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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Forecast of 'Racing Rain' for Smyrna area

  • Indie quartet Racing Rain will storm Cooldog Concert Series in northern Kent County on Dec. 1, with lightning summoned from the band's percussionist, Thor “Thundergod” Jonsson.
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  • Indie quartet Racing Rain will storm Cooldog Concert Series in northern Kent County on Dec. 1, with lightning summoned from the band's percussionist, Thor "Thundergod" Jonsson.
    The Thundergod (a human octopus who can play drums and keyboard simultaneously) is only one of the talented characters in Racing Rain, a New York City-based outfit that fuses Americana, bluegrass, electronic, jazz and other elements to shape their sound. Additional members of the quartet are frontman Carmen Yates (vocals, guitar), Christina "Ninja" Kim (vocals, guitar, keyboards and violin) and Ali Cook (vocals, piano and upright bass).
    The band's amped to play cuts off their upcoming album, "Fallen From Favor," slated to drop in late January.
    One of the new songs Racing Rain is ecstatic to show off at Cooldog (a private house concert located in northern Kent County near Smyrna) is "Dark Hymn" — a gloomy, electronic-driven tune.
    "It's definitely one of my favorites," smiled Ninja, 22. "I like music that's on the darker, edgier side."
    Ninja attributed the edginess of the tune to Yates' sorrowful lyrics.
    "It's about a man repenting who has fallen out of favor from God, or whatever, and he realizes it," explained Yates, who penned the tune. "It's a dark story, but it's upbeat."
    Hungry for waffles
    A New York native, Ninja (also known as "Kim Possible," "Panda" and "Pikachu"), says the farthest south she's traveled outside of New York was to Washington, DC. And she's never been to a Waffle House.
    Yates, meanwhile, is a transplant from the Eastern Shore of Maryland who's privy to the pleasures of dining at a Waffle House. Yates even mentioned he might introduce Ninja to the ways of the Waffle House in Smyrna after their show at Cooldog; Ninja loves the idea.
    "I'm so stoked!" she exclaimed.
    The origins
    Racing Rain was founded by Yates and Thundergod around 2010, and was assembled in peculiar fashion.
    It all started after Yates dared Thundergod to play a gig with him.
    That same year, Yates was certain that a female vocalist/musician was needed to complete the band's sound, so he began searching. As dumb luck would have it, he spotted an upright bassist maneuvering through the crowded subway station at Lincoln Center.
    Running to catch up, Yates took a leap of faith and introduced himself. Upon discovering the keen appreciation the two had for each other's musical talents, as well as much common ground, Cook joined Racing Rain.
    In search of a second female vocalist, Yates eventually found Ninja singing a song on YouTube. He invited her to a rehearsal; she blew Yates away and was welcomed as an official member of the band last March.
    Page 2 of 2 - Yates is still smiling from ear to ear about this attractive outfit he's helped to construct.
    "I feel lucky, I think we all do," he said. "With the exception of me, we're a good looking band."
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Racing Rain in concert
    WHEN 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
    WHERE Cooldog Concert Series, house concert in northern Kent County (address provided with RSVP)
    COST $10 (ages 10-18 & active military); $15 general admission
    INFO cooldogconcerts.com
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