by Bill Pearis
Ashrae Fax were a shortlived duo from Greensboro, NC whose 2003 full-length, Static Crash, only came out on CD-R to almost zero fanfare at the time. The called it quits shortly thereafter. The record -- dark, ethereal and danceable -- had a life of it's own, getting a tiny vinyl pressing a couple years ago. The good ears at Mexican Summer gave it a proper reissue over the summer. It's a real lost classic, sounding like a forgotten 1985 4AD collaboration between The Cocteau Twins, Colourbox and Dif Juz discovered in Ivo Watts-Russell's attic. (Their song "Pointbreak" is a stunner.) You can stream a couple songs below and listen to the whole thing on Rdio or Spotify.
Band members Alex Chesney and Renée Mendoza Haran (who now sings with NC band Ama Divers) were coaxed out of retirement for last month's Hopscotch Music Festival and are now on a short East Coast tour. That includes an NYC show this Friday (10/25) at Glasslands. Historics, Donovan Blanc and DJ Frankie Teardrop are on the bill too and tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets that come with a vinyl copy of Static Crash too.
Glasslands flyer, song streams and contest details below...
For a chance at winning a pair of tickets to see ASHRAE FAX AT GLASSLANDS AND A COPY OF THE LP: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND "ASHRAE FAX" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "ASHRAE FAX". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick a winner at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!