Meet our August Band of the Month, The Simplicity 

*Adds to workout playlist immediately* 

Staff Writer
Staff Writer
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August 8, 2023

If you’re new here, welcome to our monthly series, Band of the Month, where we bring you the best new bands that should be on your workout playlist. This month, we’re featuring The Simplicity, a three-piece rock band hailing from Charleston, South Carolina. 

Frontman John Biass says the band got its start in 2019 when he and bandmates Tommy Merritt and Drew Lewis “were all working at the same music shop, and the bands we were in at the time were falling apart. We started jamming and then we basically rehearsed for like 6 months straight,” he says. 

“We were all really digging music from the 60s and early 70s,” Biass continues, noting that The Simplicity’s sound was inspired by “a lot of protopunk and garage rock music like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Standells, and then also we would listen to classics like The Stones, The Band, and The Beatles.” 

If that sounds like your jam, you’re going to want to add the following songs to your playlist. Handpicked by the band, the songs are: 

  1. DAHLIN’ – Biass says “This is the song to put on to pump you up on the way to the gym.” 
  2. PAIN RELIEVER FEVER REDUCER – “Put this on repeat for best results,” the frontman instructs. 
  3. I WANNA
  5. PERCY ST.

From “rehearsing in a little room almost five years ago,” to now having made two records, The Simplicity says they’re most proud of how far the band has come. 

Image courtesy of The Simplicity

“We’re pushing ourselves every day to make this thing bigger, and to have more fun doing it,” Biass says of what has been the band’s biggest accomplishment so far. “The new record we are working on is some of the best music we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait for people to hear all the tunes.” 

Want more from The Simplicity? Follow them @thesimplicityisnotgood, and check them out at the Music Farm on September 1 with Fo Daniels and Deaf Andrews. Tickets are available here

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