Ra Ra Riot
The Daily Page review of Ra Ra's show at Club 770 in January:
Ra Ra Riot indisputably deserved their place at the top of the band order hierarchy, competently headlining Saturday night's show at Club 770. The venue which is no club at all, but a cafeteria at Union South can make you feel like you're crashing a junior high lock in. It wasn't until the six piece from Syracuse started playing their top shelf orchestral pop that you could tell you were at a real show.
Drawing mostly from their only release, last summer's 6 song self titled EP, they began solidly with "A Manner To Act." The dissonant strings that opened the song clearly announced their unique use of strings. Cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller were no mere token presence. They integrated themselves seamlessly into the fabric of Ra Ra Riot's jaunty set, combining to add both a distinctive gravitas and bounce.
Singer Wesley Miles was appropriately charismatic. He often sang from the chest in a high, strained voice, evoking early era David Byrne or a more intelligible Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He hopped along to the driving rhythm set by Cameron Wisch on drums and Mathieu Santos on bass.
The crowd was receptive to the energetic set. Ra Ra Riot recalls Arcade Fire's catchy epic sound, but unlike the Canadian band, the world's not ending on every song. Ra Ra Riot has an affirmative tone, evident in standouts like "Can You Tell" and "Dying Is Fine", which doesn't seem to come cheaply.
For their Wisconsin premiere, Ra Ra Riot transcended the makeshift concert venue in the cafeteria with a show worthy of their top billing.
1206 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|