Live Concert Photography: Stereo Off at Friends and Lovers 2/25/17
If you’ve been frequenting this site over the past couple of years, you may recall that I’ve written about the New York/London-based electro pop outfit Stereo Off, a handful of times. Initially formed in 2012 as the solo recording project of its frontman Sebastian Marciano, the project gradually expanded into a quintet, whose sound drew from indie rock, classic music and electronic music. Within the next year or so, the quintet had played at a number of renowned venues across town, including The Knitting Factory and the sadly defunct Glasslands Gallery. And adding to a growing profile, the band had their music featured in several short films which made the national film circuit. Building upon the growing buzz they were receiving, the members of the quintet wrote, recorded and released their first two efforts — 2014’s New York EP and 2015’s The Long Hot Winter, an effort which helped land them a CMJ Festival appearance.
After several lineup changes, the project has settled into a trio featuring its founding member Marciano, Niall Madden, a guitarist, who has recently switched to bass on most of their latest material and multi-instrumentalist Bridget Fitzgerald. And with the lineup change, the band has gone through a change in songwriting approach and sonic direction with the band’s sound leaning heavily in the direction of New Order, Primal Scream and Nine Inch Nails-like synth pop/synth rock, featuring the occasional violin arrangement. Earlier this year, I wrote about the sensual, dance floor-friendly “Venir” off the band’s recently released EP III, an effort that will serve as a teaser for a full-length album.
I recently caught the trio at the Prospect Heights, Brooklyn/Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn venue Friends and Lovers last weekend. Check out photos from the set below.