Tuesday night is taut without tension for Rainbow Kitten Surprise. The Beacham has a wringable kind of energy, which sweeps the room from balcony to floor.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise saunter onto stage, and the audience swells closer to the barricade. They are magnetic. From the moment Sam Melos, (lead vocals,) starts to sing, it’s clear he has the purest intentions for us. His drawl is bleeding through the speakers as he moves through the folky percussive beats of “Fever Pitch,” contorting his body more gracefully than I’ve ever managed in my 26 years.
These are five musicians who share a palpable connection through music which translates effortlessly from stage to every fan in the room. And, I mean fan. There was no half-assed singing, dancing, or intent in The Beacham. Every body next to me was gracious and loud.
RKS played equal amounts of their self-titled album and their latest release How to: Friend, Love, Freefall. Not a single song fell in energy. Melos’ showcased his stamina on the high intensity track, “Hide” with ample moves.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise are a rare breed whose objective is purposeful and cathartic music. Their songs are so expressive, moving through R&B, rock, and hip-hop fluently.
I somehow ended up in front of the five guys from North Carolina, face to face with the songs I’ve been playing from my backpack riding around the streets of downtown Orlando. My friends nowhere in sight. I felt safe. I felt seen. Fulfilled with sound and direction.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise LIVE REVIEW 2018 by Sarah Schu.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise PHOTOS 2018 by Chad Pearce.
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