Wow, I was introduced to Simon Says No!, an Oslo-based shoegaze 3 piece, at a @FutureSounds Rumble more than a year ago. They blew my mind (and my eardrums) then with their EP Ahoy de Angst. Now, finally, their getting ready to release their new album September 13 in Scandinavia. “Solitary Rush” is their new single and I’m still in shock after seeing this video. They’re just all polished up and ready for success. Check it out.
Over the weekend I caught up with Reuben of Simon Says No!, an up and coming Norwegian shoegaze group whose debut EP Ahoi de Angst has been making making waves. Pegged as a band to watch in 2009 by many, the group is in San Francisco tonight at Harlot sharing the bill with my favorite hometown band, Leopold and His Fiction. Don’t miss it! The event, sponsored by The Owl Mag, Future Sounds, Stranded in Stereo and SonicLiving, is free if you RSVP here and sure to rock your socks off!
the OCMD: I heard you’re in LA recording? Are you working on the follow up to your EP “Ahoi de Angst”?
SSN!: We’re recording one song right now with producer Michael Patterson (Beck, She Wants Revenge, Ladytron) at the Glory Hole studios. We’ve been here two days and this is the last day. We’re trying out where we are going to record our next album and might use this song on the new album.
the OCMD: Is your new album slated to be released soon?
SSN!: When we get home we’re planning to focus on our new songs and put together our ideas. The plan is to do some pre-production in the summer then start recording in August. That way the album should be ready for release next year.
the OCMD: Is this your first time in the US?
SSN!: No, this our second time. We were here last October for CMJ.and played a couple of shows in NY.
the OCMD: Right, you got a lot of good buzz from that CMJ show.
SSN: Yes, it was amazing and one of our best concerts we can think of. We got a lot of great feedback and in a way it really startled us because we had never done anything in the US before. It’s been really exciting time for us.
the OCMD: So the first time I heard your music, I couldn’t help think of Serena Maneesh – the only other Norwegian band I know. Were they an influence for you at all?
SSN!: Yeah, we live in the same town (Bergen, Norway) and the entire music scene there has been a big inspiration for us.
the OCMD:What is the music scene like in Norway? I know so little about it compared to your Swedish neighbors.
SSN!: In Oslo the indie rock scene is pretty huge. But in the second largest town where we live, which is Bergen, there’s a pretty big metal scene. Three of us in the band are from Bergen, so we definitely grew up and were influenced by the hardcore metal scene there. And we’ve definitely brought that kind of energy into the shoegaze sound we have.
the OCMD: I can definitely hear the metal influence in your music. It sounds good… and really loud! Should I bring my earplugs to your San Francisco show on April 1?
SNN!: Yes, we like to play loud. You might want to bring your earplugs!
Let’s see if I get this right. Sweden is to indie pop what Norway is to shoegaze rock. Or so it seems. Check out this Oslo-based shoegaze group calling themselves Simon Says No! and tell me if I’m wrong. Their sound is right up there with fellow shoegaze act Serena Maneesh. Their debut EP Ahoi de Angst will be released on February 2 through Spoon Train Audio in Norway. It’s only 4 tracks long but it leaves me wanting more.
They’ll be in San Francisco performing at Harlot on April 1. No joke!
1. Ahoi de Angst
3. Sleeping Heart
Listen to ‘Shiver’: