Ra Ra Riot played their first of two sold-out NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Savoir Adore to celebrate the release of their amply anticipated LP, Beta Love with a live stream by Bowery Presents. The venue was packed with lots of women ready to swoon, and many couples ready to cuddle romantically as they bopped about.
The Brooklyn natives Savoir Adore opened and provided the appropriately spacey-pop feel that would justly appeal to the Ra Ra crowd. The duo-fronting of the gorgeously elfish Deidre Muro (who also has another band called Diedre and the Dark) and the sound-sculpting guitarist Paul Hammer is a beautiful thing to behold, like a Buckingham-Nicks Fleetwood Mac combined with a new wave dance beat and some hallucinogenic space travel. Their recently released full-length Our Nature comes to life on stage like a lullaby of a mythical landscape like on the trippy track “Dreamers,” and with synchronized hands rising to the sky and a glowing DJ table, they are very noticeable at any show they play.
When Ra Ra Riot came on stage exactly on time (as it was being broadcast) the thrill was evident in the shrieks and odor of anticipation. They delivered on their reputation for revelry with tracks like “Too Too Too Fast”, “Can You Tell”, “Oh, La”, “Ghost Under Rocks”, and “Boy,” and even covered U2′s “Two Hearts Beat As One,” which frontman Wes Miles said they had never played before (and probably never would again), but did pull it off splendidly. The apex of the night was “Dying Is Fine,” as the crowd seemed to unanimously ejaculate in complete ecstasy. Miles retained his boisterously fun character and wooed the audience often, getting in close and slapping hands with the front crowd often, bassist Mathieu Santos held down a rompus beat, guitarist Milo Bonacci wailed whenever he got the chance, violinist Rebecca Zeller stunned with flowing blond hair and a form-fitting glittery green dress, and drummer Kenny Bernard literally leapt out of his skin with tricky but upbeat time-changes. I hope you enjoyed watching the stream as much as everyone who was there and witnessed it in person.