The Values, Venus Vacation
Thursday, October 11, 8pm, $5 **
Electronic pop from Brooklyn
The Values understand there is a singular magic about the combination of synthesizers and the human voice. That mix of cutting-edge technology and deep vulnerability, of digital sounds and flesh and blood, of sleek and portable, portable yet opulent. It’s a city sound, sexy and rich and forward moving. There’s nothing like it — Suicide knew it in the grimy 70s. Yaz and Erasure knew it in the glossy 80s. LCD Soundsystem knows it in the 21st century. You can hear that on the Values’ first EP.
Some background: Mason Taub (the lady) and Evan Zwisler (the gent) have been together since 2014 and playing music together as The Values since 2017. Theirs is a total collaboration in life and art.
Zwisler grew up in China, an expat who returned to the U.S. for college. Taub was a New York theater kid who has played classical piano all her life. Together, they’ve worked with several different groups (Zwisler and Taub met the day before Evan’s first show in New York). Band members fell away but the relationship between Zwisler and Taub remained the music’s core, its heartbeat, its soul.
As Taub puts it, “we spent a long time getting to this, which is the truest form of the band.” Which is to say, to think of the Values as an ‘80s throwback is to miss the point. Technology plus the human voice will always be the sound of now. The technology may change but excellent songcraft is forever.
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