My Gold Mask
My Gold Mask started in 2009 as an experimental home recording project between longstanding collaborators (and couple) Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo. Since then the band’s music has been featured in numerous blogs, fashion shows and on TV. But My Gold Mask's true passion and focus has always been exploring new musical territory and growing as artists.
Not concerned with classifications, My Gold Mask's songs bring to mind their own unique blend of cross-boundary influences, while a unifying "dark pop" undercurrent threads together their ever growing catalog.
Lead vocalist and percussionist Gretta Rochelle first met guitarist Jack Armondo at a rooftop party; their first words to each other were about music, and the conversation between the two principal songwriters of MGM has stayed there ever since, resulting in two well-received EPs in 2010: A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last), as well as a 2009 self-titled debut LP and 2013’s Leave MeLP, all of which led to Pitchfork calling them “a band to watch.”
In 2013, Gretta and Jack were joined by drummer James Andrew who, along with longtime producer Balthazar de Ley, has helped push the band into more electronic territory.
“We like to explore those darker feelings that sometimes get left behind in pop music,” says Rochelle, and the band has successfully found that balance by working on heavy-handed remixes with the likes of The Hood Internet, Mr. Kitty and Crystal Castles’ engineer Alex Zelenka, who re-rendered the band’s biggest single to date, “Violet Eyes.” The song also caught the attention of fashion designer Phillip Lim, who used My Gold Mask’s music in his 2010 Fashion Week shows and hosted the band for an in-store performance, which led Vogue to name it one of the “Ten Best Music Shows of Fashion’s Night Out.”
In 2014, My Gold Mask returned to the forefront, wrapping up a national headlining tour, playing the first ever 'Chicago Made' SXSW showcase, sharing the stage with Metric and GEMS at high profile Redbull Sound Select concerts, and playing a prime time slot at Riot Fest, building on their roster of supporting acts like Blonde Redhead, The New Pornographers and Phantogram. The band also recently released a new Consequence of Sound produced 'Treehouse Session' as well as featuring the track 'Some Secrets' on MTV's hit show "Awkward" (previously, 'Ghost in Your Bed' and 'All Up in the Air' appeared in episodes of "Gossip Girl" while 'Never Go Home' appeared in "Being Human").
Currently the band is focused on releasing a series of digital singles that piece by piece are completing a larger tapestry. Upbeat dance tracks like 'Battles' and 'Dissipate' have seen premieres via Noisey, SPIN and Earmilk. With the additional help of producer Sanford Parker and remixes featuring some of the bands favorite artists, these singles point to the future of My Gold Mask as they continue their journey of discovery and emotion.