The Rapture are New York punk funk, far too trendy for me. And, at 2003, quite recent for this blog. At least there’s a Tom Middleton mix to be going along with.

The Rapture was formed in early 1998 by drummer Vito Roccoforte and guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner. The whimsical indie group had extensive touring behind them by the time they recorded 1999’s Mirror for Gravity. More touring ensued — with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Nuzzle — and the band eventually relocated to New York City. They lost their original bassist and found a new one in Matt Safer, who had recently moved from Washington, D.C. After some more touring, the band recorded the six-song Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks EP and had it released by Sub Pop in 2001. Thanks to their sloppy brand of scratchy post-post-punk, the Rapture was hailed as a forerunner of the post-punk revival that was taking place in the early 2000s. Their profile increased significantly with 2002’s “House of Jealous Lovers” 12″; that same year, they added multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi to the fold. The full-length Echoes followed for Gary Gersh’s Strummer label in late 2003. The follow-up, Pieces of the People We Love, was released three years later by Mercury. Tapes, a wide-ranging mix album, came out through !K7 in 2008. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide

There is something incredibly annoying about “House of Jealous Lovers”. About the way he sings. I say “sings”. I mean screeches. Now, sing properly or sod off. And get yer hair cut while your about it.

The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers (Cosmos vs The Rapture) by Tom Middleton  

The Rapture – Sister Saviour (Black Strobe Remix)  

The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers (Maurice Fulton Remix)  

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~ by acidted on November 10, 2009.

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