Live Concert Photography: NVDES with argonaut&wasp at Mercury Lounge 8/26/17
Although I first wrote about them over a year ago, the Los Angeles-based collective NVDES have quickly become a JOVM mainstay act over the past couple of months. And if you may recall, the Los Angeles-based collective fronted by founding member and primary songwriter Josh Ocean, with the release of 2016’s Life With Lobsters received over 10 million streams across all digital platforms, landed on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and as a result of rapidly growing buzz, the project’s debut saw praise from The Fader, Nylon and others for a sound consisting of glitchy, breezy and anthemic pop.
Building upon the buzz of their full-length, the act recently released the La NVDITÉ EP — and from the release of the EP’s first three singles, the breakneck Sound of Silver-era LCD Soundsystem-like “Turning Heads” and the breezy, yet anthemic “Dancer From New York, and the glitchy and angular “Sugar,” the act has further cemented their reputation for crafting off-kilter, genre-defying, anthemic yet danceable pop reminiscent of Gorillaz.
Headlining the night, the act played material from both La NVDITÉ EP and their full-length debut to an enthusiastic Mercury Lounge crowd, who stomped and jumped up and down with the band. Opening the night was the Brooklyn-based dance-rock act argonaut&wasp. Check out photos from the show below.
Comprised of founding members, the songwriting and production duo of Theo Klein (synths, vocals) and Trey Schibli (guitar, vocals), the Brooklyn-based dance-rock duo argonaut&wasp has developed a reputation for a sound that blends house music, funk, rock and disco in a way that’s reminiscent of the aforementioned LCD Soundsystem and post-punk, and as a result the act has opened for internationally and nationally recognized acts such as The Knocks, Louis The Child, AlunaGeorge, Griz, RAC, JOVM mainstays Rubblebucket, and Lemaitre. Live, the act expands to a quartet with Klein and Schibli playing with Alex Donkin (bass, synths) and Chris Corsico (drums).