By Tom Charles
WERW’s launch party at Spark Contemporary Art Space showcased a solid range of genres over the course of a successful night.
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It’s not a party until Chris Baugh says so. Or until he starts dancing. (Those two usually happen in tandem.) So it’s not much of a surprise that the DJ set he played to close out the show — and the month — at WERW’s launch party Jan. 31 was a sheer blast.
The evening started with Bad Sound, the not-too-bad-sounding experimental pop quintet from Utica. For Bad Sound, the mystique is in the instrumentation: flutes, voxes, cellos, brass, and your typical rhythm section. Too bad they had to compete with the allure of free CDs — still an attraction in this post-physical format era.
Next came the debut performance of Buzzy Girl Flynn, fronted by Sam Kogon of The Vanderbuilts and Joel Jensen Heath. Decked entirely in suits (aside from drummer Daniel Wetmore, who’s apparently too cool for the band’s own shtick), the group had a late ’70s/early ’80s pop rock revival aesthetic, which was cemented by their cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Turntable wizard Chris Baugh closed out the evening with an authentic DJ set, in the literal sense of the word: he showed off his talent as a true disk jockey. (I know, right?!) For Baugh, the more BPM, the better, although he was sure to mix in some slower, more recognizable hits, including Daft Punk’s timeless “One More Time” and Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” What started as a cute little boogie circle quickly turned into a contest to see who had the weirdest (in the best way) dance moves. Chris won.
Hats off to WERW for an awesome time, to Spark Contemporary Art Space for hosting it all, and to everyone who came to support college radio.