Monday night was my second time seeing Ratatat. Even though I knew that the gig would be amazing, I was a little anxious that it wouldn't be nearly as amazing as last year's and would feel lame in comparison (CSS, anyone?). Turns out I needn't have worried. I got up close since I love watching how musicians translate what they recorded in studio to a live performance. Especially with Ratatat, with all their intricacies, distortion, pedals and loops.
When I'm listening to Ratatat I tend to make the guitar sounds with my mouth, it's my way of singing along to their layered instrumental music. At the gig I was pleased to find that I'm not the only one who does it. I could hear the people around me do the same thing, noodling along with the guitarists on stage.
Set List (which I stole):
I thought Flynn was an odd choice for their live show, since it's so downbeat in comparison to the rest of their stuff, but I soon realised it was like the calm before the storm when they launched into their most dancey tracks: Mi Viejo, Mirando and (my three favourite Ratatat songs), Loud Pipes, Falcon Jab and Wildcat. Anyone who knows my full name might realise why I have a particular fondness for Falcon Jab, hehe.
Olwyn and I, taken by fasterlouder.com.au
Ratatat are playing in Wellington tonight, before coming back to Melbourne tomorrow night for their second show, followed by an afterparty at Roxanne Parlour. You can buy tickets here: moshtix.com.au. I really really hope they play some of their mixtape remixes, especially Party and Bullshit and Fix Up, Look Sharp.