & Jonam have been a drum & bass pair since 2008, 1st backing Ikaika Beamer, & next starting the band SHORELINE ROOTZ.
Scott, Jonam, Carlos & Jeff were all in Shoreline Rootz together. When the backing band dispersed, Carlos & Jeff joined Piracy Conspiracy. Jonam started a family and went to golf academy, while Scott started a music booking agency.
Fast forward 2 years later & we've finally gained back the urge to create like we used to & share it with our friends!
The name "New Leaf" derives from us all coming back to music after it taking a toll on us. Opening a new chapter in life, looking at things in a new & positive way, and starting over fresh is what New Leaf is all about. We feel our sounds reflect this way of thinking as we feel it's very unique & special.