After listening to their new album, Prophet, I was underwhelmed. Their music annoyed me. It had that bad, Gothic poser quality that reminded me of something that would have played at Hot Topic in 2002. So when I walked into Great Scott on Tuesday night, I was fully prepared to give a negative review of their show. Still, I reluctantly headed to the front of the stage and decided to at least give them a shot. But Ramona Falls started playing, and I started to dig it.
Seeing Ramona Falls live totally changed my impression of the band. What I formerly thought was annoying ended up being good, solid music. While I made the mistake of classifying them as Gothic posers, I realized it’s impossible to peg RF into a category. Their vibe changed with every song, and the gothic elements translated seamlessly from record to live set. When things started to get too eerie, they changed it up, playing that noisy garage rock that makes you want to shake your entire body to the rhythm. Ramona Falls offered the right kind of energy that every live show needs, and I left Great Scott with a completely different attitude.
As cheesy as this may sound, sometimes you just have to take a chance and see a band live. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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