Ra Ra Riot at the Siren Music Festival (07/19/08)
Photos: Jon Klemm for Bumpershine/Siren Music Festival
First up on the Siren block is Syracuse’s own Ra Ra Riot, who played the Siren mainstage towards the end of the day. Here’s what Elwood D. Pennypacker (perhaps not his real name) had to say about them:
Ra Ra Riot probably sounds pretty darn good in a nice, small, well-spaced venue with adequate temperature. Their sweet, well-crafted orchestral rock sounds are more down home in spirit than they are proggy, but there is still something vaguely classical about them and it’s a good thing. But alas, the poor sound system at the Main Stage struck again and the band became drowned out in a chorus of hipster talk, Cyclone screams, an echo chamber, some kind of a speaker sound delay in the back, and various Astroland cacophonies. Shade had begun to win out the day over the heat but it wasn’t enough, and old Pennypacker had to pack it in and forgo a listen to Islands.
In case you missed RRR at Siren, you’ll be happy to hear that they are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 17 (tickets for the Music Hall show go on sale 07/24 at 10am).