Combining a plethora of musical influences to evolve into their current form as a band, Sarpa Salpa have come through with a really funky number which feels like a really modern twist on times gone by. ‘Simple Pleasures’ feels like the best of everything that is modern pop music with a hint of that glorious era of funk from the 1970’s and 80’s.
The track has some beautifully glassy guitar tones and some playing that can only be described as supremely executed and very well rehearsed. To play funk this well and cleanly as a guitarist may sound easy but is deceivingly difficult. Not to mention the little nods to the Math Rock genre with the quirky licks and natural harmonic fills.
Sarpa Salpa have not only seen success in the way of major support from national radio tastemakers, such as Jack Saunders (BBC Radio One), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Radio X and many others. But the band have also seen their music featured on popular TV series Made In Chelsea. As well as this, the lads have played a string of huge festivals including Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a slot at the USA’s SXSW. Along with support slots for bands such as The Amazons, Lottery Winners and Electric Six. It becomes abundantly clear the minute you switch on a track from these lads, that this sort of success if not even more is absolutely deserved. You don’t get to this level without banging tunes and relentless hard work, something which this group obviously possess in countless supplies.
‘Simple Pleasures’ is a track which encapsulates everything that is great about songwriting from an excellent group of musicians and a set of lads who I would absolutely tip to do big things. A really fresh sound in an otherwise oversaturated market, Sarpa Salpa definitely know how to set themselves apart from the rest.
Written by Simon Stirzaker