Black Light Dinner Party and Vanyaland go way back. More than three years ago one of their former members was friends with my then-roommate, and tipped me off to their first single, “Older Together.” It had 39 plays on their MySpace page, and pretty much nothing was known about the group of producers as they prepped one of their first gigs, a weekday night at All Asia Cafe in Cambridge. My first post on them, in January 2010, remains one of the most hit pages on this blog.
Since then, the electronic-pop band has rounded out to their current form, relocated to New York, released a string of incredible singles — “Small Boxes,” “Gold Chain,” “Leave It All,” “We Are Golden” — an EP to showcase them, generated huge buzz, and released a music video with Ron Jeremy in it.
Through their rise, I’ve booked them to play the pill and the WFNX Funeral Party series, and spotlighted them in the Boston Phoenix Class of 2012 feature. They’ve come a long way since that first show at All Asia, and they have a long future ahead of them. It’s been fun watching their ascent, and I’m excited to catch up with them again tonight at Brighton Music Hall when they play the latest in the RadioBDC +1 live music series.
As an added bonus, my BFFs The Field Effect are also on the bill, now fair game for RadioBDC since WFNX was killed off in March. Field Effect were pretty much the FNX house band, but I’m glad they’re getting love from the remaining online alt-rock radio station as well. Sweet, we can all be friends again.
So yeah, this will be one giant love-in tonight, and maybe we’ll film a VanyalandTV segment on site as well.
RSVP for the +1 series here, and check out the seemingly endless brilliance of BLDP below.