You know that feeling you get when some unknown force jolts your body with 1.21 gigawatts of electricity? Well… me neither, but what I do know is that seeing The Rain Within perform last Sunday at Human 2, was one truly electrifying experience. I mean that physically, and metaphorically. Their performance was a barrage of laser beams, dance floor ready beats, and harmonized vocals. Did I mention the lead singer shot laser beams out of his finger tips? Oh yeah, there’s that too.
Normally I regard cool effects for what they are, just effects. What I wasn’t expecting was to be hit with the stellar performance that followed. While each and every song was new to me, I felt like I’ve listening to them for years. I knew right then and there, I just saw one of the best performances of the night.
Since then I have learned a little bit more about Andy Deane and his project The Rain Within. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, The Rain Within has so far released 2 two full length albums and a few EPs. His latest album is entitled Atomic Eyes and was released February 14th, 2018. This album like his previous onces draws much inspiration from bands like Depeche Mode, as well as various other Darkwave bands of the 80s. While being a dark and moody, each and every track is approachable. It stays the course with providing powerful synth riffs and some really great vocals.
If I were to describe his music for new listeners, I would have to say that The Rain Within is all about heavy driving synth intros, excellent boom bap beats with the occasional chip-tune cymbal crashes. All this accompanied by Andy’s crooning vocals that phase in and out of vocalizers. All this is pretty much always followed up by an electrifying chorus. Every note is deliberate and polished to shine. To me, this is the signature sound of The Rain Within, and I’m in… I’m all in!
You’re take might be different but if your a fan of the Synth-pop and Dark Synth bangers featuring great vocals and old school kick drums I highly recommend giving them a listen. Tell us what you think.
What’s better than listening to their album is seeing them live! If you were not lucky enough to see them at Human 2, you can catch them at the NEON Retro Futurism Festival happening in Rhode Island on August 24th-27th. You can pick up tickets here.