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Sunday, September 7, 2014

LouFest ReviewFest: Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, San Fermin, RAC

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Remix Artists Collective troubled me live. I found myself questioning exactly what kind of "collective" this was throughout the entire set. RAC's ethos revolves around reinterpreting electronic/indie/popular hipster hip-wigglers to create albums chock full of remixes catchy enough to sweep one away into a sea of groove thaaangs and sing-alongs.

The issue is that, when recreated for live purposes, the set sounds like gifted musicians forced to play karaoke. Unless you are desperate for music stardom, or just completely out of your mind, don't punish your inner songbird with paltry representations of what you love to sing. RAC's albums have the ability to regenerate standbys like Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition" from soundtrack fare to the sublime. But in a live setting, something is missing.

I watched André Allen Anjos play along with a backing track. Watched the group's vocalist (a plum blonde with sketchy projection) sing along with a backing track. All I could focus on was that backing track. Instead of feeling excited to hear RAC live, I felt like I wanted to go home and just listen to the records. RAC's purpose seems more fulfilled on wax than through a kinda-live rebirth.


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