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Ra Ra Riot

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.

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releases

bark177: Ra Ra Riot / The Rhumb Line (Deluxe Edition)
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bark168: Ra Ra Riot / Need Your Light Remix EP
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upcoming shows

14 Jun  

Los Angeles CA  @ Greek Theatre

15 Jun  

San Francisco CA  @ Bill Graham Civic Center

18 Jun  

Portland OR  @ Theater Of The Clouds

19 Jun  

Seattle WA  @ WaMu Theater

21 Jun  

Salt Lake City UT  @ USANA Amphitheatre

22 Jun  

Denver CO  @ Levitt Pavillion Denver

23 Jun  

Kansas City MO  @ Starlight Theatre 

25 Jun  

Maryland Heights MO  @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

27 Jun  

Chicago IL  @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

28 Jun  

Sterling Heights MI  @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill