Blue & Gold at the Mercury Lounge
The band’s bio describes their music as sweaty, loud and raucous, with high-octane energy. Their live show lives up to some of this promise. Alex Kapelman (vocals/guitar), Chloe Raynes (vocals/guitar), Derek Cabrera (bass) and GG Gonzalez (drums) are all highly capable players who dig in earnestly and without pretense, but it’s the women who made the biggest impression last night – for all the right reasons. Raynes suggests shades of Liz Phair in her stage presence, clear, resonant vocals and raw guitar playing. GG Gonzalez is a standout performer; she begs comparisons to Meg White on first glance, but has hard-hitting chops and charisma more in line with Dave Grohl. Kapelman trades off lead singer/guitar duties with Raynes. There’s a subtle gravitas in his vocals on the album that didn’t translate to the stage. When present, it lends grit to the driving riffs that serve as the backbone of their style.