Blue & Gold (Album Release)

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Blue & Gold (Album Release)

Three Thousand Rivers (EP Release)

Sat, January 10, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Blue & Gold - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Blue & Gold
Picture a crowded party. It’s sweaty, rowdy, and most of all, it’s raucously loud. That’s the experience of a Blue & Gold show, and it’s the atmosphere they’ve captured on their debut album, In My Head.

They came together in 2013, but the members of Blue & Gold go way back. Both singers and guitarists, Alex Kapelman and Chloe Raynes, started developing their musical chemistry in their college cover band, serenading drunken coeds with everything from Led Zeppelin and Green Day to Pat Benatar and No Doubt — so long as it rocked hard. Blue & Gold’s other half goes back even further. Both students of the pop punk movement, GG Gonzalez and Derek Cabrera have been band-mates since high school. Alex and Chloe recruited GG first, blown away by her heavy-hitting, take-no-prisoners drumming style. Derek rounded out the quartet a few months later, supplying the group with his brand of punk, supplemented by a heavy dose of jazz, which he studied as an undergrad.

These four musicians developed their chemistry on stage first, playing high-octane shows around New York City. Now with In My Head, Blue & Gold have created a debut bursting with as much swagger as their live show. It’s also a meticulously crafted statement from a cohesive team. “I love the way the four of us make music together,” Alex says. “It’s raw and dirty and every piece fits together perfectly.”

You can hear that perfect fit in the album's lead single, “In My Head,” a tumult of wailing guitars and interweaving vocals. Shot through with adrenaline and dripping with a treacherous kind of romance, “In My Head” sets the tone for the whole album. The group also blends its influences on its second single, “Tommy Gun.” The track starts out with jangly guitars and sunny surf rock melodies. But the band quickly blasts away that mellow mood with crashing cymbals, massive riffs, and pulsing bass. It’s a fitting juxtaposition for a song about love in the trenches. Expect earworm hooks and harmonies and fierce blasts of sound — but most of all, expect a party.
Three Thousand Rivers (EP Release) - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Three Thousand Rivers (EP Release)
Three Thousand Rivers is influenced by folk, funk, and indie rock (particularly Neutral Milk Hotel, The Mountain Goats, Jack White, and the Dodos). TTR plays catchy, upbeat, danceable music with layered textures and lyrical melodies. They love making the audience part of the performance, and they pass out buckets at every show for the audience to drum along. TTR is Noam Hassenfeld, Nick Demirjian, Jack Cashion, Warren Loegering, and Zoe Aqua.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002