Excuse me while I try to find words for RAQ’s Sunday night performance at Ardmore Music Hall.
Though RAQ started 15 years ago in Burlington, VT, the group as it stands now could arguably be referred to as a super group. Rumors of a RAQ reunion began to flutter about the interwebs earlier this year after Todd Stoops’ dramatic departure (exile?) from Kung Fu. Stoops, though not an “original” member, joined up shortly after the band formed and was an integral part in its success before the band took a long hiatus.
But with Stoops a free agent, and two other original members Jay Burwick and Chris Michetti ready to get the band back together, fans didn’t have to wait too long to hear “RAQ is BAQ” in May. But still, who would keep the beat for the gang?
They borrowed Rob Chafin from The Werks in Chicago in July. It was convenient since the two groups were splitting the bill, but with several Northeast shows lined up, who would take the reigns?
Back in December of 2013, Dopapod and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans agreed to a mutual split. Evans had since been working on various projects but hadn’t fully committed to any one particular group.
Until August. Just one month before their mini-tour kickoff in Burlington, it was announced “Fro” would be the new drummer for the group.
Not that anyone had their doubts, but their mini-tour finale in Ardmore on Sunday night as a phenomenal indicator that this group of four is just beginning what is likely to be a long, incredible run. The group played like they hadn’t missed a beat over the last fifteen years, but with an energy reminiscent of long lost friends excited to play together again.
If there was ever a show that emulated the motto, “Never Miss a Sunday Show,” this was it.