This summer, RantMusic found themselves in jail. Not as prisoners, but as performers in the Antwerp State Prison, one of the more interesting stops on their recent, and first, European tour. Their vibrant live show made them many new fans and friends in the "old country", and secured their place in some of Europe's largest festivals next summer. Europe was the latest stop of many for this nomadic six piece band (five male, one female); a road-weathered group of musicians that sometimes calls Victoria, British Columbia, home.
Tonight, the main purveyors of RantMusic, McNarley’s Rant returns to Hood River for another show at the River City Saloon. Music begins at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover.
Their music is as diverse as their travelling grounds, uniquely blending Gypsy, African and western genres (including folk and punk) with their own high-powered, energetic style. It can border on chaos at times, with the brooding strength of vocalist, Ramsey Reid, surrounded by the well-orchestrated cacophony of the violin, mandolin and electric guitar. At other times, it is passionately contemplative. Their accomplished musicianship allows the stylistic variety, while maintaining the intensity and raw energy that is the band's sound.
Mandolin player and co-writer Rob Larsen explains some of the influences behind the music:
"Our sound is a lot more diverse than most bands'. When you live and travel full-time on a bus, you're exposed to life in a way that few others are. Every day is a new experience, a new set of changes. I guess that diversity of experience comes out in our writing. We don't deny ourselves any indulgences when it comes to our music, so whatever comes out, we play it and try not to pigeonhole ourselves."
As for road life, RantMusic doesn't see much change in the future. They are touring for four of the next five months, with a December tour of Western Canada, before heading back to Europe in January. They will also be releasing their second CD this New Year, a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album.
On Friday, Tanglewood shows its unique collaboration of multiple, varied styles of music all creatively blended to form an original sound previously unprecedented in live music with a stop at the River City Saloon.
Based out of Ogden, Utah, Tanglewood has been blending acoustic instruments with electric grooves while keeping the crowds dancing for over four years. With over 350 shows of experience along the Wasatch front and surrounding Great Basin areas (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon) and a solid repertoire of songs with imaginative arrangements, this 5 piece has the capability of captivating any audience and creating an energetic atmosphere.
Saturday is blues night at the River City Saloon with Brian Chevalier and his Electric Blues Band set to play the stage at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rivercitysaloon.com.