And there rose like the sun Ludwig van himself with thundery litso and cravat and wild windy voloss, and
then I heard the Ninth, last movement, with the slovos all a
bit mixed-up like they knew themselves they had to be mixed-
up, this being a dream:
--excerpt from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Mashwork Orange is a pop/hip hop/rock cover band based in Nyack, NY and managed by S.T.A.R.S. Productions. Always energetic, this six-piece group is known locally for their ability to seamlessly play an eclectic variety of music, showcasing their clever song mashups in live performances at favorite watering holes and nightlife hotspots across the Northeast.
The individual band members are referred to by stage monikers alluding to popculture icons and idols: Rheyonce is the confident and sultry-voiced female vocal. Dan I Am also leads vocals as a charming jokester. Mikki Stixx keeps the beat as drummer and, quite often, crooner. R2D-Bot is Mashwork's synthesizerist, using complex, melodic undercurrents to fuse the mashups together with Tone Def, the spot on, rocking bassist, and Gavimus Prime's keen ear for perfect delivery makes one feel like they're listening to favorite guitar riffs remixed for the radio.
Many mashup bands tend to gravitate toward DJ remixes of the original works, but Mashwork Orange redefine one's expectations of this art, as I soon learned at La Lanterna in Yonkers this past Thursday night (9/8/11). They embraced the DJ style set-up with a relaxed humor and intensity, replacing records with finetuned musical ability. Each member expertly plays their instruments and the singers belt out easily recognized lyrics with practiced ease. Crowd pleasers were "Enter Telephone," a mix of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and "Last Boy," combining Rihanna's attitude in "Rude Boy" with Papa Roach's "Last Resort." Mashwork is constantly working new material into their set list, but you can view their current song list online.