Rainer Maria reunited on New Year’s Eve at Bowery Ballroom with Moss Icon & Petal (pics, setlist, videos)
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
“THE 3000 MILE TRIP TO SEE #RAINERMARIA IN NYC WAS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BEST DECISIONS IN THE LAST DECADE” – @Successlessness
“i attended 75 concerts in 2014, many of them great; but Rainer Maria’s reunion show tonight was just epic. such a perfect way to start 2015.” – @LHH_CC53
“God damn. For a band that broke up eight years ago, Rainer Maria absolutely destroyed @ Bowery Ballroom tonight.” – Lauren Barker
One of the many New Year’s Eve concerts in NYC this year was the reunited Rainer Maria playing their first show since 2006 at Bowery Ballroom. The show wasn’t sold out, but it was pretty close, and it seemed like most people were huge fans and knew all the words. And judging by some tweets, like the one above about making a 3,000 mile trip or this person who came from Texas, people traveled from all over to come. They sounded great, were super tight, and looked like no time had passed since their initial run as a band. They seemed to be having a blast on stage too, smiling the whole time and getting really into every song. They played tons of favorites from all of their albums, including “Artificial Light,” “Catastrophe,” “Planetary,” “Ears Ring,” “Tinfoil” and plenty more.
Opening the show was Petal, the project of Scranton, PA’s Kiley Lotz with Tigers Jaw singer Ben Walsh on drums, who were a good match for Rainer Maria and in the holiday spirit, dressed up and wearing New Year’s tiaras. Then came Moss Icon, who have been reunited for a while now but were pioneers of the ’90s emo scene that birthed Rainer Maria and other bands from that era. While RM were mostly bouncy and upbeat, Moss Icon provided a darker contrast with the kind of stuff that mesmerizes you rather than gets you singing and dancing.
Rainer Maria’s reunion continues in Chicago on Valentine’s Day. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, with videos and the setlist, below…