Spoonerisms and ’80s Vibes

Catch Com Truise on Tuesday, May 9, at Mezzanine.

(Photo by Ghostly International)

Within the last decade, a trend has developed in the music world: Bands are naming themselves after celebrities and tweaking the spelling slightly. Who knows if they’re doing it for humor or SEO purposes, but Com Truise — along with Midwest rapper Tennis Rodman, lo-fi indie band Elvis Depressedly, Detroit musician Flint Eastwood, and Los Angeles garage-rock trio Cherry Glazerr — is one of them.

The stage name of New York’s Seth Haley, Truise makes lyric-less, washed-out futuresynth that could work as the soundtrack to a John Hughes film. His three albums consist of the same chill, blissful tunes, but you’ll find different stuff on his Soundcloud page.

There, Truise applies his heavy-handed synth treatment to popular songs by well-known artists, like Maroon 5, Sky Ferreira, and Neon Indian. His changes to the originals aren’t drastic, but they definitely give the tracks a retro vibe.

Com Truise
At 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, at Mezzanine. $20; mezzaninesf.com

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