It’s debatable what sticks to me more at CBGB's, the grit on the floor or the spirit of rock n roll legends who’ve played there. It’s a meeting of now and then which are actually the same thing. Rock broke through the somnolent barrier of the blue skies cult of personality that once persisted and revealed the faster paced, louder and dirtier reality that could no longer be ignored.

CBGB's opened in the mid 1970s when the death of rock n roll had already been pronounced. Still, it hosted the sounds of the Ramones, the Talking Heads and Blondie. These three acts plowed the acreage of new sub genres which ended up being a fertile playground for RANA’s hearty young appetite but now is the time for them establish their own realm.

On Friday, June 14th, RANA releases their first album, Here in the USA, the trumpet that calls their charge out into the open territories of music. It’s diversity and balanced, intellectual brawn sweeps across the existing landscape to the frontiers of newness reflected in their own lives. Now that all of the members of RANA have moved beyond college, their touring schedule and geographic breadth will be as lush as their musical vocabulary already is.

Over the next two months alone, they’ll be opening for Mary Prankster in her Baltimore turf, for Ween at The NorVa in Norfolk and they’ll be playing at Bonnaroo. Their festival run continues through the summer with stops in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville and Atlanta with bands such as Galactic, Widespread Panic, Better than Ezra and Cracker. After their run around the country is done, they’ll be welcomed home with their own boat cruise on August 20th.

Although they’ve been around for more than two years, new and exciting episodes in RANA's career keep unfolding and Friday’s CD release gig at CBGB's is yet another. Opening for them will be Todd Deatherage, a veteran of the Dallas scene who’s been penning alt-country for many years. Also on the bill is darediablo, a three piece rock band from NYC who evokes the spirit of Led Zeppelin as well as more modern artists like Dave Grohl. They’ll be holding their own CD release gig at Arlene's Grocery on June 29th but this Friday’s show will buy you a sneak preview as only one of the night’s many facets of richness.

I’ve been fortunate to hear RANA play 10 shows in the last month and each one has been on par with the excellent rage of bands like Kiss and AC/DC. I’ve also helped them here and there as crew and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly they can step onto a set up stage and stride into greatness. Every show has been fulfilling but I have a feeling that the bit of history going down this Friday will stick with me forever.

Howie Greenberg
JamBase NYC Correspondent
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[Published on: 6/11/02]

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