It’s hard to believe that the current tour for Brooklyn-based Rocktronica duo Ratatat is in support of their fifth studio album Magnifique. As someone who’s charted their meteoric rise since forming in 2001, I can safely say that producer Evan Mast (bass, synthesizers, percussion) and Mike Stroud (guitar, melodica, synthesizers, percussion) have crafted quite the catalog of music which was highlighted in their hour and a half set.
Attending the first of two sold-out shows at Los Angeles’s Mayan Theater, it was clear just how far this band has risen in their 14 years, with a diverse crowd of all ages, all ready to move to the beats that only Ratatat can throw down. Their unique sound remains as timeless as ever.
What really elevated the set was Ratatat’s fantastic visual light show. It was one of the best that I’ve ever seen, perfectly timed to beats which each track having its own unique visuals and lasers. As a smokey haze of fog enveloped the audience, there was really no choice but to get down and dance. If I was to compare the visuals to those I experienced when I first saw them in the early 2000’s at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium, it would be like comparing an Atari 2600 to a PS4. They were that good!
The entire set was just epic, filling me with not only nostalgia, but in one word…Awe. I was in awe of everything about the night. Every aspect of the show from the audio to the visuals seemed flawless, and it’s a true testament to the skill of Ratatat. When I heard “Mirando” I rushed forward with excitement. When I heard and saw wildcat roar at the start of “Wildcat” I felt the pull of the entire audience as everyone seemed to be under it’s spell. When they played “Seventeen Years”, off their first album, I lost my shit!
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to catch them here in LA, after so many years, and see them still at the top of their game. Next time they are in LA, I will certainly make another attempt to catch them. No one really does it quite like Ratatat.
- Pricks Of Brightness
- Loud Pipes
- Grape Juice City
- Cream On Chrome
- Party With Children
- Seventeen Years