The year is 2003. You’re flicking through the music channels on your TV, landing on Kerrang! as always. An alarm sound rings repeatedly through the speakers. On the screen is a man with feathers in his hair.
The song is In The Shadows. The band, The Rasmus. Don’t remember it? Refresh your memory…
Remember how you just sat and watched that video? Remember how excited you were about that song? The energy in it, the power in the lyrics. Even if you didn’t like it, you kinda liked it.
How great it would be to be able to revisit that song for the first time. But that energy could never be recreated, nothing could ever be that exciting again, right?
Wrong. Seeing The Rasmus in concert is all that, and more.
A band with decades of experience behind them should be able to put on a great live show. But unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Whether they are looking to break away from their older image, or just think they’re too big to interact with the crowd, seeing a band you’ve loved for years can sometimes fall flat.
Lucky for The Rasmus fans, they aren’t one of those bands.
With crowd interaction ranging from reading out fan signs, to making puns about Manchester (‘do you prefer Manchester or woman chest hair?’) and a setlist that spans over years, you’re left feeling like one of their friends.
Photo Credit David Bodnar
The crowd itself is a trophy to how long The Rasmus have been releasing absolute bangers, featuring couples with graying hair to children no older than 6 sitting on their parents shoulders. When you make music for this long, you are sure to develop a cult following, and when the lights dim and the band appear, age is forgotten, and everyone present is focused on nothing but the music and performance.
One stand out aspect of The Rasmus’ music is the heavy imagery in the lyrics, and when you’re standing in a dark room full of people singing these, it really makes you appreciate the effort put into them.
For example, when the acoustic guitars are brought out and the band take a seat on stools centre stage to play Not Like The Other Girls, with the crowd singing along like a backing choir, lines like “She lives in the clouds/And talks to the birds /Hopeless little one/She’s not like the other girls/I know” stand out.
It’s not just the acoustic part of the set that deserves appreciation though. Tracks like Livin’ In A World Without You are delivered and received with enough energy that at that moment, it feels like both band and audience are working together to bring the walls down.
I think that this connection is what makes this gig so memorable.
While it may be the classic songs like Guilty and F-F-F-Falling that got the band here, and you can tell these are still loved by the volume they are sung back, newer tracks like Wonderman go down a hit too.
It doesn’t matter at which point you joined the band intheir journey, once you’re in you’re hooked.
And when In The Shadows is played, finding the excitement that was heard on that first listen is not hard at all. And finding a room full of people who are equally as excited about it makes it far, far better.
Listen to The Rasmus most recent album Dark Matters here:
Featured Image Credit – David Bodnar