Rainbow Kitten Surprise play an eclectic, festive, colorful show at The Fonda in LA

Last Friday, May 10th was Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first night of two at The Fonda in Los Angeles, California. When the curtains were drawn back, they revealed an eclectic group of colorful creatures whose styles seemed a bit disjointed.

From a vibrant, patterned suit to see-through mesh shirts and glitter beards, the band definitely showcased a unique and diverse sense of style. Despite their exciting yet slightly disconnected outer appearances, the group worked in unison, a beautiful harmony combining everyone’s individual talents to form a strong, cohesive sound.

Unlike several bands I have seen live, RKS showcased a clear sense of unity that carried through their music and was evident in their interactions on stage. Their connection and exchanges with one another while performing showcased how they were not just a group of individual performers, but a family.

Lead singer, Sam Melo, is an amazing performer with an energetic and emotive presence. His ability to sing, dance, and jump around at the same time and for the majority of the show, was quite mind-blowing. Melo was an unstoppable force, a true entertainer with an insane amount of talent and stamina. He seemed to bring everyone together, running around the stage touching and holding hands with other members of the band. RKS as a group had an eerie yet inviting sense about them, and a hybrid energy that created a dynamism that the crowd fed off of.

The environment felt like a rave and an alternative dance party mixed into one. During the song “First Kiss,” which is off their 2013 album “Seven + Mary,” you could hear the echoing roar of the crowd as they cheered and sang along. Everyone in the venue seemed to be dancing, even if it was a simple hip swivel or side to side shuffle. Even this man standing in the back with a full leg cast had his fist up in the air.

Overall Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first LA show seemed to be quite a success. As a newer fan of their music, I was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph them and witness them perform. Also, with the release of their new album “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall,” which dropped April 6th, it was a great opportunity to hear some of their newer music live. The band continues to tour through mid-November of this year. For more information on the band and their tour schedule, check out their website, rksband.com.

Pamela Wang
Pamela Wang is a photographer/writer from Los Angeles, CA currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Find more information about her and her work at pamelawwang.com and facebook.com/pwwphotography.

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise play an eclectic, festive, colorful show at The Fonda in LA

Last Friday, May 10th was Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first night of two at The Fonda in Los Angeles, California. When the curtains were drawn back, they revealed an eclectic group of colorful creatures whose styles seemed a bit disjointed.

From a vibrant, patterned suit to see-through mesh shirts and glitter beards, the band definitely showcased a unique and diverse sense of style. Despite their exciting yet slightly disconnected outer appearances, the group worked in unison, a beautiful harmony combining everyone’s individual talents to form a strong, cohesive sound.

Unlike several bands I have seen live, RKS showcased a clear sense of unity that carried through their music and was evident in their interactions on stage. Their connection and exchanges with one another while performing showcased how they were not just a group of individual performers, but a family.

Lead singer, Sam Melo, is an amazing performer with an energetic and emotive presence. His ability to sing, dance, and jump around at the same time and for the majority of the show, was quite mind-blowing. Melo was an unstoppable force, a true entertainer with an insane amount of talent and stamina. He seemed to bring everyone together, running around the stage touching and holding hands with other members of the band. RKS as a group had an eerie yet inviting sense about them, and a hybrid energy that created a dynamism that the crowd fed off of.

The environment felt like a rave and an alternative dance party mixed into one. During the song “First Kiss,” which is off their 2013 album “Seven + Mary,” you could hear the echoing roar of the crowd as they cheered and sang along. Everyone in the venue seemed to be dancing, even if it was a simple hip swivel or side to side shuffle. Even this man standing in the back with a full leg cast had his fist up in the air.

Overall Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s first LA show seemed to be quite a success. As a newer fan of their music, I was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph them and witness them perform. Also, with the release of their new album “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall,” which dropped April 6th, it was a great opportunity to hear some of their newer music live. The band continues to tour through mid-November of this year. For more information on the band and their tour schedule, check out their website, rksband.com.

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