Bronxville-bred bassist Chris Baio can boast two pretty solid claims to fame. One, he’s the second cousin of “Charles in Charge” heartthrob Scott Baio; and two (and inarguably more impressive), he’s the bassist of indie-pop Paul Simon disciples, Vampire Weekend.
So with these two solid birds-in-hand, you’d understand if his life was all Willie Ames and waiting for work on VW’s follow-up to the stellar “Modern Vampires of the City.” But this isn’t his routine.
With last year’s “The Names,” the man who goes simply by Baio — due to hit Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) on April 8 as the latest installment of 107.7 Alternative Buffalo's "You Saw Them First" series — has proven artistically significant enough as an EDM-leaning solo act to stand separate from both his family and Grammy award-winning bandmates.
The pulse of the sometimes-deejay Baio’s work can range from thump to thrill to accessible dance pop, dependent on the track listing or remix. “The Names” is a testament to this variety, with the scattershot house snap of album opener “Brainwash Yyrr Face” sharing the same playlist shuffle as the frenetic pace of “I Was Born in a Marathon” and the radio-ready bounce of single “Sister of Pearl.”
Assembled as glittery, Mac-aided offerings by a multi-faceted musician whose unconventional voice awakens echoes of Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, the tracks will bring the beat to Delaware Avenue on Friday, as well as introduce newbies to another Baio.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and, if you don’t already have tickets, bad news: the all-ages show is sold out.