Ra Ra Riot kicked off its fall tour earlier this week with two sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Although it was by singer Wesley Miles’ count, the seventh time the band has played the Bowery, it was his first time with a guitar.
“This will be my first time playing guitar in New York City,” the frontman told the crowd as he introduced “Kansai” from their recently released album, The Orchard. “Now that I said that, I’m going to be a lot more nervous.”
According to Spinner, he did just fine.
“Miles, who generally sticks to singing and playing keyboards, proved rather handy with the Telecaster,” said Spinner. “‘Kansai,’ like most Ra Ra Riot songs, is built on drums, bass and strings, and in strapping on the guitar, the frontman was required to do little more than provide garnish. His tidy, chiming riffs more than did the job, and during the bridge, he peeled off a lightning-quick lead.”
Watch Ra Ra Riot, with the help of a whole lot of Fender guitars and amps, performing “Boy” at the Bowery. For more info on their Fender gear, visit their artist profile page here.