Ratatat Raw

Written by Christine Werthman on . Posted in Music, Posts.


If Brooklyn had a wrestling team competing in what was formerly known as WWF’s "Monday Night Raw" (now WWE’s "Raw," which doesn’t sound as cool), Ratatat would provide its entry music. This electronic-melodic, instrumental duo has an epic sound that resonated throughout Webster Hall last night. Only a trio of musicians—Mike Stroud, Evan Mast and an additional keyboardist—set up shop onstage during the performance, but the songs that emerged had this heroic, larger-than-life appeal. Tunes from Classics dominated the set, and the sold out crowd acted as if its collective mind were actually being blown each time Stroud and Mast kicked into a new beat.

Stroud hunched over his guitar all night, looking like he’d just crawled out of a cave; his shaggy mop of shoulder-length, dark hair
flipped in front of his face and shrouded what his beard didn’t already cover. Mast, the taller, cleaner cut and more parent-friendly
of the two, politely addressed the crowd as "nice people" and provide the crafty bass lines over which Stroud’s melodies slid. A salute to
whoever conducted the lights: When Stroud got on his knees in a cloud of smoke, launched into a grand gesture of a guitar strum and that huge flash of white light exploded behind him, it was SpinalTap-magnificence in the best of ways. So perhaps when an updated
version of the famous 1980s WWF tagteam The Bushwackers emerges from Brooklyn, the team can borrow not just the Ratatat music, but also the smoke machine and the lighting master.

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