Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday, we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Boy” by Ra Ra Riot from their 2010 album The Orchard on Barsuk.
Syracuse, New York’s Ra Ra Riot should be no stranger to KEXP listeners. Their 2007 album The Rhumb Line (also released on local label Barsuk) created more than enough buzz to earn them an unexpectedly large following and subsequent years of touring. After listening to their latest release, The Orchard, it’s clear the band has matured and polished their sound significantly since that first release. Returning to their upstate NY roots to record their new album and working with Chris Walla and other notables on production, the band clearly wanted to create something refined and polished. What they may have done is just created a whole new band. In fact, who took our beloved Ra Ra Riot and turned them into a big arena band? No matter, after listening to their great new single “Boy,” you’d hardly miss The Rhumb Line. In the battle of old vs. new, new wins here. No sophomore slump here. If The Rhumb Line was Ra Ra Riot’s “Bleach” album, The Orchard just might be their “Nevermind”.
The band is currently on tour in support of their new album The Orchard, and they’ll be live on KEXP this Labor Day during the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. Tune in on Monday, 9/6, at 12PM, or better yet, come down to the Seattle Center and seem them live! For now, enjoy this video from today’s Song of the Day: