Frustration Plantation Tour
Denver, Colorado, USA
21 May 2004
Boulder, Colorado, USA
30 July 2004
Cello rock. Imagine that. I first encountered Rasputina at The Knitting Factory in New York City a couple years ago.
Rasputina's cello rock is performed by two women wearing Victorian dresses who make educated jokes about the 1800s that tie in so smartly with current life, but then they turn everything upside down when they blaze through roaring renditions of classic rock like Heart's Barracuda. When Melora Creager confesses to liking "big butts" and tears through the chorus of Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back, it's phenomenally hilarious. And all the humor is delivered in a deadpan fashion that only makes it funnier.
It was worth hanging around to meet the band after their "recital" at the Bluebird. It turns out that they're also extremely nice people in no rush to brush off their growing fan base.
Jonathon TeBeest, the drummer, went so far as to allow the excited gaggle of teenage girls to write, in marker, over his bare arms, chest, and back. He's going to be washing that stuff out for a l-o-o-n-g time to come. Zoe Keating, cellist, is an absolute sweetie. She bears a striking resemblance to Jennifer Garner, even with her wildly styled red hair. Zoe's been playing with an index finger she broke last year and which still comes back to haunt her. Plus she broke her toe somewhere along the way; just don't tell her to break a leg. She might do it.
As for Melora, she's the genius behind the operation and runs the show all on her own. Quite a remarkable talent.
Cello rock. Check it out. And check out Melora's full Range of Rasputina ambitions and humor at Rasputina.com.