Live from The Avalon Lounge: The Rough Shapes, DJ Brian Goss
From a live webstream at The Avalon Lounge.
The Rough Shapes play a unique mix of surf, soundtrack-inspired instrumentals, and atmospheric post-rock. Local legend DJ Brian Goss plays downtown new wave, no wave, dance punk, and indie. An instrumental trio based in New York’s hopping mid-Hudson Valley, The Rough Shapes command the great traditions of underground electric guitar music - the darker side of rockabilly, surf, spy, early rock and roll, and the cinematic mood music of Morricone. But don’t mistake this band for reverent and referential, much less dogmatically retro. The Rough Shapes’ music plays every bit as much like a work of ambient post-rock and nightmare-leaning instrumental dream pop, by turns haunted and mysteriously sweet. This is high-character and stylish modern music in which the ghosts of the old world wander freely. After years of recording and touring with hardcore, punk rock and noise bands, Brian Goss started DJing under the moniker Blowtorch around Manhattan’s East Village. Spinning a variety of Punk, New Wave and Goth, he set the mood at the notorious Lit Lounge and 2A. Most recently in 2018, Little Steven Van Zandt recruited Brian to be his personal DJ for public appearances.
Live performances from The Avalon Lounge in Catskill, New York. Usually DJs perform, often with live band performances, and other experiments. See theavalonlounge.com for more information.