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Written by Lisa Lippitt   
Sunday, 12 September 2010 11:29

No Cherry-picking Necessary: Ra Ra Riot’s The Orchard Produces Bountiful FruitSextet Ra Ra Riot has finally produced a new full-length album that is as solid as the two years fans have waited for it.

Vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Gabriel Duquette deliver tracks as crisp and sweet as autumn in their native upstate New York.  Despite the fact that they all look like they should be at home studying for finals, this album is mature and confident.  No standing against the wall at this school dance.  Their fresh young faces betray the depth of their talent and their lyrics.

Their first single, “Boy” is poppy, upbeat, and definitely worth a good head bobbing.  Be sure to check out the video here .

Despite it not containing many individual singles, as a whole the album sounds as a live show without the annoying crowd background noise.  While still a studio album, it has all the energy of a live performance.  It swerves, it sways, and it swoons.

Lyrics like “I can’t find my roads/I can’t, I can’t find my roads/Honestly I don’t want to hear the thought that I had/But I can’t feel any more with you” from the fifth track “Massachusetts” deliver a typical Ra Ra sentiment but without being overly dramatic.  “You and I Know” takes a road not often taken for this quarter as it allows Alexandra Lawn to show off a more stylized Hope Sandoval coupled with signature strings singing along in the background.  This sixth track gets extra bite from programming by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and the Chamberlin Boys Choir.

The final track “Keep It Quiet” showcases Wes Miles’ unmistakable and sometimes a little delightfully flat voice as he sings “If you want to compromise I can’t/Hold on” and “Maybe you’re sincere/Keep it quiet, Keep it quiet/Oh my heartbeat, keep it quiet […] It’s a cold life I choose”. Wrapping up this track with “All my doubt/All my doubt/How can I want to stay around?” and a solid, single drum strike from Gabriel Duquette ends the album in an anything but a cold manner.

Ironically, the only weakness in this bunch seems to be the first track, and the album’s title.  But one bad apple can’t spoil this bunch.   Any band that uses the term “anekatips” in lyrics is worth biting into any day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:55
 
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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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