Another band making waves came rolling through Alabama on Tuesday playing at The Syndicate Lounge in downtown Birmingham. Don’t be deceived by the name, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is no joke. The passionate fans that lined up an hour before the show can back me up on that.
RKS was supported by a duo from Ohio named Caamp who is made up of Taylor Meier (guitar, lead vocals) and Evan Westfall (banjo, vocals). Their set was highlighted by a number of great originals like “So Long, Honey” and “Ohio” off of their self-titled album released this year.
They also performed a cover of Head and the Heart’s “Lost in my Mind” that had the sell-out crowd singing along. With the raspy, soulful voice of Taylor and the lightning finger picking skills that Evan has, these guys are well worth the ticket price even if they might be the opener.
Formed in the mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, RKS came to town with a buzz preceding them mainly due to their live shows that highlight their high energy and connection with their fans. They are currently on tour in the Southeast and are enjoying many sold out stops along the way.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise members include Sam Melo (vocals), Jess Haney (drums), Charlie Holt (bass guitar, vocals), Darrick “Bozzy” Keller (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Ethan Goodpaster (lead guitar). They have two albums under their belt. RKS released last year and their debut album Seven + Mary released in 2013.
This was the kind of show where you get there early to stake a claim up front and try to hold on to as much of it as you can because the band will try to connect with the people up front. This made for a difficult shoot but incredible show. Please, do yourself a favor and catch this band while they are still playing smaller venues, it won’t last long.
Check out more of Art Husband‘s photos from The Syndicate Lounge: