The Mystic Underground
Blush Response, Faith & Mark
Sun, March 31, 2013
8:00 pmCameo Gallery
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.cameony.net/event/220157/
it really shouldn't be this hard. it really shouldn't if you think about it.
New release TENSION STRATEGIES coming March 5, 2013 on Tundra!
In a December 2012 interview, Faith jokingly referred to her music with Mark as "death disco," a phrase that Mark immediately identified as a Public Image Limited song. Copyright issues notwithstanding, the phrase exemplifies the band's ironic sense of humor.
Certainly, a dark set of jokes emerges from dissonance between the band's aurality, which features synthesizers, catchy melodies, and dance beats, the lyrical subject matter, which explores revenge, addiction, and even homelessness, and their live performance, which tends toward the active, colorful, and sexy.
In fact, faith & mark's performance, with the psychedelic light show, Hindu videography and smoke, seems incredibly apropo in an speedy, facebook-driven world that casually and hysterically discusses "the end of the world."
Faith is a passionate singer and dynamic performer, and her performance infallibly ignites a few drinking hearts and sends chills up the spine. This performance promises a punch, and Faith's simple, strong vocal chops (as well as her outfits and dance moves) never disappoint. Mark's mature guitar work is original, addictive, and satisfying. On stage, Mark uses an array of pedals that instantly attract the gearhead's eyes.
Listeners and attendees of faith & mark shows are often hard pressed to define the band's musical genre, which is undoubtedly a good thing in Brooklyn: the city of a hundred thousand bands.
In July, 2012, the fruition of Faith and Mark's chemistry and experiences was described by a show attendee (/music professor /music blogger) as follows,
faith and mark's well-crafted, dark song lyrics are supported by an insistent pulse, dancing angular bass lines resisting an obvious tonal center, modal melodies loaded with surprising twists and minimalistic chord progressions characterized by tri-tonal leaps and a prevalence of open 5ths. A conspicuous absence of 3rds suggests you've come to the wrong place to get comfortable and wallow in apathy.
It speaks to this band's songwriting success that while the sadder melodies recall the emotional potency we love in Radiohead, the beats, the raucous guitar work, and the yelping female vocals push this band into Prog Rock territory or further, into Riot-grrrl land or further, into unnamed musical terrain. In honor of a tiny band that seems to defy categorization and get the party started, let's leave faith & mark in that undefined zone.
Pursuing dub and electro-pop influences, faith & mark's contemporary (see *hot*) new rhythm and bass production sets their new sound in front of the old, and has transformed the duo's presentation from rock show to dance party. Fans of pop, electronic, industrial, ambient, and experimental dance music, do yourself a favor and catch this band before they grow up any more than they already have.
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211