The Rapture - Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Tue 12 Jun 2012
Display of a band firmly asserting their own vitality
Are The Rapture a nostalgia act? After all, it’s now 13 years since their debut album Mirror placed them at the forefront of New York’s then-nascent dance-punk explosion, predating even LCD Soundsystem. The thin turn-out here – the balcony wasn’t even open - suggested their day is now behind them. But reassuringly, the furiously dancing Saturday night spirit they’d engendered by the end of the show told the story of a band whose history has been one of evolution, maintained quality and an avowed respect for the traditions of dance music.
A quartet once more following the departure of Matt Safer prior to the recording of their last album and the addition of a new touring bassist, their set was frantic and excited, led by twitchily dancing Art Garfunkel lookalike Luke Jenner. From the sharp funk of ‘Get Myself Into It’ and ‘Whoo! Alright Yeh … Uh Huh’, to the nerve-shredding, PiL-like post-punk of ‘House of Jealous Lovers’ and ‘Echoes’, to the bittersweet euphoria of the new album’s ‘In the Grace of Your Love’ (the title track), ‘Sail Away’ and ‘How Deep is Your Love?’, this was a band firmly asserting their own vitality. They can hang around for good if they keep this up.