The Neuehouse located in Madison Square in New York, right in the heart of the city is something out of the Hellfire Club from X-Men fame. Within the lower level, there’s a space that’s both swanky and intimate. A place that is home to the most devoted of performances calling on fans to crowd around in a space likened to a storyteller presiding over a camp fire.
Wyoming’s very own Allan Rayman depicts himself as an enigma. With a lot of glitz and glamour that may come with being a musical figure, Rayman recuses himself from putting his artform at the forefront. The newest album from the singer, Roadhouse 01, is best listened to in an isolated setting. As the singer does not provide the inspirations behind his music, it’s almost like a novel that you can make applicable to situations that you’ve been through – whether torn love or trying to find out who you are. The maybe 30 person capacity showcase serves itself to be the best location to really understand the mysticism of the R&B singer.
Before the performance, everyone was treated to a 15 minute short film based on material from Roadhouse 01. Titled Veronica’s Obsession, the film is a hybrid of two horror tropes – a woman who craves the attention of Rayman in an almost vampiric manner and Rayman, withdrawing to a cabin, which is a play on the first song of the album, “Wolf.”
Afterwards, Rayman came out, cap low, with an oversized sweatshirt and ripped jeans ready to fully immerse himself within the music. “I don’t do much talking, so we are going to get right into it”, Rayman said as fans gathered around, some standing, some sitting cross-legged within the slight glare of candles helping to accentuate the mood. Rayman sang tracks off of his latest album like “13” and a snippet of end of a song called “Repeat”. Both songs had a more bluesy take to them, fully utilizing the haunting and hypnotic vocals of the singer. The way he sang, the raspy and heart felt enunciations in certain words reverberated as if you were in a reenactment of these moments. Perhaps, it’s best to say less and let the music speak.
He also performed a new song called “Word of Mouth”, which was a result of a writing session between himself and a friend who played guitar that night. Fans sang along to older songs and by the time the performance was over, an impression was made. Usually, before the release of an album, there’s a celebratory mood with friends and figures who made it possible. For Allan Rayman, the same solitude that came in making his latest record was the best way to introduce a new chapter.