Ra Ra Riot Leaves You With a High: Webster Hall; April 4, 2009

Posted: April 5, 2009 in Concert Report
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During Ra Ra Riot’s first official headlining tour, the young eclectic band – including a mix of violins, synths, cellos – gave a 60min. satisfying set to the fans that showed up to Webster Hall to support the band famous for its Syracuse University conception.

Eyeballs rotated from lead singer Wes Miles, to the violinist that played and danced, to the sexy celloist that provided back-up vocals to a few tracks.  Together, the band creates a mixture of geeks to hipsters and their sound is fantastic – it’s a younger version of Toronto-based STARS.  And, even with all of the movement and energy that came from the stage, not one drop of sweat was seen on any of them – random but baffling.

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A slow skyrocket to the top will happen for this band, with the sold-out show and the crowd sing-along as proof.  But the real obsession begins when you see how passionate each member of the band is on stage.  From the vocals, to the arrangement, to the chemistry that each of them have, Ra Ra Riot is the epitome of feel-good, deep, and dark with an uplift.  And, even after an unexpected tragedy (the original drummer was found dead in a river in Massachusetts in 2007) questioned how long the cult success would live on for, the band kept it together and wrote/produced one of the most loved tracks (“Dying is Fine”, dedicated to drummer John Ryan Pike) that was sung by the entire audience last night.  Even with an underlying mourning message to the lyrics, they manage to give it an optimistic sound to what lies ahead.  I was wowed.

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Grab a free download of “Dying is Fine” here – thanks to Spinner.com

Ed-G.

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