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Rainbow Kitten Surprise @ The Metro

Sabrina Miresse | April 21, 2018

This concert reassured me of two things: the bassist in a band is always the weirdest member and thankfully there are still musicians making catchy tunes that have personality and are truly original.

Musicians these days often rap to the same beat and are caught trying to create radio hits, resulting in a Coldplay situation that the majority of people eat up. With Rainbow Kitten Surprise, I'm listening to their music, reading who they claim as their inspirations, and I'm not coming up with a simple answer as to who they take after or how they craft their songs. 

I can tell one thing: this genre-less band listens to just as much, if not more, hip-hop as they do pop and rock music. This musical diversity plays a role in the execution of their performances and genuineness of their records. 

The five Boone, North Carolina natives of Rainbow Kitten Surprise were joined by southern rock band CAAMP for the April 21 Chicago show at The Metro.

It was a smart move by The Metro to have ceiling fans blowing on the crowd all night, because the sold-out show had a crowd packed with music lovers trying to dance through the night.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise opened the show with the first two tracks from their latest album, “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall.” Following the two songs, “Pacific Love” and “Mission to Mars," was the popular “Cocaine Jesus” from the band’s 2015 sophomore album “RKS.”

The band was clearly happy to be in Chicago, “We’ve been looking forward to this for a while,” lead Sam Melo said to the crowd.

Melo showcased his hip-hop flare in “Fever Pitch” and his seductive dance moves in “Lady Lie” during the Metro performance.

The very fitting closing song “Goodnight Chicago” wooed the crowd as the performance rolled into 11 p.m.

There’s refreshing originality in this band’s tunes. Over the course of the five years Rainbow Kitten Surprise has been releasing music, their sound has stayed unique and each album is clearly recorded with tremendous emotion and personal care.

Sam Melo playing keys and Charlie Holt on bass. Photo by Kelley Sloot.

Sam Melo playing keys and Charlie Holt on bass. Photo by Kelley Sloot.