Photos by G.
On September 22, 2010, Ra Ra Riot played their second of 3 sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom. If you don’t know their music, I’d compare it to what you could expect if Joy Division hired a string section as far as the instrumentation goes and vocally, lead singer Wes Miles sounds a bit like Kate Bush mixed with Jeff Buckley. The band hails from Syracuse, New York and though it’s a mere 5 hour drive from the city, Ra Ra Riot thanked the crowd numerous times and mentioned how great it was to be playing for us. I took a sneak peak at the set list from last night’s show and they changed it up a lot (please take note, bands that shall not be named that never switch things around). They played 7 out of 10 songs off their latest album “The Orchard,” and the crowd loved every second of it. Luckily, as I was in the front row, there were no ra-ra-riots. Everyone danced politely in their own space and let the chamber pop sounds of Ra Ra Riot wash over us. I met lead singer Wes Miles after the show and he was extremely nice. More on that encounter coming soon.
See more pictures of Ra Ra Riot as well as the set list after the jump.