Three Imaginary Girls

Seattle's Indie-Pop Press – Music Reviews, Film Reviews, and Big Fun

Photo by Jeanine Anderson 

With the Comeback 5th anniversary party on Friday night, USE on Saturday and now Ratatat on Sunday night, Seattle is having one weekend-long dance party.

Ratatat is the shit-hot electronic duo that uses classic rock guitar riffs on top of a 4/4 dance beat to get people moving. Last time they played Seattle, at a sold-out Showbox at the Market show I wrote:

The duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud had a third member of the group in tow that played keyboards and provided most of the programming for this show. Stroud and Mast seemed to alternate between playing a snare drum, bass and guitar. They mixed effectively mixed using programmed parts with live instrumentation and at times the result was dazzling. They found a balance between live instruments and programmed beats. Playing against a background screen that provided visuals to accompany the songs (including one song that distorted the Paul Simon video “You Can Call Me Al”), the band played (from what I could tell) many of the songs from LP3 as well as a few from their two prior records, Ratatat and The Classics.

How are you going to finish your weekend?

  • By Sunlight/Brier Rose/Symmetry-Symmetry, Comet
  • Marrakesh/Mister Orange, High Dive
  • Craig Owens/Tumbledown/Ace Enders/The Color Fred/VersaEmerge, El Corazon*
  • Ratatat, Showbox SoDo
  • {Ratatat photo by Jeanine Anderson}