Ratatat Venue: Neumo’s Date: Tuesday, March 27 2007
Thanks to the liquid lubrication afforded by the 24 ounce bottles of Red Stripe at Neumo’s the mostly 21 and up crowd had no problem finding a proper rhythm last night. Gigantic Jamaican lagers aside, the beat was there in full thanks the guitar and bass duo of Ratatat, who rocked the sold out house.
Assisted by a keyboard playing sidekick who provided drum loops and synths, the NYC hipsters were louder than any three-piece sans drums I can imagine. Guitarist Mike Stroud, with a gnarled mop of shoulder length hair, cast an imposing shadow on the visualizer that played behind them, headbanging to the screeches, palm-mutes and sharp resonances of instrument. Those who opted not to move stared in a trance at the aforementioned visualizer, which alternated between the simple stuff that comes with iTunes and badass existential ink-blots and fiery explosions in the sky. The electronic, hip-hop feel of their recorded material was jettisoned in favor of prog-leaning rock orchestrations that boomed to crescendo.
The insatiables stumbled over to the packed, late night after party at Havana where the boys played a straight-from-the-iPod DJ set, representing their hometown with Ghostface Killah and a sick remix of Bone Thugs’ “Ecstasy” by Copy, amongst others.