COLOR WAR, The Mast, Rush Midnight

Late Show


The Mast

Rush Midnight

Sun, August 2, 2015

Doors: 9:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

COLOR WAR - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
COLOR WAR is a Brooklyn-based electronic duo comprised of Billy J (Justin William Lin) and vocalist Lindsay Mound. The two forge songs through hazy improvisational sessions, with Lin piecing together beats and synth textures and Mound responding as a medium, channeling melodies and lyrical content in real-time. Neon-gothic stories of loss and vulnerability recall an alternate past, echoing early Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, alongside more recent acts like Chromatics, while managing to exist quite apart from each of them.

In March 2014, COLOR WAR released their debut album It Could Only Be This Way. Mound’s vocals crest and slink through arrangements that conjure a familiar pop cadence stretched across dark and all-consuming landscapes. “The album is a cycle of obsession,” says Lin. “Many of the songs deal with our more destructive human emotions: jealousy, pride, self-deception. We keep going back to things that happened before.”

Punctuated by controlled bursts of noise and drone, the record is an odyssey of swirling harmonics, crystalline synth stabs and primal, thumping drums. COLOR WAR and their live visuals collaborator, Brandon Sciarrotta, produced the record with co-production and mixing by legendary techno wizard, John Selway.

“Menacingly glimmering.” — PITCHFORK

"They sound like Warpaint if they spent and entire year listening to Italo disco on downers. It’s dope.” — NOISEY
The Mast - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Mast
"Brooklyn-based duo The Mast’s high-energy electro-pop seemed to instantly magnetize people to the stage…the venue was completely packed with blissed-out dance enthusiasts thoroughly hypnotized by the primal beats and astral sound effects." - CMJ

"The Mast play futuristic-electro pop inspired by early IDM and experimental beat music - James Blake on mescaline" - Village Voice

"[The Mast] casts a beguiling spell." - Ptichfork

The Mast is vocalist and instrumentalist Haleh Gafori and percussionist and beatsmith Matt Kilmer. Merging live electronics, vocals, and percussion, The Mast creates a full-spectrum sonic experience that features “Haleh’s phenomenally powerful, nuanced, and hypnotic voice and Matt’s gorgeous deft beats (both sequenced and live)” (Wompblog). Influenced by early IDM, post dubstep, and experimental beat music as well as acts like Mount Kimbie and Bonobo, The Mast delivers a warm and inviting sound that booms through the subwoofers, propels the body to dance, and soaks the mind in a bath of endorphins.

In their shows, where they have performed alongside Foster the People, Reggie Watts, Blonde Redhead, and Teebs, Matt and Haleh incorporate live electronics, drumming, and vocal improvisation, preserving the spontaneity they cultivated as instrumentalists. "So unique and crisp is their sound, culled from a range of electronic genres, that their fans swarm to be an extended part of the show, transforming it from a performance into a dance fest" (XO Magazine).

The Mast released their full length album "Pleasure Island" in January, 2014. They've released a series of highly acclaimed videos for the album which they directed, edited, and sometimes filmed themselves for tracks "Luxor," "So Right," and "UpUpUp."
Rush Midnight - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Rush Midnight
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Russ Manning joined Twin Shadow in early 2010. While on tour across Europe and Australia Russ began to write songs in 3.5 star hotel rooms and began mixing the songs in the van. By 2012 Russ had discovered a clear voice of New York in the evening; an alter ego exploration called Rush Midnight. New York label Cascine released his debut EP +1 with production support from George Lewis Jr. With influences spanning from Minneapolis '80s funk group Change, to The Police and Sade, Rush Midnight currently writes songs in his bedroom with the hope of one day writing in the outdoors.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002