band crush: simon doom
super-rad indie rock
Photo by Rylan Perry
You know that feeling you get when you suspect all your friends are hanging out without you? We've all been there, but not all of us start a musical super-group. Simon O'Connor, on the other hand, has.
While the rest of his band, Kuroma, was away on tour for MGMT, he began to write some new tracks. "Originally, I was writing songs for Kuroma, but I liked the way my vocals sounded on the tracks," he says. "I thought, 'I have been writing songs for other people to sing my whole life, why not sing 'em myself.' So, I got a band together and did just that."
With Will Berman (Kuroma/MGMT), Jim Carroll (Pure Love/Hope Conspiracy/Suicide File/Clouds), Brandon Collins (Rewards/Apse), and William Flynn (Sleepers Work/St. Vincent) on board, the band created their own version of indie rock, replete with punk influences. Shortly after coming together, Simon Doom—an homage to O'Connor's high-school nickname—caught the attention of The Replacements' Tommy Stinson, who asked to record the band's first EP and later produced their song "Punk Problems." MGMT's Ben Goldwasser produced the other two tracks on the self-titled EP, which was released earlier this week.
Everything from Assück to Zappa. From "power" to "pop."
I actually feel like Simon Doom lives on a totally different planet than MGMT. It's a much more personal project than anything I have done before. I wrote the songs with a teenage Simon in mind. More of a gruff, '90s New York teenage punk vibe—very east coast, super straightforward. I am just stoked my friends wanted to work on it with me.