Live preview: The Rapture
Brooklyn's onetime postpunk darlings come in from the cold.
Fri Aug 12 2011
Photograph: Ruvan Wijesooriya
It's been five long years since the release of the Rapture's sophomore album, the underrated Pieces of the People We Love. But the Brooklyn postpunk outfit has come home at last, teaming up once again with New York indie stalwart DFA Records to release a new full-length, In the Grace of Your Love, due next month.
The Rapture's dance-floor-tested, critic-approved debut, Echoes, released on DFA in 2003, established the band as poster children for an ill-fated dance-punk resurgence. While that movement quickly collapsed under the weight of a slew of stylish yet unimaginative bands, the Rapture survived—though not without sustaining some rather nasty blows from a disillusioned public—due to the simple fact that these guys, to the chagrin of many a bloodthirsty critic, are actually really good. Their choice of producers over the years hasn't hurt: James Murphy, Ewan Pearson and Danger Mouse, to name just a few.
The group's latest effort finds the band joining forces with French house aficionado Philippe Zdar (of Cassius), whose dance chops were on full display in the Rapture's recent disco anthem "How Deep Is Your Love," a track enthusiastically praised by pretty much everyone. Could it be that In the Grace of Your Love will inspire a warm embrace from the public? Perhaps fans might finally be ready to stop liking the Rapture begrudgingly, and start just plain liking them, period.