Vassals, Blank Paper

Late Show


Blank Paper

Tue, March 8, 2016

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Vassals - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Musically, it is probably easy to peg Vassals' songs as an update of the Pixies' quiet/loud binary opposition (and when you listen live - they are LOUD), but so much more can be found here in terms of the songs' restraint, craftsmanship and lyrical dexterity. From start to finish, Vassals' songs often grow in intensity from buoyant initial verses to bruising choruses, though upon close listening underneath a structure of pop melody remains. Even in the caustic, feedback-drenched choruses there is that insulating force of hummable melodies, channeling the charged energy of the songs like those overhead power lines carrying electricity across the country.
Blank Paper - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Blank Paper
Brooklyn-based Blank Paper is the result of four eclectic and distinctive musical backgrounds converging into one path of heartfelt alternative synth-pop. Blending a diverse set of genres ranging from electronica to soul to rock, the band originated in New York City in 2012. After their previous projects disbanded, Taylor Bense (synth, keys, guitar), Marie Kim (vocals, synth, keytar), Chris Holdridge (drums, sampler pads), and Cory Sterling (bass, synth bass) came together naturally to write and perform, sharing their passion for feel-good music with a darker edge.

Artists like The Talking Heads, Kavinsky, Little Dragon, The Knife, and The Gorillaz inspire their sound, but the band's originality and musicianship take Blank Paper to a new level of innovation within the pop context. The new single "Ambien" features a tasteful display of production and engineering skills, mixing glistening 80s-style keyboard stabs with huge arena-sized live drums and soulful vocals with just a touch of vocoder. Fierce, sexy, and haunting, the track is a voyeuristic look into the dark side of love and obsession backed by compulsively danceable instrumentals.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002