Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot

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"Like Dexy's Midnight Runners playing R.E.M, their show was truly astonishing." - NME "Ra Ra Riot's debut ep reflects their sense of adventure." - Rolling Stone "Ra Ra Riot are one of the best live bands we've seen in a long time." - Spin.com

Biography

March 2008 -- Ra Ra Riot formed in January 2006 in Syracuse, New York while attending university. The band quickly caught the ear of the industry and the tastemakers with many stellar performances including the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW 2007. The NME honored them as one of the Top 5 and Top 10 bands that played those festivals respectively. Ra Ra Riot had an incredibly successful 2007 releasing their self-titled, debut ep in July throughout North America and Europe, garnering acclaim in Rolling Stone, Nylon, Spin.com, NPR’s “All Songs Considered�, amongst many others.

Ra Ra Riot took to the road extensively touring with such artists as Tokyo Police Club, The Editors, Art Brut, albeit with the tragic loss of their dear friend and drummer John Pike in June. The band and Pike’s family put on a benefit concert last month in Boston to celebrate John’s life and music at the famed Middle East club; “Friends of John� included performances by Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club and Vampire Weekend. All proceeds from the sold out event went to the John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation, started by his family to begin a lending library of musical instruments that will allow underprivileged children to begin playing by borrowing an instrument, or simply provide them access to an instrument that they may have never tried before. The foundation plans to join forces with local high schools and colleges to bring these children together with students who are willing to volunteer music lessons. The long term hope for the foundation is that one day, they will have the means necessary to create a rehearsal/recording space and ultimately a community where musicians can continue on in the pursuit of John's passion, playing and creating music. (www.sticksman.org)

Ra Ra Riot spent November and December in the studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip, Blonde Redhead, Stephen Malkmus) recording their debut full-length, which will see release later this year. In January the band made their Montreal and Toronto debut, to packed houses. They sold-out their first headlining appearance at New York’s famed Bowery Ballroom before heading to SXSW, making six appearances in four days. The rest of Spring ’08 will be spent opening for The Cribs, followed by a co-headlining tour with The Little Ones, which will find them hitting nearly every market imaginable.

Discography

Demo 2006
Ra Ra Riot S/t EP
Each Year UK Single
Dying is Fine UK Single