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Indie band Ra Ra Riot readies second albumNEW YORK (Billboard) - Just as the members of indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting ready to hit the big time in 2007, tragedy struck, with the drowning death of the group's drummer, John Pike.

But the band rebounded, releasing "The Rhumb Line" on Barsuk Records in 2008 and touring extensively. Now the members face another challenge -- releasing a follow-up and sustaining their career.

The list of indie bands felled by the fabled sophomore slump is long and ever-growing. But Ra Ra Riot, whose album "The Orchard" is out August 24, again on Barsuk, seems well positioned to beat the odds.

"Instead of being just super hyped and buzzed about, the band has developed a dedicated fan base," manager Josh Roth says. "They love touring and they love playing live, and I think they are in a great position to just keep growing."

Which isn't to say the band isn't concerned about its future. "I have a recurring nightmare that one day I'll wake up and never be able to write another song," frontman Wes Miles says. "But I try to steer clear of having too many quantifiable expectations, because spending all your time being worried about others' expectations just makes things worse."

To roll out the new album, the band will release a 40-minute film made during the writing and recording sessions. "It's half art piece and half documentary with interviews with the band," Barsuk co-founder Josh Rosenfeld says. The film will be included with the deluxe version of the album.

The band will play a handful of dates in August before heading off on a full tour in the fall. Miles says that these tour stops allow him to build a rapport with fans.

 

With a dedicated base and support from Barsuk, Ra Ra Riot appears set to follow in the footsteps of label alums Death Cab for Cutie. Rosenfeld says he doesn't want to make any grand predictions, noting that "the environment then versus now is like apples and oranges."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:23
 

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Rather than relying on an old standard track as an opener as so many bands do, last night at Orlando’s House of Blues Interpol started with a track from their forthcoming album aptly titled Interpol. This is easily one of the rawest, most authentic bands I’ve seen in longer than I can remember.

This band deftly ripped through nearly an hour and half of both old favorite tracks like “Rest My Chemistry”, “Evil”, “Obstacle 1”, “Narc”, “ PDA”,  “Wrecking Ball” and “The Heinrich Maneuver” while throwing in a balanced mix of forthcoming tracks, most notably “Barricade” and “Lights”.

In addition to an air-tight show, their encore consisted of four tracks including NYC” and “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down” and ended with “Slow Hands”, which was anything but slow.  This show was brass knuckles without the anger:  strong, fervent, and a complete blow to the senses.

Fronted by the almost otherworldly deep-throated crooning of skinny, blonde Paul Banks and energized by the English import Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino, Interpol didn't let up. Supported by newcomers Dave Pajo and Brandon Curtis, they were straightforward, professional, and didn’t spend time jerking around with lame introductions of band members or blowing smoke up the audience’s ass about how they’re the best audience ever

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