Rainbow Kitten Surprise Gave Brooklyn a Puurrrfect Show REVIEW+PHOTOS: RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE @ BROOKLYN STEEL 4/10/18
BROOKLYN, NY – I had April 10th circled in my calendar for about two months. The reason: a band I discovered by chance on Spotify named Rainbow Kitten Surprise was going to be performing at Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint, NYC. Its name is a bit unorthodox, but this five-member group hailing from Boone, South Carolina hooked me the instant I hit play on “Fever Pitch”, the first single released from their new album How to: Friend, Love, Freefall. This is Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first US tour and they sold out the only NYC date so quickly that they added a second show to which I managed to get tickets for (that date also eventually sold out).
My excitement leading up to the show was unmatched, so when Samuel Melo (lead singer), and the rest of the band took stage, I shrieked along with the sold out crowd (despite being in the photo pit). Rainbow Kitten Surprise then went on to give a performance I’m still thinking about almost a week later.
Mainly, I still can’t get over how amazing Melo’s voice sounded live. I got addicted to Rainbow Kitten Surprises’ music because of how unique the lead singer’s vocals are, but hearing them in person gave me chills. His vocal range was incredible. As cliche as it may sound, his voice was truly another instrument in the band. His high-pitched drawls perforated through Brooklyn Steel in perfect tandem with the electric guitar, bass, and drum accompaniment. I’d say that was the first of two “rainbow kitten surprises” of the night, if you will.
The other, was how Melo turned out to be one hell of a dancer. When he came on stage, he look the part of a native Greenpoint hipster with his long scruffy beard, a coffee brand t-shirt, and some skinny jeans, and I did not at all expect him to start busting out some quick feet, toe tapping, hip thrusting and joint bending moves. He was energetic and full of life, while also wowing and almost seducing the crowd at times with some pelvic movements that were definitely NSFW. It was really fun to watch him move and groove on stage through each song.
Finally, what I particularly appreciated about the performance last week was the set-list. Rainbow Kitten Surprise went up and down their discography that consists of Seven + Mary (their debut album), RKS, and their most recent release How to: Friend, Love, Freefall as mentioned earlier. They played the hits like “Cocaine Jesus” and “Devil Like Me” in the first half the show, which really seemed to please the crowd. I heard someone screaming “Play Cocaine Jesus!” as soon as Rainbow Kitten came on stage, so I’m sure that guy was extra happy when they did.
I absolutely loved every second of Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s performance and I cannot recommend their live show any more highly. They have a unique sound due to the lead singer’s vocal talents and they also just put on an incredible show. Please go check out Rainbow Kitten Surprise when they come to your neck of the woods. You won’t regret it.
Mike Golembo, sometimes referred to as “Photolembo”, is an aspiring photographer who gets an adrenaline rush whenever his camera is in hand. Currently working in digital advertising in the wonderful city of New York, he’s always seeking new photo opportunities, no matter the circumstances, but particularly enjoys covering concerts. Slide into those DMs on Instagram, don’t be shy: @instalembo.