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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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Yesterday, Dundee guitar band The View released a free track "Sunday" on its official website. The song is a first taste of the band's forthcoming third album, which frontman Kyle Falconer promises will be "more articulate" than previous. Listen to "Sunday" from The View here.

Speaking to Scotland's Daily Record about the album which is scheduled for a spring release, Falconer said, "The new album will sound much cleaner and you'll be able to hear my vocals a lot clearer. It's more articulate."

The Scottish band is probably beat known for its single "Same Jeans." Falconer explained that the new album will be very different from 2007 debut Hats Off to the Buskers and its follow-up Which Bitch? He added, "We were proud of Which Bitch? but it wasn't well received and didn't get played much on radio. We were gutted."

Falconer revealed that his thoughts at the time were, "'We need to get back to the music rather than the craziness'."

Previous albums Hats Off to the Buskers and Which Bitch? were produced by Owen Morris, best known for his work with Oasis and The Verve, but Martin "Youth" Glover, who has made records with the Delays and the Futureheads and was founder member and bassist of UK band Killing Joke, has been chosen to produce the third album.

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