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Published: 2011/12/01

Stylofone Reunion with Members of MGMT, Amazing Baby and More

Stylofone will reunite for a performance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 17. Dum Dum Girls will support with a DJ set. The band’s members have gone to join such noted bands as MGMT (Will Berman), Acrylics (Jason Klauber) and Amazing Baby (Simon O’Connor) since splitting around 2008. Berman was actually a member of MGMT in college but left the band in 2005; he rejoined the group in 2008 and remains their drummer.

“After [a disastrous tour with Of Montreal in 2005] I think we were all pretty depressed,” Berman explained to Relix/ in 2010 about his departure from MGMT in 2005. “It was like the second or third tour with Of Montreal and it didn’t seem to be doing all that much for the band. For two years I got a job working at a music distribution company called The Orchard cutting 30 second ringtones out of their music catalog for sale online. It paid the bills and allowed me to rehearse and play shows with my two other bands, Stylofone and Standing Nudes, every night. A few months later, I heard that [MGMT] were signing a deal with Columbia, and looking to put together a live band. Feeling loyal to my two bands at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to abandon them and dedicate myself to MGMT. Of course, soon after that, the two bands fizzled out, discouraged by constantly treading water in the NYC club circuit and not always agreeing musically.

“I got three of my friends from dissolved bands (Simon O’Connor, Will Roan, and Rob Laakso) hired at the Orchard to fill out the ringtone staff and we started getting together after work at my apartment to mess around with recording,” he continues. “Then on New Years Eve 2008, I got a call from Andrew. Hank Sullivant was leaving MGMT to work on Kuroma, and that left a spot open for me again. This time I accepted, leaving me two months before leaving for a massive tour. Simon and I agreed to keep working on music until I had to leave for tour, and the five songs we made with Will and Rob eventually became Amazing Baby’s first EP, Infinite Fucking Cross. After I left for tour, Amazing Baby signed a record deal, added a live band, and recorded and LP. MGMT and Amazing Baby toured together for a few shows in the UK last year, along with Violens. In the break between tracking Congratulations and the current tour, I co-wrote and produced a new Amazing Baby album.”

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