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The Rapture Biography


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Birth Place: NYC, New York United States
Years Active: 1998–present
Genres: Indie Rock, Dance Punk, Post-punk Revival, Art Punk


The Rapture is a dance-punk band based in New York City. The band mixes influences from many genres including post-punk, acid house, disco, electronica and rock, pioneering the post-punk revival genre. The Rapture formed in 1998 by keyboardist Chris Relyea, drummer Vito Roccoforte and guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner.

In 1999 the band released its debut mini-album, “Mirror.” Following this release, the band relocated to New York. They were finally joined by Matt Safer having gone through five keyboard players and two bassists in an eighteen-month period.

After touring extensively for two years, the band released the six-song EP “Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks” on the Sub Pop label in 2001, with the lead track featuring in the film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel “The Rules Of Attraction.”

The Rapture were forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, as they mixed their early post-punk sound with electronic and dance elements via their collaboration with the celebrated New York production team DFA. Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi joined the band in 2002. Their first full-length record, “Echoes,” was released to critical acclaim in 2003.

In 2004, the band released a DVD, “Is Live, and Well, in New York City” through DFA Records/Mercury Records.

The Rapture released their second full-length album, “Pieces of the People We Love,” on Universal Motown Records in September 2006. Paul Epworth, Ewan Pearson and Danger Mouse produced the album.

Their song, “Whoo! Alright, Yeah…Uh Huh” is the official anthem for Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer.

The band’s fourth full length album, “In The Grace of Your Love,” with Gabriel Andruzzi filling the role of bassist was released via DFA in 2011. Phoenix producer/Cassius member Philippe Zdar produced the record, which the Rapture recorded in Brooklyn and Paris.