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Blue In The FACE To Release First EP Saturday

Penn State a capella group Blue in the FACE will release its first studio recorded EP in conjunction with the group’s concert on Saturday. The free concert starts at 8 p.m. in 105 Forum, and doors open at 7:30.

The new five-song EP, “FACE the Music,” includes tunes by Beyoncé, Duffy, and a mashup of MGMT and Chiddy Bang. Performing a capella isn’t easy, especially when the singers are using their voices in place of instruments, such as beatboxing and guitars. But Blue in the FACE makes it sound easy, grabbing the listeners’ attention with the first note.

Opening up with Beyonce’s “Countdown,” the EP kicks off with high energy and stellar vocals. Mixing in portions of one of Beyonce’s earlier hits “Check On It,” it captures the happy-go-lucky essence of the song, making it one of my favorite covers of her music to date. The female vocalists are fierce throughout the EP, with “Mercy” serving as another perfect example — and coming from someone who loves the song, dare I say it may be better than the original.

The men are equally talented in the group. The mashup of MGMT and Chiddy Bang, titled “Kids (Opposite of Adults),” flawlessly mixes the two songs and shows off the soloists talents as vocalists and rappers.

Covers of “Blue Lips” and “You’re Nobody til Somebody Loves You” round out the album before it ends with “Mercy” by Duffy.

Bass vocalist Matthew Ceurvorst said the group will perform songs from the EP at the concert, as well as other a capella arrangements of songs by Fall Out Boy, Ray Charles, and The Killers.

Videos of the live performances of the tracks from the EP can be found on the group’s YouTube page. You can check out Blue in the FACE’s former set lists on its website to get a taste of what’s to come on Saturday.

The EP is available for download on Loudr and iTunes for $5, Ceurvorst said. It will also be on Spotify and Pandora.

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Josh Glossner

Josh Glossner is a first generation Penn Stater majoring in print journalism from Bellefonte, Pa. He shares the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi and Dr. Suess. You can find Josh rockin’ the 50s attire as a server at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes, where his milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. He enjoys attempting to twerk in what little spare time he has and performs in local drag shows as Carrie Oakey.

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