Show review: The Rapture, Shiny Toy Guns & the after-party in OKC
The Rapture did not manifest itself on May 13, 2007, in manner in which your neighborhood Protestant preacher might have described. No one rose from the crowd and mystically ascended into the heavens, but that’s not to say there wasn’t something metaphorically mystical about seeing the band, the Rapture, perform live.
From the moment the Rapture took the Diamond stage, they lit up the Ballroom and delivered funky, danceable beats… beats that made their retro-80s-flashback sound feel fresh and absolutely fabulous.
If the Rapture were a gift that could be psychically wrapped up and sent out, I imagine even the gift delivery woman would be wearing something neon with leggings… while screaming out “Get your act together!!” obnoxiously.
The Rapture makes you want to be obnoxious.
Their leading the retro movement, and everything about their music– and their image– is contagious. And judging by the 20-something crowd, decked out in headbands and maybe even a fannypack or two, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who thinks so.
However, it seems perhaps the band took the stage a tad too early for their party crowd. (Seven p.m.!) As the Rapture belted out, “People don’t dance no more, they just cross their arms and drink and moan and piss,” I glanced around, and I realized the irony of their words. Honestly, not enough people were dancing. I feel this was a tragedy.
Enough nights out at Electro Lounge for Robotic Wednesdays, or at Sidecar have proven to me that young OKC likes to dance. Perhaps a later start time would have been more appropriate. We won’t blame the Rapture for that.
Given the circumstances, however, one cannot regret seeing the Rapture live. They sounded as marvelous as they do on Pieces of the People We Love, and who could really ask for more?
After the Rapture left the stage, Shiny Toy Guns took over to reveal a sound that perhaps has more of a mainstream appeal. Simply put, the Toy Guns displayed a clean, concise emo-pop sound infused with techno/electro beats.
Many (ignorant) folks, who were either (a) unaware of the Rapture’s talent, (b) busy touching up their hot pink eye shadow, or (c) not used to getting out so damn early, arrived just in time for their set. The place was crowded by the time they took the stage.
The performance was theatrical in its setup. It reminded me of a rave but with better looking people and hopefully less ecstasy. There were flashing lights, and black and white images displayed on a backdrop. Frontwoman Carah Faye appeared as polished as the Shiny Toy sounded that night, and she particularly shined on “Le Disko.”
Lucky for us, the party did not end there. Everyone headed over to the Electro Lounge to catch some amazing DJ sets– where Dance Robots Dance and their celebrity friends dished out the best dance music on the indie market.
Finally, the official after-party began. As usual, Dance Robots Dance successfully hosted the best party OKC could imagine and brought friends Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns, and Mattie Druzzi, Vito Roccoforte and Luke the Duke (of the Rapture and Throne of Blood) to help keep the dance beats going.