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Ra Ra Riot started out as a baroque pop or orchestral pop band fronted by singer Wes Miles amazing voice. In 2013, the band released Beta Love, a record which left the baroque pop sound behind and went in a new direction, towards something more electro pop. As you can imagine, Beta Love was polarizing and not popular with a small but vocal segment of the band’s fanbase. I enjoyed Beta Love and was very interested to hear what the next step in the band’s evolution would sound like. In early 2016, the band released Need Your Light.
I hung out with the band’s singer Wes in Ra Ra Riot‘s busy tour van and we talked. What is the unlikely secret from Wes‘ past in school? What was it like working with Rostam Batmanglij (from Vampire Weekend) on the new record? How did the band navigate the rocky waters of change and growth? Which is Wes‘ favorite track on Ra Ra Riot‘s first record The Rhumb Line? How much does Wes love U2‘s 1991 album Achtung Baby? You have to listen to find out! (I even get him to sing a bit.)
Tracks played on the show…
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Water”
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Absolutely”
Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line (2008) “St Peter’s Day Festival” (mp3)
Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love (2013) “Beta Love” (background)
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “I Need Your Light” (mp3)
NO songs CANCON
Formed from the ashes of The Ed Fitz, Foals re-invigorated and re-invented a genre with their unique blend of minimal and post hardcore mathletics. In February, the English rockers released their third studio album entitled “Holy Fire.” Debuting at number two on the UK album charts, “Holy Fire” received a 9/10 on NME and was heralded as the bands most honest work to date.
Following a sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom tomorrow evening, the official after party will take place at Fortune Sound Club with a Foals DJ Set and special performances by Bikes and Mathieu Weary. $10 advance tickets are available at Highlife, Zulu, Red Cat, Beatstreet and online via ticketzone.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets, email winnieguestlist(@)gmail.com by 4:00pm on Thursday, May 30 with your name and “FOALS AFTER PARTY” in the subject line. Must be 19+ to enter. For more information visit the Facebook event page.
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When I arrived to chat with Lowell Sostomi from Great Bloomers, I had to break up an afternoon beer sesh involving members Yukon Blonde, Library Voices and Great Bloomers. But Lowell was perfectly happy to take a break from backstage shenanigans at The Commodore Ballroom to talk to me about the band lineup changes, Trans-Canada Highway tour van accidents and hardcore dental surgery! Listen to our chat…
Great Bloomers “Something More” The lead single off the band’s latest record.
Great Bloomers “Sunday Clothes” What is the secret behind this song? Lowell tells all in the interview!
Great Bloomers are currently on tour supporting their new record Distant Fires. They will be heading thru your city soon. Check out the tour schedule here.
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Band of Skulls are Matt Hayward (drums), Emma Richardson (bass,/vocals) and Russell Marsden (guitar/vocals). They are an alternative rock band from the UK with an undeniable bluesey classic rock flavour.
I sat down with Emma and Russell in a booth at the Commodore Ballroom while their crew set up for the show. We talked about how the two guys met Emma at art school, playing for big venues, their favourite songs on their latest release Sweet Sour and much more. Take a listen.