The Young Rapscallions. (Morgan Demeter/morgandemeter.com)
Headlining a show of touring unknowns and local bands, The Young Rapscallions came onto the Whisky A Go Go’s stage in West Hollywood with a force.
Playing to a near packed house, they put on a tight, classic rock show. And I mean classic rock in that that they aren’t a “throw back” band trying to conjure the spirits of the 1970s, but that they are making rock n’ roll that is modern and clean.
From the moment they got on stage the whole room’s energy turned to them. Their show is polished and they have obviously taken time to make it so. There was not any talking between songs, or an introduction of each band member followed by a solo (isn’t that the worst?).
Their songs seamlessly flowed into each other, keeping up the crowd’s energy. It was fun. Their final two songs included a second drummer being brought on stage, which moved the atmosphere of the whole room to a much heavier place.
What struck me most about The Young Rapscallions was just how masterly they performed. It is apparent the show is for the audience more so than it is for them.
There was no pretension, no affectation, just music.