Ratatat: Space Jams

Riveria Theater – Chicago, IL
Two dudes walk onto a stage.
No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke.  Two dudes walk onto a stage, the screen behind them turns on and arms hit the air.
Its just two dudes on stage.
How entertaining can they be, right?  Two clear glass panels drop on either side of the stage, a white parrot appears simultaneously to the first note played.  The music is solely comprised of beats, blips and guitar riffs, as esoteric as that may sound they still put on a great dance party. Lasers and weird visuals that involve various birds doing the rapid head movement that they’re known for-which actually fits well with their music, the combination is almost beautiful in an odd way.  Clips of action movies are edited to flow along with the songs makes for an epic show, seeing a major action start jump for cover as an explosion go off, then on, then off, and every moment in between coinciding wit the the synth’s audio twists and warps.
Dudes throwing a dance party.
Half way through their set the crowd turned the concert into a full fledged dance party.  Aside from the plethora of light coming from the stage their were glow in the dark jewelry whipping around over heads and glow sticks being tossed across from one end to the other where it landed and who it hit now one cared, they were too busy dancing.
Dudes Manning the ship.
The movement of our bodies jumping up in the air to the beats blaring out of the speakers, along with the fog machine and the flashing lights the venue began to wake up.  The floor vibrated to the music, the images on the screens glimmering in and out to the guitar riffs, it felt as if we were all getting ready for lift off. Onwards, towards our space adventure to travel the unknown with a couple of dudes who know how to combine blips and guitars sounds into something amazing.
Take off!
Ratatat may not use lyrics in their music but that didn’t stop the audience from hopping on those beats and sliding down the distorted guitar riffs into the final frontier.
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