Simon Says

Simon Says Reunite With Original Lineup, New Album & EP On The Way


Simon Says have reunited with their original lineup of vocalist Matt Franks, guitarist Zac Diebels, bassist Mike Arrieta, and drummer Mike Johnston. The Sacramento, CA outfit have also newly signed with THC: Music and are working on material for their first new album in over twenty years. A May 2024 release is expected for that outing, with more details to come.

A 3-song digital EP is being lined up to surface ahead of that early in the new year, featuring a brand new single, as well as re-recorded and updated versions of an undisclosed track from “Jump Start“, and a re-recorded version of the “Shut Your Breath” b-side “Dyslexic Smile“. Both “Jump Start” and “Shut Your Breath” recently returned to digital service providers.

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Additionally, this December will find THC: Music digitally releasing newly remastered versions of the band’s 1997 debut album “Little Boy” and it’s 1997 follow-up, “Perfect Example“. Addressing this return to active duty, vocalist Matt Franks commented:

“It really happened by accident. We got back together and got in a room to even discuss this stuff, because of the huge amount of fan interest in the first two records, which, at the time, were not even available digitally. So, we got together to discuss that, and try to figure out how to reconnect with our former label, Hollywood, and find a path to release for those records, which really sparked a renewed interest and friendship for all of us, after getting in the same room after so long.

As so much time had passed, you realize hurt feelings from 20 years ago don’t really matter anymore, and I think we all have kind of a renewed appreciation and respect for each other, and the ability for us to even be able to play music together. We’re just thankful there are so many fans still pulling for us, and looking forward to whatever new experiences this next chapter will bring, for us, and the fans.”

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