Ripe, The New Respects
Saturday January 25, 2020 09:00 pm EST
From the venue:A head-nod, a foot-tap, or a handclap certainly shows appreciation, but dancing seals the eternal bond between audience and musician. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, Boston-based seven-piece Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. Most importantly, they prove that “dance music” in its purest form doesn’t have to come from computers and synthesizers. It can be an unstoppable groove or an extended moment of ecstatic release. Like those bodies moving on the floor, it’s the result of the energy, friction, and communication between living and breathing people. An inimitable and indefinable chemistry has separated and singled out Ripe since day one. Subverting any and all standard genre boundaries once again, their latest offering confidently continues that tradition. These seven musical soulmates —Robbie Wulfsohn [[[vocals], Tory Geismar [[[guitar], Jon Becker [[[guitar], Sampson Hellerman [[[drums], Josh Shpak [[[trumpet], Calvin Barthel [[[trombone], and Nadav Shapira [[[bass]—once again incite listeners to move on their independent full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown.