Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Live Review - Rudimental @ Bowery Ballroom

In the days after SXSW nearly every band that played Austin's most famous music festival flood either L.A. or New York City in the days after-- especially bands from overseas. English experimental outfit, Rudimental opted for the New York City route and played Bowery Ballroom and transformed the iconic club into one of the cities best parties and scenes, and even on a random Tuesday in New York, that is a triumph. The beauty about the city that never sleeps is that each night is just as important as the one before it, so with a room full of fans ready to break loose and dance their heads off, Rudimental had them eating out of the palm of their hands.

"New York, lets go mental," with those words repeated within Rudimental's 45 minute set, it was chaos and fun inside Bowery Ballroom. The English band are a combination of funk, jazz, pop, drum and bass, electronica, R&B, reggae, and hip-hop. Hailing from Hackney, London, the members of the band had their thick accents in tow with a stage show that would make even the biggest wall flower want to throw their arms in the air and have a blast. The group, which is a collective of DJ's, singers, a trumpeter, and bassist, brought the fire that had them become one of the most buzzed bands out of this years SXSW and into the eyes and ears of New Yorkers. Fueled by the songs "Waiting All Night," "Feel the Love," "Not Giving In," and an awesome drum and bass version of The Fugees "Ready or Not," it was obvious this band wants to be one of the most talked about bands in the world, as they should be. The camaraderie on stage and joy they have playing their music, it is enough to put a smile on anyone's face. While the band readies their debut album, Home, which will be released next month, gigs like this will have the hype around it growing.