Strobe Strobe Strobe: Raveonettes at Bimbo’s

The Raveonettes kicked off their tour in support of Pe’ahi last night at Bimbo’s in North Beach. And they played the hell out of the new album, which was okay by me. It’s my favorite Raves record since Lust Lust Lust.

photo 1 (4)They also burned the hell out of the strobe lights, which was okay by just about everyone in attendance, especially this one dude near us who bore a striking resemblance to Mark Strong. With every pulsing sonic wave, he broke into a arms-flailing, titanic stomp. Like a stone golem performing a raindance.

He also had some pretty interesting crowdshouts.

I’m generally just as interested in how the audience joins into a performance as I am with the performers themselves. It’s part of the reason we go to live shows as opposed to just cranking up the volume on our home stereos. Shared experience and all that.

And although I’ve never been a crowdshouter, and rarely associate with the like (the one glaring exception being last week at The Echo, and a Glass Animals show in which JF kept yelling “shooooegaze!”), I do enjoy the interaction. Especially when it’s a little odd.

Mark Strong was a lot odd. He writhed and shouted all night. Three of my favorite unsolicited exclamations:

“Danish rock music!” This just seemed so wonderfully strange to me for some reason. Like a grownup who likes to read highway signs aloud on a road trip. Something I did a lot of, by the way, last weekend.

“The greatest band in the world!” This one even got Sharin Foo’s attention. He cast a quick, quizzical look in our direction as if to say: dude, we don’t even believe that. But thanks.

And, finally, my personal favorite: “You don’t even know how good you are!”

Coming from a sane person, this might have come across as a response to the singer’s dubious reaction to the prior shout. But it was thirty minutes — and a half-dozen other random comments — removed from “greatest band.” Mark Strong, you don’t even know how high you are.

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