Photos by: Morgan Winston
By: Morgan Winston, Staff Writer
Madison concert-goers were treated to a night of energetic performances at The Sylvee this past Monday, and the snowy weather didn’t prevent Mt. Joy from starting the show at full tilt. The Philly quintet has visited Madison twice in the past year, with an opening slot for The Lone Bellow last September marking their debut in the city. The newer group has been on a meteoric rise, and it seems like just yesterday we took their portraits at Lollapalooza 2017.
The group structured the set around their recent full-length debut which included hits like Sheep, Jenny Jenkins and Astrovan. Their live set has greatly approved since their last Madison performance, with added transitions and instrumentals in between songs creating an effortless feel to the overall experience.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise took to the stage in a flash of strobe lighting. Frontman Sam Melo’s clear and melodic voice cut through their immense group sound immediately. He switched between standing in front of a keyboard to jumping off of the drummer stand in a matter of seconds, and his bouncy presence made him an unpredictable delight. In addition to Melo’s powerhouse vocal performance, the rest of the band carried their weight too. Bassist Charlie Holt and guitarist Darrick Keller matched Melo on energy, and added nuance to some of their more complex live tunes. This Rainbow Kitten Surprise concert made most forget that they were out on a weeknight.
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