The Big Takeover

DSP Shows

The Big Takeover

Viva Mayhem

Fri · November 17, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Haunt

Ithaca, NY

$10.00 - $13.00

Tickets at the Door

Big Takeover
Big Takeover
Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate and building their brand and reputation on the
road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the
soulful energy and sophistication of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of the Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a
powerhouse performer who makes the audience feel like accomplices more than spectators. Traditional and experimental, The Big Takeover’s global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae
and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely. In New York’s musically hopping Mid-Hudson Valley, they are only the band around that is welcomed
and honored at all the major national-circuit rooms: the indie/experimental haven of BSP in Kingston, the jazz and blues gem that is the Falcon in Marlboro, the classic rock mecca of the
Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The Big Takeover packs them all. On the road, the band has played over 500 shows, sharing stages with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Eek-a-
Mouse, the Slackers and more. The band was recently selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY, and released their fourth full-length record, ‘Silly Girl’ at
the beginning of 2017- to critical acclaim. A national tour to celebrate its release is in the works.
Viva Mayhem
Viva Mayhem
High-octane and infectious, ¡Viva Mayhem! invites you to dance, sing, and wear your heart on your sleeve. An eight-piece post-wave ska band out of Ithaca, NY, ¡VM! has a stellar female lead, a rockin' rhythm section and a tight hornline. Together, their sound is raw, original, and true.

"Whoever said ska was dead has certainly not listened to this band. ¡Viva Ska! ¡Viva Mayhem!" -

¡Viva Mayhem! has come a long way since its 2013 debut as Mayhem Attack Squad. This post-wave ska band out of Ithaca, NY has seen a constant flux of band members, but the current line-up has been in place since September of 2017. ¡VM! sports a stellar female vocalist, a rockin' rhythm section and a tight hornline.

This band is a close-knit group with many songwriters. Their high-energy song catalog touches on every corner of the ska genre. If you like Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, or Voodoo Glow Skulls, you are guaranteed to love ¡Viva Mayhem! High-octane and infectious, ¡Viva Mayhem! invites you to move, sing, and wear your heart on your sleeve.

Their "Fool On Fire" EP (released in March 2017) features five of their original songs, each with a different flavor to it. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland, the five tracks were recorded live in-studio. Wanting to avoid excessive studio editing, these tracks have touches of roughness, and are a true representation of what this band sounds like live.

September of 2017 saw ¡VM! in the studio again, but this time at SubCat Studios in Syracuse. Guided by Ron Keck at the boards, the band recorded another five songs. The EP release is set for February 10, 2018 and the band will be throwing a party that night at Casita del Polaris (more details will be posted on the facebook page.)

In November of 2017, ¡Viva Mayhem! recorded a new single "Just One More" at Studio Zoot with Alex Caminiti. This catchy track features the band with their current member line-up and will soon be released as a bonus track with the band’s upcoming EP.

¡Viva Mayhem! has mostly performed in and around the Ithaca area, but they will soon be playing all over New York State and beyond to spread their happy vibes.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850