About

Fusing the hazy psychedelia of the Doors with the laidback, rhythmic grooves of alternative hip-hop, the four-piece, Washington, D.C.-based Mesmers are currently leaving Triple A radio programmers throughout the nation in a hypnotic state. The Mesmers produce mood-spinning music with cinematic textures; their songs pulsate with drama and enigmatic hooks, weaving images of black-and-white ghost towns and empty, rain-strewn midnight roads.

According to lead singer and bassist Fitz, the Mesmers’ goal is “a stark contrast of vintage and modern textures. Film noir meets The Matrix, or maybe, the Ramones playing in the movie Dark City.” Incorporating elements of jazz, roots rock, and film-score atmospherics, the Mesmers weave intricate and compelling sonic narratives, a web of mysterious, sometimes funky rhythms that reel in minds as well as hearts.

The Mesmers Are:

  • Fitz – Vocals, Bass, Electronics
  • Jay Ridgeway – Guitar, Bass
  • Peter Alcantara – Drums, percussion
  • David Ylvisaker – Keyboards

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Songs We Play

The Mesmers can play one 45-minute set as a solo or two 45-minute sets as a three or four piece. Sets include songs from the albums The Mesmers and Fitz’s Subway to Another Life and some of the following covers:

  • The Model – Kraftwerk
  • Runaway – Del Shannon
  • Undone – the Guess Who
  • She’s Not There – the Zombies
  • Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol
  • The Man Who Sold the World – David Bowie
  • Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
  • People Are Strange – The Doors

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Stage Requirements

The Mesmers commonly perform as a solo act (Just Fitz, vocals, keyboard, bass), a three-piece (add drums) or four-piece (add in drummer, keyboardist, and alternate percussionist) depending on the venue.

As a Solo Act

  • 1 Shure SM-58 Mics or similar for vocals
  • 1 DI for Keyboards
  • 1 DI for Bass
  • 1 Floor Monitor

As a Three-Piece

  • 3 Shure SM-58 Mics or similar for vocals
  • 4 Shure SM-57 mics or similar for instruments
  • * 57 can be used in place of the bass DI
  • 1 DI for electronic backing
  • 2 Floor Monitors
  • 2 Sidefill monitors (1 optional)

As a Four-Piece

  • 5 Shure SM-58 Mics or similar for vocals
  • 5 Shure SM-57 mics or similar for instruments
  • * 57 can be used in place of the bass DI
  • 2 DI for electronic backing & Keyboards
  • 3 Floor Monitors
  • 2 Sidefill monitors (1 optional)
  • Power draw is 6 Amperes @ 120VAC

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Light Show

The Mesmers have slide projection and backdrop for enhancing shows at appropriate venues.