Sunday, February 07, 2010


Photographic Evidence
by Marc Beaulieu

Middle East Cambridge, MA - 1/29/10

Chris Mascara at the Middle East
images by Marc Beaulieu

MASCARA - You have probably seen Chris Mascara perform, though you may not know it. Throughout 2007-08 he modeled moves for all lead singer avatars in blockbuster games ROCK BAND and ROCK BAND 2. Singling him out for his dynamic presence, Game creators Harmonix shuttled him to New York to perform marathon motion-capture sessions in the "spandex suit of lights." Last year, Blue Man Group drafted Mascara (yes, his real last name) for grooming as lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in the "How To Be a Megastar" international touring band, recognizing his chops as a tailored fit for their imaginative rock spectacle. Such was the case for the MASCARA CD release party for Fountain of Tears at the Middle East last week.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
MASCARA CD Release - the Middle East 1-29-10

STORY OF A BAND - To collaborate on his original material, Mascara recruited A-list Boston rockers, bassist Bo Barringer (MEandJOANCOLLINS - RSL Best of 2009) and drummer Matt Graber (Sarah Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins.) The songs from Fountains of Tears were Recorded by David Minehan (The Neighborhoods) & David Westner at Woolly Mammoth, the newest release Fountain of Tears, is mixed by ShimmyDisc mastermind KRAMER, legendary for his work with Bongwater, Galaxie 500, Ween, Low, Urge Overkill, Butthole Surfers. After discovering MASCARA, the Rolling Stone Producer-of-the-Year was so wowed he insisted on working on their new album.

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