Ratatat | 09.09.15

Ratatat 75The show consisted of very few spoken words.


Ratatat 500

The Pageant, St. Louis

The show consisted of very few spoken words. Most of the talking came from the group’s instruments that kept the energy flowing throughout the room. The lack of wording was expected before arrival because each artist has instrumental music in his or her repertoire. Hot Sugar played piano and guitar, and Ratatat threw down on their guitars with some occasional drum abuse.

The night started off slow with very few people there to view Hot Sugar’s set. This all changed by the end of the night, of course. The lights on Hot Sugar’s DJ table changed with each beat drop and there was a sheet over the lights that had a Rugrats swag to it. The geometric shapes with pale colors carried a nostalgic feel that matched the basketball jersey and skinny gold chain adorned by Hot Sugar. You got the feeling that this kid was of the late 80s or early 90s generation. 

Hot Sugar used his keyboard to make a beat live for the crowd and played a few guitar strums throughout the remainder of the show. The majority of his set was of him DJ’ing beats he made previously. One of my favorite parts was when he mixed in some trap drums with the chill beats. The background images of his set were pretty memorable as well because they were so random, I don’t even know how to describe them. Let’s just say they were a cross between a Kanye West dark twisted fantasy and a splash of Ozzy Osbourne deviance.

Ratatat came out with a bang, literally. A loud bang and a really bright white light shone and had the entire crowd squinting toward the stage. The rest of the visual show was just as exciting. It featured strobe lights and two tall glass windows that superimposed a vast number of images ranging from birds cleaning themselves to exploding classic European statues. 

You could tell the difference between the rockstar and the one who is just good at playing guitar. Mike Straud kept ending up in the center of the stage and dropping on a knee to show off. A few times he even came to the very front center of the stage and initiated a few crowd claps to match the beats. The other member, Evan Mast, pretty much stayed in the same spot during the show except when he and Straud came together at the end to play the drums for the encore.

The encore section started off with Straud showing off his guitar skills and ended with him throwing his drumsticks into the crowd. I’m not 100 percent sure if they hit anybody; I’m just glad I was able to squeeze through the crowd of fans to exit before the sticks got chucked. 

This show forced audience members to open their minds to enjoying music that didn’t speak to them using their native tongue, but spoke to them internally using no words. | Alexy Irving  

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