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Jul
08

ra ra riot – who says playing cello won’t land you a job in rock

Dodge at MyOldKentuckyBlog today posted about a band that I’ve been meaning to write about – Ra Ra Riot.

Out of Syracuse, Ra Ra Riot does something I recently wrote about – takes indie music beyond two guitars, a base and a drum. RRR is a five-person lineup, and two of them play classic stringed instruments – Alexandra Lawn on cello and Rebecca Zeller on violin.

One immediate way a band gets my attention is to bring something new or different to the table. By having a violin and cello, RRR is already begging for a listen by showing incorporating two untraditional instruments in their indie format.

As Dodge points out, they’ll be touring for much of September and October. If you haven’t had the fortune to hear them, check out “Each Year at Our Graves.”

…and “Dying if Fine.” And no, they don’t have a Smiths-like fascination with all things depressing – although their original drummer did turn up dead after going missing last June. Not sure if there’s any relation between that and these two songs.

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