Rah Rah, the raucous sextet whose propulsive songs veer between buzz saw guitar driven mass vocal indie rock anthems and delicate confessional odes, make their U.S. debut this fall with ‘The Poet’s Dead,’ out October 23rd on Hidden Pony Records (available digitally October 2nd). WXPN’S Bruce Warren lauded Rah Rah as "one of the best new Canadian indie-rock band you’ll discover this year," praising the group’s “eclectic instrumentation, strong, anthemic guitar based melodies and harmonies that are sure to sweep you in with their energy.”
MTV Hive streams “Art and a Wife” calling it “one of the most sincere play-by-plays ever in a rock song”: http://www.mtvhive.com/2012/07/25/rah-rah-art-and-a-wife-stream/
Rah Rah’s live performances are momentous baroque rock celebrations that feature confetti cannons, white Persian cats, accordions, violins, and a piñata smashed to bits with drumsticks. The frenzied, eccentric show is also a parable for the emotional grit that inspires the band’s fiery songs of love, loss, and nostalgic youth.
Raw, emotional power erupts as Rah Rah captivates a packed crowd of zealous fans: http://t.opsp.in/o02yZ
As much artist collective as band, Rah Rah's music elicits group sing-alongs as band members rotate positions on stage, swapping instruments and taking turns on lead throughout a set filled with head-bobbing rock driven by accordions, guitars, violins and more. Every song features a different band comprised of the same musicians. “The Poet’s Dead” perfectly marries Rah Rah’s visceral live performance with their cerebral pop/rock songwriting sensibilities.
Album opener “Art and a Wife,” is a foot-stomping indie rock melody that tells the personal story of a jaded rock and roller. From learning how to play guitar to band-life and the romantic indiscretions that accompany it, the song slowly builds with the epiphany that all the rock and roll glory can’t compare to “a life full of art and a wife.”
“20s,” demonstrates the band's diverse talent in a haunting song with symphonic swells of hammering guitars and vocal roars set against a lyrical backdrop of regret and wasted youth. Driving beats in contrast to Kristina Hedlund’s fluttering vocals paint her desolate prairie home and the life left behind from being on the road.
Other album highlights include “I’m A Killer,” which occupies its own hazy, hook-laden space while “First Kiss” shifts between dreamy swaying tempos and marching layers of guitars, strings, and swirling ambiance.
Rah Rah is Marshall Burns (guitar, vocals), Erin Passmore (drums, vocals, keys, guitar, bass), Kristina Hedlund (violin, keys, accordion, vocals), Joel Passmore (bass, vocals), Leif Thorseth (guitar), and Jeff Romanyk (drums, keys, guitar).