The Rapture started a dance punk revival in 2003 with Echoes, Love Is All wear their influence on their sleeve ("Love is All" is a Rapture song) - what a great opportunity to compare live shows.
Last Monday at the Fonda, The Rapture accomplished the impossible, by getting everyone in the room to dance - the entire show. I'm not talking about some mild hip shaking, but an all out dance party. We would start dancing in one corner of the room, and end up in a completely different spot by the next song. With a wealth of material spanning Out of The Races to Pieces of the People We Love, the show was everything a Rapture fan could desire. The Rapture kept the energy high all show, by performing a seamless set of music with no commentary or instrument tuning. Unlike so many concerts in LA where people look bored and ambivalent, this night was about a love for music, and it made me proud to be an Angeleno.
Earlier in the month, I witnessed Love is All play their final show of the tour at The Echo (it was The Rapture's last show also. Crazy). However, unlike The Rapture show, few people danced. This isn't to say people didn't enjoy the show; the band just hasn't established a devoted fanbase yet. While the Swedish four piece didn't re-invent the wheel with their debut LP, they did create a handful of great pop songs. In a short but satisfying set, Love is All plowed through most of Nine Times That Same Song , and added two new tracks. Unfortunately, lag time between songs slowed the stamina, but they were too nice for us to hold it against them.
The Rapture and Love is All have the same goal - making people dance. The former are at the top of their game, while the latter are just beginning to bloom. Future touring partners?
[mp3] The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
[mp3] Love is All - Make Out Fall Out Make Up (via my Stress Relief Mix)
Photo Cred Los Anjealous