Ra Ra Riot


bark160: Ra Ra Riot / Need Your Light

Need Your Light



bark134: Ra Ra Riot / Beta Love bark106: Ra Ra Riot / The Orchard

Beta Love

“Dance With Me”

The Orchard


Need Your Light, the fourth full-length from Brooklyn's Ra Ra Riot, is the sound of a band being reinvigorated by their own existence. Correspondingly, the album sees the band — Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violin), and Kenny Bernard (drums) — getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013's Beta Love. The result is an album that's celebratory without being solipsistic and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences in order to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze.

Ra Ra Riot had planned for a longer break after Beta Love. However, after a few months, they couldn't help themselves from working on new music. "The inspiration came very quickly," Miles says, explaining that he decided to fly out to Los Angeles to work with previous producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello) in order to start fleshing out ideas. Shortly afterward, the group went on a writing trip to Milwaukee and soon found themselves crafting Need Your Light with a host of previous collaborators, including Ryan Hadlock in Seattle (who produced 2008's The Rhumb Line) and Andrew Maury in Brooklyn (a longtime friend, collaborator and live sound engineer who also co-produced 2010's The Orchard). Also in the mix — as he has been since the band's inception — is Vampire Weekend's Rostam. He has a long history of working with Ra Ra Riot (including the Discovery project with Miles), yet this marks the first time he's actually taken on the role of producer for the band.

Whether Miles is singing about something fantastic or mundane, there's an enduring energy to the songs on this album which illustrate that in many ways Ra Ra Riot are still only getting started.

Ra Ra Riot reveal "Foreign Lovers" via Interview Magazine 09 Feb 2016

Ra Ra Riot — whose new album Need Your Light is due out February 19 — are happy to share a new track off the LP. "Foreign Lovers" premiered at Interview Magazine, and you can read what Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles had to say about the single in his Q&A with the magazine here.

upcoming shows

5 Jun


11 Jun

CLEVELAND, OH · LaureLive 2016 

14 Jul

PEMBERTON, CANADA · Pemberton Festival 

28 Jul

MILWAUKEE, WI · Turner Hall 

29 Jul

MADISON, WI · Live On Kings Street 

5 Aug

SAN FRANCISCO, CA · Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 

20 Aug

KALAMAZOO, MI · Audiotree Music Festival 

6 Sep

CLEVELAND, OH · House of Blues (Cleveland)

8 Sep


9 Sep

INDIANAPOLIS, IN · Egyptian Room