CMJ Week is Here, but first: the Rapture
[Pic Cred: The Rapture in London]
While last night's Rapture and Presets show at Webster Hall may not officially count as CMJ, in all essence it was. CMJ week is CMJ week and hell, some of the best shows aren't technically organized by them. At the very least it was a preview of tonight's official line up at Bowery Ballrooom. Or, more likely: tonight is an aftershock. For once, the entire volume at Webster was used to amplify the kinetic energy pulsing on the floor.
The Presets won me over early, proving that they could not only dominate the vast room but they could so with only two members. I've rarely seen a headliner so well-executed at Webster let alone an opener. Yet still, make no mistake. They by no means upstaged anybody. The Rapture -you see- came through loud -and I mean LOUD!- and forceful. The dance floor was awash in revelry and sweat. Less like a concert and more like a club, it's the type of show Webster Hall is designed for.
Major bonus points to the band for the constant playback. They didn't stop to tune and barely had any closure to any songs, instead flowing from one into the next as if the sweaty masses would cease if they ever stopped to realize their exhaustion.
Rachael was there: "I must say seeing The Rapture last night was the perfect way to kick off this week. By golly! I've never seen the band live before and was totally and utterly impressed."