California Wives, My Gold Mask

California Wives

"I felt like I was asleep for years," says California Wives' lead vocalist / keyboardist Jayson Kramer of his decision in 2009 to leave behind a promising career in medicine for a professional go at music. Jayson's first experience with music began at age 6, playing classical piano up until he was 16. Along the way he started writing songs as hobby, taking influence from bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Oasis, and later electronic music such as Autechre and Aphex Twin. The hobby continued through his undergrad years at Boston University as a pre-med student until, "a weird thing happened when I finished my MCAT and all the studying stopped. I was completely honest with myself for the first time in my life and recognized that I had no desire to go on to medical school. This is when I took a more serious turn toward music, which is something I realized I should have been doing all along." Around this time he moved back to his hometown of Chicago where he was introduced to drummer Joe O'Connor and bassist Dan Zima, who had be playing together since high school.

California Wives debut album, Art History, will be available September 4, 2012 through Vagrant Records.

California Wives is:
Jayson Kramer - Lead Vocals, Keyboard and Rhythm Guitar
Dan Zima - Bass, Vocals
Joe O'Connor - Drums
Graham Masell - Lead Guitar

At the crossroads of underground and over the top, zoned in and plugged out, raw and riotous, lives Chicago's My Gold Mask. The goth pop band's exotic gypsy spells and murderous garage rock ballads have built a unique wall of sound that some have likened to a metallic symphony—pretty impressive when you consider My Gold Mask has, until recently, been a duo.

Lead vocalist and percussionist Gretta Rochelle first met guitarist Jack Armondo at a rooftop party; their first words to each other were about music, and ever since the conversation has stayed there, resulting in two well-received EPs in 2010: A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last) as well a self-titled debut LP and the band's latest, 2013's Leave Me Midnight, all of which has Pitchfork calling them "a band to watch."

Part of My Gold Mask's success is that they have always been a band of versatility. When they needed percussion, Rochelle taught herself how to play; when they wanted to fill out the textured nuances of their sound, they commissioned drummer James Andrew (now a fully-fledged member of the band); and wanting to explore further musical territory, they've started experimenting with electronic flourishes that will turn listeners on their feet, ready for the warehouse dance party.

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California Wives, My Gold Mask

Saturday, July 20 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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