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Ra Ra Riot Biography


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Birth Place: Syracuse, NY, USA
Years Active: 2006–present
Genres: Indie Rock, Baroque Pop, Chamber Pop


Ra Ra Riot is an American indie rock band from Syracuse, New York, consisting of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Kenny Bernard. Ra Ra Riot formed in January 2006, playing at houses and venues around the Syracuse University campus and recorded a demo in February 2006.

In July 2007 an eponymous EP of six songs was released on the Rebel Group label. In the winter of 2007, the band signed to the major label V2 Records. To celebrate their new label deal, Ra Ra Riot released “Dying Is Fine” and “Each Year (RAC Mix)” on 7" vinyl single.

In May 2008, the band announced that they had signed to Barsuk Records. Their debut album “The Rhumb Lin” was released in August 2008 in the United States and Canada. It was released in Europe via V2/Cooperative Music in September 2008. In the spring of 2009, Barsuk released an EP, “Can You Tell,” featuring remixes, early demos and live recordings.

Another EP, “Boy,” was issued by Barsuk in early 2010. The band released their second album, “The Orchard” in August 2010. “The Orchard” was produced by Ra Ra Riot and Andrew Maury, and all but one track was mixed by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, with one mixed by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. The album reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their EP, “Too Dramatic,” was issued by Barsuk in 2011.