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Indie band Ra Ra Riot prep for Grog Shop

Luke Shivers

Issue date: 9/4/09 Section: Focus
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Ra Ra Riot has only been together for a mere three years, but their presence in the indie community is already significant. Ra Ra Riot released an eponymously titled EP in 2006 followed by the critically acclaimed LP, The Rhumb Line, in 2007. The music press pronounced the band an overnight success, citing Ra Ra Riot's refreshing and poignant rock aesthetic.

"It's hard to look at it like an overnight thing," declares Rebecca Zeller, the band's violinist. "We toured the EP for a year and a half. It's seemed a like a slow climb really."

Ra Ra Riot has taken a different approach to indie rock by including a violinist and cellist along with the more conventional rock instruments of guitar, bass, and drums. Zeller has played the violin since her elementary years and never expected to end up in a rock band.

"In terms of my aspirations, they were not in rock music. That didn't seem like an option," she said. It wasn't until her senior year at Syracuse University that a position in a band became possible after being approached by guitarist Milo Bonnaci. "When he asked me, before my senior year, I thought it sounded really fun," said Zeller. "My class load was really light and the band was more of a social thing than orchestra where you practice by yourself."

Ra Ra Riot has been touring The Rhumb Line for a little over a year and has made stops at several major U.S. festivals including South by Southwest and Lollapalooza.

They are currently on a fall tour in the U.S., which includes a stop at the Grog Shop on Sept. 13, and plan to hit the studio after their tour is over.

"We're demo-ing the all the new songs right now, it's kind of the first stage in making the album," says Zeller. "We're supposed to get in the studio in November." At such an early stage in the recording process no release date has been set, but the album should be a riot when it is eventually released.
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