The Ragetones caused quite the frenzy at Phil’s Radiator, on Oct. 4. They were the opening act, alongside The Nitemare Sieve. Goodstone was the main support and Stem Beach Soul Revival was the headlining act.
Jesse Hed is the lead vocalist and guitarist, Izaiah Perea is the bassist and vocalist, Nolan Smith is the drummer, Tre’ Bartell is the saxophonist, Matt Bach is the trumpeter and Ryan Gomez is the guitarist, trombonist, and trumpeter of The Ragetones. Kameron Schmidt the trombonist was not present, due to prior arrangements. Smith, Bartell, Bach and Gomez are also the additional vocalists.
Hed kicked off The Ragetones’ recital with an instrumental, before he encouraged the rest of his band mates to join along for “The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club”. As soon as they joined him, those in attendance began to skank to the Ska sounds. Perea and Smith were the only two to play their instruments for a bit, as Bartell sang the second verse and Hed provided backup vocals. Bartell and Bach soon chimed in with the horns section, as Perea jumped into the crowd and played his bass.
Before the start of “Cross My Eyes”—Hed mentioned the song was heard on a local rock radio station, recently. He went onto say it would be available on The Ragetones’ upcoming album and how it was due out in the upcoming months. After making his statement, the audience gave them a round of applause for reaching the milestones.
Perea maintained his momentum of jumping around, as The Ragetones continued with “March of the Coward”. As he jumped near Hed—Hed’s microphone stand fell down, everyone managed to keep the music going and Perea continued to play his bass with one hand. During the song, the stage couldn’t contain Perea, as he leaped off the stage. He hopped around in the pit and right back onto the stage.
“The Girls Not Always the Bad Guy” was the last song of The Ragetones’ concert. Hed requested for everyone to stay for the rest of the bands on the bill with them. He encouraged everyone to check out the merchandise they had for sale. Towards the end of the song—Smith left his drum set to sing along, as he stood beside Bartell and Bach.
“Powerpuff Girls”, “Still You See Me Standing Here”, “Lights” and “Someday I Suppose” were also a part of The Ragetones’ set.