The princes of white-hop are back on a full tour supporting their new album, Classics, with their signature snarl and electrojam flow. The second stop on the trek sold out the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. The audience was packed like sweaty sardines, including some glowsticking, breakdancing hippies. The duo & co. busted out the slick new tunes and a couple old favorites, backed by lo-fi visuals. They hit mellow lows, screeching highs, and drove pulsating riffs throughout. Definitely a good way to welcome the college kids back to town.
The new songs played well with the crowd for the most part. There were occasional tripped up beats, but mostly everyone was kickin it and dancing or at least swaying. "Wildcat", with its growls and swirls got a great reaction, and the stompy "Tropicana" made the floor shake. For the encore, the band played "a brand new song", which turned out to be "Seventeen Years". The familiar bounce was the high point of the show, as everyone threw up their hands and threw down.
There was much wailing, flailing, and sailing on Ratatat’s fuzzy breeze. It was hot as hell down there – in more ways than one. Plus, Ratatat was selling foam #1 fingers with their logo on it, which was certifiably awesome.