In RANA’s home state of New Jersey, there’s a place called Englishtown where every Sunday is dedicated to the obnoxious levels of speed and noise of professional drag strip racing. This coming Saturday night, NYC’s Knitting Factory will put two bands on stage capable of generating the same levels of excitement and throttle that the race cars do on that strip. It takes skill and confidence to rage down a lane of asphalt at speeds exceeding 300mph but you won’t see any of Saturday night’s acts crash and burn from the exertion.

Opening the show will be Supagroup who will set things up for the one of the most searing rock acts to come out of New Orleans in our time. Supagroup is the kind of band that lacks all compunction and feels totally free to ignite even the last drop of air around them while turning up the volume of your tinitis. After their last local visit, I was a few blocks from the venue before I could hear the traffic around me again. Their songs are built from the tradition of NOLA blues but adrenalized so much further that you’ll grow hair on your chest just listening, whether you’re male or female. Listen to the rock themed lyrics or get blown to the back wall by the music, it doesn’t matter. You won’t leave without being strongly affected by Supagroup.

RANA’s last NYC show was their CD release party at CBGBs, where they showed how well they could work the crowd and feed off of the energy of the night and the room. By the end of the show, they worked the audience up to such a fervor that it was hard to tell where the ground was. With the manic vibrations still melting the walls when they follow Supagroup, there’s no telling how much further into the explosion of colliding galaxies they’ll take it. Add in all they've learned during their relentless touring this summer and Dylan-esque prolific song writing and the possibilities of this being my last night among the hearing sane is very high.

When I went to the funny car races as a kid, I remember it being so loud that my father had to put his hands over my hands which were already covering my ears. Years of shows later, I’ve grown accustomed to the warmth of that subtle whine coming from within my ears. There’s no doubt the high pitched whistle will turn to screams Saturday night at the Knitting Factory with RANA and Supagroup and even less doubt that both groups will leave me valuable thoughts between those ringing ears.

Howie Greenberg
JamBase NYC Correspondent
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[Published on: 7/18/02]

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