Cold Cave Performs at the Guggenheim

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In a darkened rotunda amidst work by John Chamberlain, the new wave-influenced band Cold Cave played before a packed audience at the museum on Friday, April 27, as part of the Divine Ricochet music series.

After an opening DJ set by curator Nat Trotman, Cold Cave singer and principal songwriter Wesley Eisold, backed by Dominick Fernow, took to the stage. The duo performed a short set of original ambient music before turning to the band's signature brooding synth pop, filling the rotunda with melodic, aching vocals, wailing guitars, and driving beats. A lucky group of 223 people who were first to arrive received a special edition, hand-numbered 7-inch record of the band’s single, “Confetti,” from their recently released album Cherish the Light Years. View photos from the night on Flickr and submit your own to the group pool.

Divine Ricochet, the three-part music series accompanying the exhibition John Chamberlain: Choices, takes its thematic cue from the poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color, and sublime assemblage that characterized Chamberlain’s work. The final performance of the series, Zola Jesus with JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet, takes place on Thursday, May 10. More info and purchase tickets

Photo: Jack Jeffries