The Gig: Ra Ra Riot secret show
Where: The Mod Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: 30 August 2010
In One Word: Intimate
This Monday, August 30th 2010, Syracuse band Ra Ra Riot were in Toronto to play a secret show at the Mod Club. No tickets were sold for the event, but access was given to press and industry, as well as fans who’d entered to win tickets on Facebook.
The show was held by record label Arts & Crafts, as kind of welcome to the label party and celebration of the the release of RRR’s second album The Orchard. The Orchard was released last Tuesday, August 24th on Barsuk records in the US, and on the Arts & Crafts label in Canada. The doors opened at 8:30, and the venue filled up quickly before the band took to the stage at 9 PM sharp.
The band played a short set (about 42 minutes), including a one song encore. It was my first time hearing the band, although our editor Brian got a chance to chat with the band this past August at the Oshega music festival in Montreal. I think something Brian said to me after the show best describes how I felt about this band- they’re growing on me.
The band’s music is mix of baroque pop and British shoegaze. They sound just like a university aged, upstate New York, co-ed version of The Smiths, with cello and violin. Their music is soft but poetic, melancholy but very pretty. Overall the effect is very rich, like biting into a piece of chocolate cake.
Ra Ra Riot is perfect for a night spent at home brooding. The Mod Club on College Street was maybe not the perfect venue for the show as the live music wanted me to listen more than it wanted me to party. (I would’ve liked to see the band play in a church, or maybe an open field at a music festival). RRR’s music does also have a synthesized, almost bouncy element to it- and I think one thing the band could’ve done to make that show a great show would’ve been kicking up the tempo a little bit.
© Natascha Malta, Music Vice