Ra Ra Riot: The Key To Melancholy : World Cafe Ra Ra Riot features swooning strings, pop hooks and sinuous rock rhythms in a session from WXPN. After the tragic death of drummer and songwriter John Pike in 2007, the recording process for The Rhumb Line proved to be cathartic. The album takes a positive outlook on the darker side of life.
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Ra Ra Riot in Studio on World Cafe 12/3/08

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Ra Ra Riot: The Key To Melancholy

Ra Ra Riot: The Key To Melancholy

Ra Ra Riot in Studio on World Cafe 12/3/08

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Set List

  • "Can You Tell"
  • "Oh La"
  • "St. Peter's Day Festival"
  • "Ghost Under Rocks"

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Starting at Syracuse University in 2006, Ra Ra Riot made an immediate impression with its innovative style and youthful energy. The sextet features swooning violin and cello lines, pop hooks and sinuous rock rhythms, bringing to mind Spoon with strings.

Ra Ra Riot's latest album, The Rhumb Line, offers a bittersweet look at reality. After drummer and songwriter John Pike drowned in 2007, the recording process proved to be cathartic, and the album offers a positive outlook on the darker side of life. In a session with host David Dye, the band talks about the importance of the violin and cello to its melancholic sound. Its members also dispute the assumption that the gloomy, nautical themes are all inspired by Pike's death.

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Album
Rhumb Line
Artist
Ra Ra Riot
Label
Barsuk
Released
2008

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