Toronto-based garage rock/synth-pop quartet Neon Bloom is a unique blending of musical styles, creative influences and wonderfully diverse personalities. Combining the talents of veteran musicians/recording artists Jen Simpson (lead vocals), bassist/guitarist Fred Yurichuk, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Chow and drummer/keyboardist Chris Romano, Neon Bloom has already staked a claim as one of the most innovative and energetic live bands on the Toronto scene, by invoking their collective experience as live performers, and a dedicated sense of professionalism and passion for their craft.
Formed three years ago, the story behind their origin may not seem to be out of the ordinary on first examination. But dig a little deeper and you realize that the back story gives great meaning to so many aspects of the band, from their energetic stage shows, to their overall look and creative aesthetic, their dedication to their craft, and especially Simpson’s powerful lyrical creations. More importantly, the story behind the story is why each band member is so committed to one another, and to their collective musical enterprise, and why they approach life and music with such joyful abandon.
Simpson and Yurichuk met through a musicians’ ‘matchmaking’ website and began jamming together in 2017. Realizing they had a lot on common career-wise, and in the sort of music they wished to create, the pair sought out players to round out the lineup, eventually landing upon Chow and then Romano. Simpson had spent time playing with Toronto-based all-girl punk band Machetes in the first decade of the new millennium. That band was managed by Roger O’Donnell, the Cure’s keyboard player, and toured North America and the U.K. before breaking up in 2009. She then moved on to a project with her then-husband based out of New York City. Yurichuk toured Canada, Asia and South America with the band Girl + The Machine, one of many bands that he has toiled with over more than two decades in the music business. These two experienced and savvy musicians knew what they were looking for in bandmates and found them in both Chow and Romano, who were also experienced players on the local scene.
“Neon Bloom” music video for “Lover’s Dance”