Simon Doom EP Release

Bosco Delrey, Trophy Bucks, Phoebe

Thu, April 28, 2016

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00/$10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Simon Doom
Simon O’Connor spends his days as the lead guitarist of Kuroma, but that wasn’t always the case. When he first met William Flynn and Jim Carroll at guitar camp at the age of 15, he was going by the name “Simon Doom” (a nom-de-plume courtesy of his then-band, Thulsa Doom). Many years and many bands later, O’Connor would be calling on Flynn (formerly of St. Vincent) and Carroll (Hope Conspiracy) to not only help him become Simon Doom again, but to invite them to play guitar and bass in his new band of the same name. Rounded out by longtime friend and musical collaborator Will Berman (MGMT, Kuroma) on guitar and drummer Brandon Collins(Apse), the band played their first show in the winter of 2014 at Brooklyn’s now-defunct Glasslands Gallery.

Shortly thereafter, The Replacements‘ Tommy Stinson and MGMT‘s BenGoldwasser separately brought the band into the studio to record tracks that would end up on their debut self titled EP, which was released in the summer of 2015.

The band’s latest offering, the 3-song Negotiate With the Monkey EP, literally found its way to Axis Mundi Records through the wall that its founders’ studio shares with Simon’s. The label’s founders, so enamored with the music that they decided to put it out immediately, were pleased to discover much more music recorded and ready to be shared. Be on the lookout for new EPs and a full-length later this year.

Negotiate With The Monkey loosely takes its title from a poem by Jim Carroll (the poet, no relation to Simon Doom’s Jim Carroll) about dealing with addiction. The EP showcases the group’s nuanced blend of classic power-pop, halcyon-days punk rock and even a touch of melodic hardcore, resulting in what O’Connor terms “‘pop-punk’… if ‘pop-punk’ didn’t mean ‘pop-punk.’” The band recorded the EP themselves, but sought out Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit) to do the mixing. The lead-off track, “Roseate” (a song about O’Connor’s childhood trips to New York’s Museum of Natural History) is prominently featured in the Michael Shannon-starring film Frank & Lola (Universal Pictures), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim.
Bosco Delrey
Hailing from New Jersey by way of Memphis, Bosco’s sound references the sounds of Sun Studios-era recordings, updating the lo-fi guitar twang with the use of an MPC drum machine and vintage synthesizer emulators to create a wall of distorted dance/grunge, with other apparent influences ranging from southern rap to church hymns and dancehall. This seemingly impossible alchemy was recently manifested on wax when Diplo’s Mad Decent released a stellar pair of Bosco Delrey 7-inches earlier this year, “Wild One/Evil Lives” and “Space Junky/My My Racecar,” both of which are also available digitally.

Bosco has just finished recording his debut album, “Everybody Wah,” which is slated for release on Mad Decent / Downtown Music in early 2011. He spent the past summer in Memphis, TN recording with Doug Easley at his acclaimed studio whose alumni include the White Stripes, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Wilco, and Cat Power. Also, the legendary Beastie Boys have recently taken a shine to young Bosco with both Mike D and Ad Rock pledging remix work due later this month.

In person, Bosco performs abstract narratives that exist somewhere between electro-psychedelia and distorted grunge-hall. Audiences in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles witnessed this sonic amalgam first-hand this summer as Bosco played the Mad Decent Block Party series. With so many conceptual hybrids existing in the same aural and geographic space, a Bosco Delrey show is steeped in possibility, the feeling that anything can happen.

“[Bosco is] a sort of garbage can Elvis from New Jersey… teaspoon craziness, a pinch of rockabilly, and full cup of soul dressed in a leather jacket. He can’t be topped as far as song writing… He’s doin’ the music I wish I could if I had bought a guitar.” -Diplo
Trophy Bucks
Trophy Bucks, from NYC, might only have one live demo online but it’s raw and thrilling enough to demand repeat plays. Frontwoman and superstar in waiting singer Aduni Gro delivers a killer vocal over some serious MC5 glam riffs and even finds room for a perfect, four-note organ solo in its all-too-short 2:13 running time. These guys are exactly the kind of band I used to dream of discovering in some club in downtown New York – so if your lucky enough to be there make sure you go and do just that at any upcoming shows.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/