The Rapture, Under the Influence of Giants, Locksley
Birdy’s Bar and Grill
Tuesday, Feb. 6
The truest Rapture fans lumbered through Indy’s streets Tuesday, narrowly escaping car accidents in the thick snow, to make it to Birdy’s. At 8:30 p.m., Madison, Wisc.’s Locksley took the stage with quick, guitar-oriented pop-rock like British pageboys in skinny pants and skinny ties. Playing to a crowd of about 50 people, the band grooved to “Don’t Make Me Wait” off its debut album of the same name, with tambourine in hand. The Beatles-esque, shake-your-hips, easygoing rhythms brought a positive vibe to the room as the audience doubled in size.
Los Angeles’ funky psychedelic soulsters Under the Influence of Giants impressed with a Rick James “Superfreak” style of ’70s rock. With a Studio 54 attitude, the band played “Day Sweeper,” soon cuing liquid dancing.
By 10:45 p.m., the bar had filled with cigarette smoke and bodies — stuffy, yet aching with anticipation for The Rapture. With a notable cowbell entrance by Gabriel Andruzzi, who later wailed on the sax, The Rapture poured into “Get Myself Into It” (its third song), later tapping into the sweaty, shaking crowd with “Sister Saviour” and “Killing.” The Rapture played three encores, including “Gon Don Do It,” “First Gear” and then “Olio” off Echoes, during which singer Luke Jenner walked through his sea of fans like he did three years ago at Chicago’s Coachella music festival.