Rapture : Brighton Concorde 2
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With so many average rock bands being rewarded today for slavishly adhering to a knackered idea of what a rock band should be, it's thrilling to see Rapture do something as obvious, as ‘modern’ as mess around with machines onstage to further enhance their swaggering euphoric nihilism. When Gabe Andruzzi and Vito Roccoforte mutate preset acid squiggles and rigid 909 beats for Luke Jenner to howl over on ‘Olio’, you’re reminded of New Order and the Happy Mondays, of groups who sucked in influences from everywhere to spew out something fresh but familiar.
What’s more, each rich Rapture song has blossomed into something strange and seductive, as if, live, they’ve located and channelled that soul and groove which their debut album ‘Echoes’ lacks. It’s a joy to witness tracks as dramatic and sexy and funky as ‘Sister Saviour’ and ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’ being performed with such enthusiasm by four smiling New York dudes because you know as well as they do that the band, as artists, are capable of producing even more astounding music as they develop. What a pleasurable feeling it is to imagine how the next album will sound.
As it is, here, nearing midnight in Brighton, Rapture are joined for a messy finale by support acts The Boggs and Fat Truckers in a rousing rendition of The Glitter Band’s ‘Rock & Roll’. And you think, while all this is going on, rock isn’t a competition as such, it’s just that some bands, like Rapture, are much, much better than others.
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