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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Mathieu Santos

All Music Guide:

Combining indie rock with chamber pop flourishes (courtesy of a small string section), Ra Ra Riot formed while the band's six members were attending college in Syracuse, New York. Milo Bonacci (guitar), Alexandra Lawn (cello), Wesley Miles (keyboard/vocals), John Pike (drums), Mathieu Santos (bass), and Rebecca Zeller (violin) first came together in January 2006, creating an eclectic sound that allowed them to play alongside the Horrors, Bow Wow Wow, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin within a year of the band's formation. After pulling up stakes and relocating to New York City, the band recorded a self-titled EP and prepared to release it during the summer of 2007. That June, however, Pike died after disappearing one night from a party in Fairhaven, Rhode Island. His body was later found in nearby Buzzard's Bay. Several weeks later, the mourning bandmates issued a statement confirming their continuation as a band.

Ra Ra Riot joined the roster at V2 Records later that year before switching their American operations to Barsuk Records, who signed them in May 2008 and released their debut album, The Rhumb Line, in August. Reviews were positive, and Ra Ra Riot spent the better part of a year on the road, where they toured with bands like Death Cab for Cutie and headlined their own performances as well. During a lull in their schedule, the musicians decamped to a peach orchard in upstate New York, where they spent several weeks writing songs and recording demos. Those songs eventually made their way onto The Orchard, Ra Ra Riot's second album, which appeared in August 2010. In 2012, Lawn announced she had left the band. The band did not replace her and began work on new material. In 2013, Ra Ra Riot delivered its third studio album, the more synth pop-inflected Beta Love.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
07.29.16 Live on King Street Madison, WI US
08.05.16 Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA US
08.05.16 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA US
08.13.16 Burton Chace Park Marina del Rey, CA US
09.06.16 House Of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH US
09.08.16 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA US
09.09.16 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN US
09.10.16 EXPRESS LIVE! Columbus, OH US
09.12.16 9:30 Club Washington, DC US
09.13.16 9:30 Club Washington, DC US

eMusic Features


Interview: Ra Ra Riot

By Kevin O'Donnell, Contributor

Ra Ra Riot were one of 2008's hottest indie-rock success stories: a preppy, college-educated sextet of friends who mixed gorgeous chamber-pop strings with tight, New Wave beats — think of them as a modern-day version of Fleetwood Mac. But Ra Ra Riot came close to falling apart: Just before releasing their debut, the band's founding drummer John Pike was found mysteriously dead in the waters of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, in June 2007. He was 22… more »


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By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

The Statement-of-Purpose lyric comes late in the debut by New York quintet Ra Ra Riot — long after we've been through sluggish winters and drowned ghosts and trips to Gloucester. It's simple and direct, and repetition makes it stick: "We've got a lot to learn from each other, we have got to stick together." This is no idle sentiment. Over the course of a fistful of months, Ra Ra Riot went from whirlwind of hype to… more »


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