Stricken City

Stricken City


London-based four-piece 'mistakists' - fronted by the sultry Rebekah Raa - serve up loose-limbed guitar pop magic - for fans of Young Marble Giants, The Slits, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Talking Heads, Life Without Buildings, Siouxsie Soux, The Wedding Present... the world is catching up.


When Iain Pettifer (guitars) first met Rebekah Raa (vocals/keys), they were wearing exactly the same clothes. “How could they not form a band then?”, you’d think, only the pair were actually in high school, in a math class. Nonetheless, as painstaking algebra lessons repeated themselves every week, it soon became apparent that while Raa and Iain couldn’t have been less bothered about square roots, their love for romantic guitar music couldn’t have been better suited.

It was a couple of years later that the pair first began writing together, sparked by Raa’s boredom at university, which resulted in the singer spending her student loan on a guitar and an 8-track recorder. Originally the plan was for Stricken City to consist of just two, until they quickly decided that something was missing and pulled together a full lineup.

While Goldsmiths music student Mike Hyland is the band’s newest member – having taken up bass duties in August of this year and playing his first gig for the band in the back of a taxi – Kit Godfrey has been Stricken City’s long-standing drummer since 2006. “We liked him straight away because he was a drummer called Kit,” says Rebekah, “there was no need for an audition.”

Drawing on influences from The Slits, Life Without Buildings and Young Marble Giants, the band’s new wave, spiky, jangling pop earned them support slots with Mystery Jets, Friendly Fires and Love Is All. Maximo Park personally requested the band to support them on their 2009 UK tour.

In November 2009 the band followed their limited edition debut singles (‘Tak o Tak’ / ‘Bardou’ and ‘Lost Art’ / 'The Traveller') with their debut mini-album "Songs About People I Know", which has received critical acclaim on both sides of the pond, from Pitchfork, NME, The New York Times, BBC, Fader, Spin, Uncut, Clash Magazine and countless blogs.

The band are currently completing their debut full-length album, to be released in early 2011.


Tak o Tak / Bardou - released on limited 7-inch on 28th July 2008 - ACTH Recordings - available for free download at

Tak o Tak received plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, XFM playlist, regional radio playlists, video play on MTV TWO and NME TV. Video was blogged around the world including on / MTV2 US Subterranean Blog / Gorilla vs Bear / where it received 45,000 plays in 12 hours.

Lost Art / The Traveller - released on limited 7-inch on 17th November 2008 - Blue Flowers Records

Lost Art received spot plays on Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music and another XFM playlist slot. Video reached number on on the MTV TWO Myspace Chart.

Outside the UK the band have been played on radio in LA (Indie 103 FM - passport approved), Cincinatti (, France, Germany and Canada.

"Songs About People I Know" released in the UK on 12th October 2009, with a US release on 2nd November 2009.

In the lead up to the release the band performed a live session for Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, a Black Cab Session and, whilst at CMJ, a live session for

Set List

Typical setlist approx 30 minutes. Current setlist is:

Losing Colour
Pull The House Down
Don't Spit At Her Face
Lost Art
Some Say
I Know A Place
Animal Festival

The band have previously covered The Book I Read by Talking Heads.