A New Band with Plenty of Confidence

August 30th, 2013

Blue & Gold – Mercury Lounge – August 29, 2013

It’s often hard to embrace excitement about new rock bands in New York City since they can appear and disappear in less than the blink of an eye, but here’s hoping that the young rockers of the four-piece Blue & Gold will be able to stick around much longer than that. Led by singers-and-guitarists Chloe Raynes and (House List writer) Alex Kapelman, the brand-new band filled Mercury Lounge last night with friends, family and some already-adoring fans in what was their biggest show so far in their short span.

Armed with great dual vocals, some killer clean and fuzzy guitar tones, plus a bundle of confidence, the quartet showed few signs of new-band jitters. They also displayed some personality, which always goes a long way when a crowd might not know just who the hell you are. Blue & Gold’s sound is tailor made for the New York City music scene, with a bit of that White Stripes minimalism, a few Strokes-esque melodies and the Black Keys’ brashness (all simultaneously on display during “It’s Only You”).

But the best parts of the set were when they showed that they’re not just another Keys-ian rock and roll band. Raynes and Kapelman traded well-trained licks during their more psychedelic-rock songs, like “Anything for Love,” and when the two harmonized together, the venue got a glimpse of what might yet be their biggest strength. And after their terrific 45-minute set ended, it seemed pretty clear that they’ll have some more time in the coming years to show it all off. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |