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RAGDOLL BREAK YOU VIDEO LAUNCH 2014

RAGDOLL 'BREAK YOU' VIDEO LAUNCH AT THE ROCKET ROOM PERTH MARCH 21 2014

RAGDOLL

WITH REAPERS RIDDLE, THE NEVSKY PROSPEKT and TROY NABABAN

THE ROCKET ROOM PERTH WA

MARCH 21 2014

READ OUR REVIEW OF 'ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING' HERE

A night in the company of Ragdoll is always one that leaves you wanting more and tonight’s show is nothing different with the release of their second video coming just a month or so before they head out to play their third US tour.

Ragdoll - Break You Video

Tonight there’s a great support line-up starting with the ever affable and very entertaining Troy Nababan who treats us to some choice covers in the way that you imagine Faith No More’s Mike Patton might do it, was he that way inclined.


When you add supports like Nevsky Prospekt and Reaper’s Riddle then you really have a great night of entertainment, both bands excel tonight and Nevsky even has some new songs for us, and its newer material that sounds somehow edgier, more brooding and rawer, like a Prog Rock White Stripes via the Smashing Pumpkins (if those two things could exist within the same sentence without strangling each other). There’s a grungy feel to their sound too that feels good in the mix, more atmospherics and altogether it’s perhaps the best we’ve seen from them so far, promising so much to come.


Reapers Riddle is always a great addition to any bill, bringing their brand of high addictive Metal to the evening. We all love it loud and despite losing more guitarists recently the band sound great welcoming Faye Tality back to the fold, and her freer style actually sound rather splendid!

 

With Reapers you also get a dose of theatrics and some great audience interaction. Tonight Clayton is in fine form, calling early on for “Shots for Ragdoll and ‘handies’ for their drummer”. The best thing about Reapers though is that they always back it up with some damn fine tunes, whether it’s a classic like ‘Zombified’, or the crashing riff of newer number ‘Game Over’. Later there are even fake blood shooters for those in the crowd daring enough to accept them. A great set is rounded out by ‘Devil’s Fire’ and another new number ‘Labyrinth’, or as Clayton put’s it… ‘Motherfuckin’ Labyrinth’…. Hell Yeah! 

Ragdoll has grown so much over the last few years and take to the Rocket Room’s stage like they mean business before putting on a dazzling show taking us right up to date with a new song, ready for the US assault.

 

If you haven’t seen Ragdoll live before then you really need to – what you get is three supremely gifted musicians playing hard rock with a modern edge the way it was always meant to be.   

 

In a setlist that takes you through their three EPs Ragdoll has now divested itself of what used to be one of its trademarks – a well worked cover – and you know what? They are at a level now where their own material stands up so well that they don’t need it.

There are all the usual traits on display tonight from this fiery three-piece: incredibly tight rhythms, insane guitar wizardry from Todd, impossibly sweet vocals from Rafferty and songs that make you want to stand up, shout, dance, head-bang and sing along simultaneously.

 

Best of all though they have the songs, that gold that makes them such a successful band over in the US. You can imagine these guys even ten years ago taking it all the way. Well the music industry is a different beast these days and it’s so much harder for bands with real talent to make their way up that ladder. All you need to do with Ragdoll though is listen and you know you have the real deal. If you love Hard Rock these guys have the heart and soul of it pumping through their veins.

 

The night ends with the launch of their second video for ‘Break You’ the song which alsoe ended their set. It’s a video put together from footage of last year’s US tour and tells a tale of life on the road – a tale that still has a lot of time to run!

 

Catch up with Ragdoll at www.ragdollrock.com or via Facebook

 

Look out for US Tour dates coming soon!

 

 

by Jo Rockpit | Photos by Mark Diggins March 2014

 

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