Download My Gold Mask's New Single 'Lost In My Head' 'Leave Me Midnight' Released On Vinyl March 19th 2013
What began as a collaboration between longtime musical partners Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo (guitar), became less a means to an end, than the end itself. A deep wellspring of personal and musical experiences shaped their direction, and Chicago's My Gold Mask is a culmination, a fulfillment, of a long artistic road, that has lead them to their newest effort, Leave Me Midnight. Their new LP was released February 19th, while the vinyl version is out March 19th on Highweel Records.
2012 has been spent writing, recording and mixing Leave Me Midnight. Taking a "wall of sound" approach to recording, longtime collaborator and engineer Balthazar de Ley manned the board while My Gold Mask experimented with electronic drums and new sounds, creating a dense, exciting, and occasionally spooky place for their songs to live. They invited well-seasoned producer and engineer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican) to mix the record.
This past season also brought to light a new live show lineup for the band. Gretta has stepped out from her full-time duties behind the drumkit to enjoy the role of front woman, making room for dynamic drummer, James Andrew, to take the stage with My Gold Mask. Andrew also played drums on four of the new album's tracks.
Meanwhile Jack continues to explore new ways of making guitars sound otherworldly: "Guitar is usually associated with rock music, but in writing this album I thought a lot about synth-based sounds, like on Black Celebration by Depeche Mode. I'm not really concerned with my guitar sounding like a guitar, per se. I'm constantly tweaking its sound," says Armondo. This type of sonic experimentation gives My Gold Mask a unique approach to pop music that can be hard to pin down, but this adaptability came in handy when asked to collaborate with The Hood Internet on "Do You Give Up Now?" a track featured on their latest album FEAT released in 2012.
With a sound that has crossed so many musical spectrums and their ability to deliver a powerful and engaging live show, My Gold Mask have shared the stage with such varied acts as Twin Shadow, Wavves, The New Pornographers, Japandroids, The Rapture, Blonde Redhead and Zambri, to name a few.
Eager to continue the artistic evolution of the band; Jack and Gretta are back to writing before they head out on tour in support of Leave Me Midnight.
March 15th - 3:00pm - Austin, TX - SXSW (Austin Ale House)
March 16th - 6:00pm - Austin, TX - SXSW (Dogwood)
March 16th @ Midnight - Austin, TX - SXSW (Hickory Street)
Other Tour Dates
March 19th - Hot Springs, AR - Low Key Arts
April 4th - Dekalb, IL - Otto's
April 6th - Kansas City, MO - Middle Of The Map Fest
April 13th - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR
April 26th - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
June 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
June 26 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
June 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory