Really happy to have had leeds music scene at our EP Launch, over the moon with the review…
The Raged E.P launch. Invite only. 300 capacity warehouse. Awesome support acts. What more could you want?! Leeds based Electronic Dance band, The Raged, had fans amazed at their debut E.P and label launch party hosted at Eiger Studios, on the 23rd November.
The night was full of surprises, kicking off with the impressive metal invites, which expressed the time and effort these guys had gone to, and emphasised the planning and the importance of the debut event for The Raged.
On arrival I was met by an apocalypse of zombies, all with faces full of paint and fake blood, waiting in anticipation of what was to come next. Suddenly, the gates opened and out marched hazmat-suited soldiers with shouts of “Which one of you is infected?!”. At one point they had a guy at (fake) gunpoint exclaiming “This one is defo infected!”. After been rounded up, we were soon guided inside of the warehouse that had transformed into an zombie apocalypse heaven, providing fun for all. There was a real feel of attention to detail, making this intimate affair that little bit more special. Equipped with a “surgery” style room to the left, where those who thought they could escape the optional fancy dress (me) were proven wrong, zombie doctors quickly stitched everyone up with white face paint and endless fake blood, making sure everyone fitted the theme of dark and evil.
Getting the show under way was close friend of The Raged, label manager and ex front-man, Rubrick, who started the set off with his funk and soul grooves, warming the crowd up before the eagerly awaited electro-house band Killer Computers took to the stage. With classic analogue synths, live percussion and base guitar, Killer Computers didn’t disappoint, as the crowd of zombies bopped to the beats.
Up next was La La and the Boo Ya, a sibling collaboration also based in the local area, who with lots of audience interaction certainly had everyone on their feet. Full of reggae-esque/electro vibes, they stood out alongside the other artists with their junglistic, dubsteppy sounds which led the way nicely to the final, much awaited act of the night, The Raged.
Formed in 2009 by producer/DJ Martin Allinson, The Raged are a four piece live dub step/drum and bass/electro band, featuring vocals, guitars, synths and electronic drums. Full of live innovative performances, their motto is not to be restricted by genre or tempo.
With sound influences from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Prodigy and Noisia to name a few, they took the headline spot at the dance tent at Pitch and Nine Standards festival back in 2007, before closing the set at Kendal Calling festival in 2008. After a very successful 2011 tour, the band moved straight to having a top 10 worldwide sound cloud chart hit and later began to work on their album. With 5 years in the making, The Raged are finally happy enough to celebrate the launch of their E.P! So what’s to be expected? Full of heavy electro, techno and drum and bass,The Raged E.P launch was jam-packed with dark and twisted bass lines that get even the most techno hating feet jumping! The set never failed to please…And if that wasn’t enough the zombie audience were treated to an epic synchronised light show. I think it’s safe to say, the launch show was a real success.