2.25.09 | Ra Ra Riot | Neumos

with Cut Off Your Hands and Telekinesis

I slipped in to Neumos just as Cut Off Your Hands, a band here all the way from New Zealand. Though their music was mostly forgettable, their on-stage antics were anything but. I was fascinated with lead singer Nick Johnston's performance. He eagerly pounded on the snare drum while singing in woeful peals. His mannerisms varied from coy to bashful. At one point he leapt from the stage with his microphone into the crowd, not missing a note for a second. He made it past the over 21 barricade but faltered a bit on his return when he tried to throw the microphone back onto the stage but it instead hit the overhead lighting fixtures and crashed onto the crowd, of course ending its useability.

After only a short reprieve, Ra Ra Riot took the stage. Hailing from upstate New York, the band looks like they could be your college roommates. They recently signed to Seattle based Barsuk Records, and apparently their last album, The Rhumb Line was recorded in a small town outside of Seattle, Woodinville.
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