West-Side-Love (westsidelove) wrote in 75vs76,

Sunday at the DAAC

"I think when people hear the word 'change' they automatically think it's a bad thing," notes Rahim drummer and band father-figure Phil Sutton when speaking about his band Rahim's debut full-length release on Frenchkiss Records, Ideal Lives. "We're three people naturally progressing." Change and progress are important words in describing the New York-based rockers, Rahim. With the release of Jungles, their debut EP on Frenchkiss Records, Rahim made a name for themselves by playing a fresh interpretation of the jagged post-punk style of the Washington, D.C.-area that is both melodic and patient, and built on a strong rhythmic backbone. Jungles saw Rahim adding soaring keyboards and hypnotic drumming, showing off a different direction sonically for the band. On Ideal Lives, Rahim can be heard continuing to experiment musically and creating a more refined and polished sound. After touring in support of Jungles with label mates Thunderbirds Are Now!, Rahim's two frontmen, Ryan McCoy and Michael Friedrich, moved from Manhattan into Phil's childhood home on eastern Long Island, where it all started. The band's members are all locals of the area, where they met playing house shows and basement parties with their previous bands. Writing new material in their old environment was strangely nostalgic, and the end product is haunting. The members of Rahim have always shared an affinity for the music of their parents generation, but going back to that time musically wasn't a creative decision, it just sort of happened. And so instead of taking an elevator up to a Brooklyn practice space, they went down to Phil's basement and began working on music that reflected not just their current situation, but also their entire lives. Recorded with J. Robbins (whose prolific career needs no introduction), Ideal Lives is beautiful and unattractive, sinister and hopeful at once. The record is a true testament to the progression and diligence of a band constantly evolving. There's something to be said about the sound of a Rahim song; it's encoded in every fiber of every song the band puts forth. It's an overwhelming sense of identity and it has been with the band since the very beginning.*
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