Euphoric Rock and Roll on a Rainy Night

March 31st, 2014

Blue & Gold/Twin Wave – Mercury Lounge – March 29, 2014

Blue & Gold (Photo: Ben Gancsos)

Blue & Gold (Photo: Ben Gancsos)

Seeking shelter from New York City’s monsoonlike conditions on Saturday night, determined concertgoers filled Mercury Lounge, cozying up to the sounds of two local bands, Blue & Gold and Twin Wave. Twin Wave, a pysch-pop group with a sultry edge, took the stage first and played a set filled with smooth R&B-tinged songs. Instant favorites in the NYC indie scene, Twin Wave have been playing all over town since they stepped out in early 2013. Nick Williams’ expert crooning shines at the center of Twin Wave’s arrangements, which blend wistful melodies with tightly wound drums and strings. “Relapse” and “Monterey,” from the band’s self-titled debut EP, rang out amongst a slew of new material they’ve been working on. Twin Wave have countless sonic tricks up their sleeves, and the lush minimalism that results when they play live is not to be missed.

While Blue & Gold are a relatively new band, they sound like they’ve been gigging together for years. This is thanks to an abundance of talent, and because founding members Chloe Raynes and Alex Kapelman have been making music together on and off since their college days, and their group is the incarnation of their shared love of fierce rock and roll. GG Gonzales, whose drumming I could watch all on its own, and Derek Cabrera, shining on bass, round out the band. Raynes and Kapelman took turns on lead vocals, and the band played a set consisting largely of new tunes, swiftly luring in the audience with tight arrangements and masterful lyrics. They’re in the midst of recording their debut album, and their synchronicity in playing the brand-new material was unstoppable. Songs from their debut EP, like “Your Love” and “It’s Only You,” swept up the room in rock and roll euphoria. Blue & Gold have lots more music to share, and it’s more than certain that I’ll be singing along with them at their next live show. —Schuyler Rooth