For her first guest post on Muruch, Starlite Diner‘s Laura joined the crowd entertained by Rasputina at The Troubadour in L.A. on August 14th. Following is her take on the show and an mp3 from the band’s new album…
The Troubadour has stories. In the walls, when you lean in too close, you can hear and feel the echoes of music and musicians. This is the place of music history, the Los Angeles edition, and one cannot help but expect something spectacular when you enter through its doors. On August 14th, in the audience watching Rasputina, that is exactly what happened – something spectacular.
Rasputina, part kinder-whore a’la 1990s, part gothic mistress, part Renaissance queen, and part Steam Punk warrior, is an experience that slithers into you, opening up something raw in you, and taking with it a bit of your soul.
I felt lost at times, not in a bad way, but definitely away from everything around me. The heartbeat thump of the drums, especially throughout songs such as “Sweet Sister Temperance” and “Saline The Salt Lake Queen,” were hypnotic – a musical temptation luring me into the ether.
“High On Life” channeled the musical souls of Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin – rock and roll meets the blues gone post-modern mystery. I swear, if I squinted my eyes and looked towards my right, I saw the three of them swaying along and passing a bottle between them.
My favorites of the night were the heartfelt “Holocaust of Giants,” off of the newly released album Sister Kinderhook, and the cover of “Teenage Kicks,” the 1978 hit song by The Undertones.
Though the music was truly the best part of the evening, playing second (and adding to those stories in the wall, I’m sure) were the commentary and asides spoken by frontwoman and musician, Melora Creager.
*mp3 hosted by band & posted w/ permission of their PR rep