The Chicago-based duo of Greta Rochelle and Jack Armando formed My Gold Mask around their mutual love of Italian Giallo cinema, mystery movies, and the dimly-lit warehouse district of their hometown where their rehearsal space is located. Their 2009 self-titled, full-length debut was fairly well received. across the blogosphere but in 2010, the band released two EPs – A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last) which. revealed a remarkable bit of growth in the band’s sound. With the assistance of their engineer and and long-time collaborator Balthazar del Ley, the sound the band crafted carried and carried on to their sophomore effort was heavily influenced by Phil Spector’s famous “tower of sound” production of the 60s – layers upon layers of instrumentation but with cascading, swirling reverb that creates the impression of a band playing behind a stack of amplifiers that would make Led Zeppelin envious, in an abandoned (and possibly dilapidated) church, a gigantic warehouse or in the middle of Grand Central Terminal. And although the band has drawn some fair comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees, the band’s sound which emphasizes moody atmospherics and tribal percussiveness reminds me a little bit of Caveman’s Coco Beware – but more muscular, larger, hazier, more anthemic, and just as gorgeous.
Produced by Sanford Parker, “Dissipate,” is the first single from the band, and it actually revels a change of sonic direction – the track employs the use of explosive bursts of drum machine, buzzing guitar and Gretta Rochelle’s expressive and earnest croon before quickly fading out. If there’s one thing that remains, it’s the fact that the band continues their reputation for a possessing a cinematic, larger-than-life sound.