Classic indie pop with a rich and sometimes dark vibe—especially when they get the dual vocals and cello/violin action going. But don’t let the fact that they have strings or songs about dying scare you off. Ra Ra Riot has mastered the art of sounding poppy and melodic, even when their lyrics get dark.
For Fans Of:
Arcade Fire (who they get compared to a lot based solely on the strings) and Vampire Weekend
Syracuse, New York
Most Recent Album:
“The Orchard”—which came out in August 2010
Random Fun Facts:
The front man for Ra Ra Riot is named Wes Miles.
Nine of the 10 tracks on their latest record were mixed by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla.
Their debut album, “The Rhumb Line,” features the best Kate Bush cover (“Suspended in Gaffa”) we’ve ever heard.
Most Downloaded Song (according to iTunes):
“Can You Tell”
Most Download-Worthy Songs (according to the IN music team):
“Do You Remember” and “St. Peter’s Day Festival”
Notable Tours and Gigs:
They’ve opened for some pretty great bands like Art Brut, Bow Wow Wow, The Editors and Death Cab For Cutie. They’ve also done a few headlining tours with cool, up-and-coming opening support like Louisiana indie-pop outfits GIVERS (also a DeLuna Fest band) and Generationals (who aren’t an official DeLuna Fest band but we’d personally be really happy if they were added).
Ever Played Pensacola Before?
Not that we remember (or can find proof of on the Internet). So it looks like DeLuna Fest will be their first local show.
Why You Should Like Them:
Spin.com recently called them “one of the best young bands we’ve heard in a really long time,” and we couldn’t agree more.