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Just for the record Oslo-based band Simon Says No did not take their name

from the popular children’s game “Simon Says…”  After messing around with different genres and bands, Ruben Nesse challenged his former band mate Simon to start a solo project. Simon’s answer was clear! “NO!” But having found a mutual fascination for the droning shoegaze, the guys couldn’t help taking that “No!” to the stage. But Instead of as a solo outfit the guys booked their first show as a two-piece. In the fall of 2006 Bergen got to meet Simon Says No! but it wouldn’t be for the last time.

The following year was one of peaks and valleys for the newly fit-and-fighting unit.  They added a drummer and bassist, fooled around with a female vocalist live and released a couple of songs on cassette. One of the songs “Para Circus,” was named “Song of the Month” on Norway’s biggest radio station, NRK P3’s, “Urørt” (untouched). It also made it’s way all to the “Song of the Year” finals in 2007.  Other radio stations jumped on board spinning the single, and the band toured Norway to packed clubs.

Still searching for the right setup Ruben and Simon moved to Oslo in the summer of ’08. Here they’d already hooked up with now permanent members Even Aarebrot (drums and backing vocals) and Rolf Helle Mathiesen (bass). The two created an instant synergy with the founders and took their sound to new dimensions, a synergy that was more the evident on the following Norwegian tour. According to the band, “Every concert is unique. We don’t know what happens before it does. Bring your earplugs and join us in our voyage.”

The crowds around Norway became all too familiar with the band’s live assaults, and it was this same process on stage that won them an entire new legion of fans at their US debut during October 2008′s CMJ Music Marathon in New York.

In February 2009 the band released their debut EP “Ahoi de Angst”.  The EP was met with rave reviews and took the band around Scandinavia, to their british neighbors and across the US. The EP cleary showd the bands potensial in their shoegaze fasination and hardcore-obsessed past. The way their classic songwriting fit’s in with the noisiness of the 90’s Camden and the kraut of the  60s/70s.  The band stated; “Ahoi de Angst captures the essence of Simon Says No!, shaped through time, different band members, and cold dark winters.”

Still being true to their shoegaze haratige, the band discovered that people was staring to lable them as a “Foo-Gaze” outfit during their US tour of 2009. The expression was first used by Rolf in New York as a joke, but was starting to stick with the band. Finding it true that their live set had gone a bit slower and havier, they started to grow fond of their new labled genre. In LA they recorded the first song for the new album with Michael Patterson. Solitary Rush, was recorded during four intesive days in a dark and dirty Hollywood studio. The song only confirming the new colours and shapes of their gaze.

Taking with them all the inpiration from the tours and the LA sessions, Simon Says No! continued to work on their first ful length album during the summer of 2009.  New ideas emerge daily and songs was being shaped in great pace. At the same time Simon felt more and more disconetced from the band. He joined in on the first first studio sessions in Harrys Gym (Oslo), but struggeled to find his place in the new songs. He decided, half way through the recordings, to leave the band he named and formed three years earlier. The three remaining members finished the album with Bjarne Stensli and Nick Terry as their Co-producers. Recordning in Oslo and Aalesund, they opened the doors to friends and co-musicians to compliment their own strengths and to fulfill their sonic visions for the record.

Simon Says No! Continued their collaboration with Nick Terry (Klaxons, Primal Scream, Serena Maneesh) as the album moved into mixing room. Spening twice as much time as predicted, the long days of perfection was spent on different locations around Norway. Terrys dedication was evident as he, nor the band, would settle at anything less then 100% satisfaction, adjusting and pushing the mixes to the max.

Signing with brilliance Records during the spring of 2010, Simon Says No!’s self titled album debut is due September the 13th. The album will be released in Scandinavia  first, but is expected to make it’s way to the rest of Europe and Japan during the autumn of 2010.



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