Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot has just released Need Your Light, their first album in three years, and they will embark on a nationwide tour starting in March! We were able to sit down and chat with the band about their new record, and Thrillcall will be hosting giveaways for dates along the tour! Read the interview and see their full tour schedule below.

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Thrillcall: You guys have a new album, Need Your Light, coming out today! I loved the synthy direction Beta Love took; what can we expect from your new album that we haven’t heard yet from Ra Ra Riot?

Ra Ra Riot: There are aspects of Beta Love in Need Your Light but overall it’s a newly reinvigorated Ra Ra Riot. Rostam really added a new warmth to the songs we did with him, and he got some vocal performances out of me that I’m immensely proud of and think are some of my best ever. The rest of the record fed off of the collaborations with Dennis Herring who produced and co-wrote parts of Beta Love, our former drummer, Gabriel Duquette, and the production of Andrew Maury, Ryan Hadlock, and Rostam (on separate songs).

T: With Rostam Batmanglij out of the performing lineup for Vampire Weekend, what are the chances we will hear more collabs with him? Any chance of Discovery reuniting?

RRR: I would say more collabs are very likely. As far as Discovery specifically, we’ve talked a lot about it, and about the possibility of doing some shows, but for now it’s just something that we talk about.

T: You guys have an extensive tour planned for the spring. Where is your favorite city/venue to play in?

RRR: NYC is usually our favorite place to play because we have so much family and so many friends and fans there. But there are so many great venues and cities to play in the US. 9:30 club in DC is probably one of the best venues in the world, but even the small dive-y places we play between major cities are really fun too. It can be easier to get lost and have fun sometimes at those shows.

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T: What is your favorite song to perform live?

RRR: Right now, it has to be “I Need Your Light.” Definitely one of the most difficult songs to sing in our catalog, but there’s an epic anthemic quality to that song that we captured really nicely (IMO) and when we play it I still get chills sometimes!

Ra Ra Riot Tour
(shows marked with * are giveaways)

3/02 @ The Hollow – Albany, NY *
3/03 @ Paradise – Boston, MA *
3/04 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY *
3/05 @ Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
3/06 @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
3/08 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC *
3/10 @ Savannah Stopover Festival – Savannah, GA
3/11 @  Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA *
3/12 @ Saturn – Birmingham, AL *
3/13 @ Exit In – Nashville, TN *
3/15 @ Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX *
3/16 – 3/18 @ SXSW – Austin, TX
3/19 @ The Live Oak Music Hall – Fort Worth, TX *
3/21 @ Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ *
3/22 @ The Irenic – San Diego, CA *
3/24 @ Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA *
3/25 @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA *
3/26 @ Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA *
3/27 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA *
3/30 @ Neumos – Seattle, WA *
3/31 @ The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *
4/01 @ Revolution Hall – Portland, OR *
4/03 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT *
4/04 @ Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO *
4/06 @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO *
4/07 @ Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN *
4/08 @ Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
4/09 @ Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
4/11 @ A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH *
4/12 @ Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA *
4/14 @ Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON *
4/15 @ Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC *
4/16 @ The Cracker Factory – Geneva, NY *
4/29 @ Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL