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October 3, 2013 at 3:16 AM

Falling for Raw Geronimo | Concert review

Laena Geronimo of Raw Geronimo. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Laena Geronimo of Raw Geronimo. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Seeing a great band for the first time is a bit like falling in love. It’s intense, exotic and sometimes it’s over far too soon.

That was certainly the case Wednesday night at Chop Suey as Los Angeles-based Raw Geronimo turned in a rocking 40 minutes of melodic mayhem that accomplished the seemingly impossible in today’s musical landscape: The band, led by Laena Geronimo, sounded pretty damn unique.

Raw Geronimo announced itself with “Van Gogh Baby,” a slow-burning track off their debut album “Dream Fever” that builds into a cathartic, crashing release of pounding drums and Geronimo’s supremely confident belting.

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October 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Raw Geronimo brings lush rock to Chop Suey tonight | Concert preview

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Raw Geronimo plays Chop Suey tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of Riot Act Media)

To write off Laena Geronimo as simply the child of a famous dad (Devo drummer Alan Myers) would be a mistake. Geronimo is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a background in symphonic music, a penchant for punk rock and a taste for vintage clothes.

It would be a similar mistake to write her band off as just another Los Angeles indie-rock pretension. Raw Geronimo, at Chop Suey tonight, has a modus operandi that goes deeper.

“I kind of always knew I would do this. I always wrote songs and I knew that at some point I’d want to create a vehicle for that,” Geronimo said. “I naturally was very shy, believe it or not, and it kind of took some time just running the gamut playing instruments in other bands (to get to this point).”

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