Music ~ Ra Ra Riot

American indie rock band, Ra Ra Riot raved on tonight at the biggest concert venue in New York City.

Debuting songs at a sold out show from their fourth album, Need Your Light got everyone moving at Webster Hall in the East Village.

Walking along 11th street outside of Webster Hall. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Vocalist, Wes Miles introduced the band with the tunes “Hug” and “Binary Mind” to connect with the crowd. In that moment, I was taken back to the Seaport Music Festival when I first discovered the band in 2007 just before they signed to V2 Records. Of course, “Oh La” came along with soothing sounds of Rebecca Zeller’s violin.

Soon “just a minute and then you’re lost” was belted out by millennials. This song has only been out for two weeks and it’s already adored, especially guitar chords from Milo Bonacci in “Foreign Lovers”. Fans mouthed the words to “St. Peters” and rocked out to “TTTFast with a maximum capacity at the entertainment venue. 

Finding the light, Webster Hall. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Ra Ra Riot made heads bob and shoulders loosen as my favourite “Can You Tell” came on which won Best Music Video at the 2009 Finger Lakes Festival when the band signed to Barsuk Records. This was the track that made the band recognizable and we all know why. From the violin intro to lyrics mesmerizing you to bassist Mathieu Santos that send you into a distant daydream, closing your eyes and dancing in a circle. The baroque pop vibes at the gig filled my mind with memories of the band’s second album in 2010, The Orchard and third album Beta Love in 2013.

Enjoying Wes Miles acoustic intro, Webster Hall. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

When Bad Times started, we all listened. Wes Miles said, “I don’t normally play guitar…” and began to strum away. It was a beautiful moment. Also bad times are something most can relate to as we often deal with testing situations everyday. Music though is what keeps you going such as Ra Ra Riot’s 2013 single “Dance With Me”or even remembering your childhood from hearing “Bouncy Castle”.

Ra Ra Riot performing “Boy” at Webster Hall. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

After beats from drummer Kenny Bernard brought energy to the room with the track “Boy”. Then Ra Ra Riot played their top song on Itunes. The 2015 single, “Water” left a lasting impression and evoked emotion. Ra Ra Riot continued with inspirational lyrics from their 2016 single “Absolutely”.

The stage then went black and fans lingered hoping the band would return. About two minutes later, Ra Ra Riot performed “Need Your Light”. Admirers were singing, crying, dancing, spinning and really feeling something. It was an amazing concert! By the end of the night on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we were all using the hashtags: #rarariot, #rrrnyl and #needyourlight. Catch Ra Ra Riot while on tour in North America now.